I’m not going to lie to you. It’s never easy but this year may be a bit rougher than normal.
Regular readers already know this – every summer since I finished my first year as a middle school US history teacher, I’ve had a summer reading list. A couple of very smart mentors suggested that I needed to take responsibility for my own professional growth and that reading for both work and pleasure during the slower summer months was a non-negotiable.
Best. Advice. Ever. And it’s was more than just a reading list – it’s more the idea that I needed to focus on continual improvement and the list was a practical way to make that happen. So . . . pick some books with content. Some with process. Some for fun. And start the fall semester smarter than when I left in the spring.
But this year could be tough. Both son and daughter are in the area and suggested that we do a summer family book group. Each of us pick a book, read it, discuss it, broaden the horizons. Great idea, right? Sure, who’s going to say no to that?
The problem is that I have never, not once, not ever, finished my own summer list. And the family book club idea just added four extra books that I can’t ignore to the list.
But I’m still creating the List. Cause . . . you know. It could happen. I could finish. I’m not kidding around this year.
The theme this summer? Politics and presidential elections.
My wife is smirking at me. She’s feeling her oats. Yup. Yesterday was her last day of school. As a fourth grade teacher, the last week of school for her is usually pretty brutal and starting today she can relax a bit.
My summer? Pretty busy. Over the next eight weeks, I’ll have the chance to meet all sorts of people around the country. That’s a good thing, I suppose. I like busy.
But right now she’s rubbing it in just a bit.
Cause she knows. She knows I love to read and that summer has traditionally been the perfect time for me to race through my summer reading list. This year, it’s going to be tough.
For as long as I’ve been in education, I’ve had a summer reading list. One of my early mentors (Thanks Mr. Ortmann!) “forced” me to do it and I learned to love the idea. Develop a list of professional and fun books. Commit to reading them. Talk about the content with others.
Of course, in all of the years that I’ve been doing it, I’ve never actually finished the original list. Schedules change. Books aren’t as good as I had hoped. A couple of years ago, I went on a Civil War binge and got completely sidetracked.
But the idea is still a good one. It makes us better educators. And isn’t that part of the job?
So . . . the 2014 Summer Reading List: Read more
It’s been a crazy spring. It was 90+ degrees back in February. We had snow and freezing temperatures into May. There’s been travel to different parts of the country. The Kansas City Royals led their division for the first time in years. I hit a wild turkey with my car, left my iPad on a plane, and witnessed my first high school spring formal promenade.
I’m ready for summer.
Most teachers are. And there are those who are suggesting year-round school. I understand some of the thinking behind the idea. But all of us need the opportunity for personal professional growth and summer is a great time to kick back, recharge the batteries, learn new stuff, and read some great books.
And I am so ready with my 2013 summer reading list.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve created a list of books that I plan to read between the end of summer and start of school. Working at ESSDACK makes it a bit more difficult to find the time but I’m always optimistic. This year I will get to all of the books on my list and finish every one.
This year? I’ve got a fun list and a work list. Read more
A couple of days ago I posted my annual Summer Reading List. Of course, I never actually finish the list. There’s always something that ends up changing my direction – usually it’s because a book sounds a lot better than it actually is.
But there’s hope. There are tons of lists lurking out there ready to help me find just what I need. So if you’re looking for some summer reading or even if you’re looking for some great reads for your kiddos, check out the following:
Love reading. Love summer. Love a good hammock.
So . . . perfect time of the year. I had a great two hours on Sunday – wife and daughter gone to a movie, son at work, slight breeze, cool beverage, shady trees and my 15 year old hammock.
Seriously, what else can beat that?
I’ve always been a big supporter of reading for kids and especially for teachers. We need to stay current and up-to-date with the latest in our field and content. So . . . if we’re not reading, our kids suffer because of it.
And for as long as I can remember, I’ve had a summer reading list. Of course, I’ve never actually finished one. Work, time schedules and changing tastes always work against me. But this is what I’ve got planned for 2011.