I’ve been reading lots of blog posts with lists about ways to recharge this summer. I couldn’t help but think of my own list. These are my summer “must-dos” that help me as I prepare to embark on the journey of the upcoming school year:
Eat Fair Food-Okay, I spend all year trying to eat healthy food. I mean really, I’ve eaten pounds of quinoa this year, but this summer I’m eating funnel cake and drinking that really sugary lemonade that you can only find at a fair or festival. There's something about fair food that helps me feel like a kid again. And, in my opinion, there's no better way to prepare for a new school year than to tap in to your "inner kid".
Read-Most summers I am able to read three times as much as I do during the school year. What I find is that my summer reading inspires me to prepare for the school year ahead. I am able to take the themes and big ideas from what I read and create the vision for my leadership for the upcoming school year. And, I use my summer reading to plan, a hopefully inspirational, beginning of the school year kick-off for my teachers. This summer I’ve already read One Thing, Radical Leap Re-Energized, and Greater Than Yourself. Now, I’m moving on to Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and then Drive. I am beyond inspired by the message of all of these books.
I’m also going to be spending time reading my favorite blogs by Cathy Mere, Franki Sibberson, Craig Vroom, Pernille Ripp, Tonya Buelow, WeAreTeachers, and the blogs of my friends from #blogamonth to name a few.
Oh, and, I’m also taking suggestions for other titles to add to my summer reading list.
Sleep in-I’m a morning person, I really am, but for some reason just knowing that I can sleep in during the summer is liberating. So, for a few weeks, I stay up late and sleep in (as late as my four kids will let me).
Shop-Most of the blogs I’ve read have encouraged me to go outside and explore nature in the summer, well I’m not a big fan of outside, but I love shopping. And, even more, I love going to the mall on weekdays when everyone else is working and I have the whole place to myself. I also love checking out the book recommendations from my PLN and using my Amazon Prime account to order them all! (I’ll be hiding my credit card statement from my husband this summer!)
EdCamp-The only kind of camping I like is “EdCamping”. EdCamps are my newest favorite form of PD. Last summer Twitter was my new favorite PD, now it’s an old friend. This summer it’s all about EdCamp. If you haven’t attended on yet, be sure to put it on your summer “must-do” list and sign up today. You will not be disappointed! EdCamp allows me to spend time talking to, dreaming with and learning from educators in a relaxed atmosphere.
Dream-Most of all, for me, summer is a time for dreaming. I spend a lot of time dreaming and envisioning what next school year will be like. I dream up ways to inspire teachers and students. I dream up new ways to offer professional development and new ways to push my teachers to become leaders and risk takers. I dream up ways to solve our problems and push us out of our comfort zones. I dream about where the journey of next school year could take us.
Summer truly is a time for slowing down and gearing up for next school year. It’s a time to recharge so that you can set your sights on the journey of the upcoming year. Enjoy this time, make the most of it. And, don’t forget to dream.
I hope my blog posts inspire risk taking and new ways of thinking. I hope to connect with other educators on our journey to always do what's best for children.