Try Something New!

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Do you ever feel like you have gotten into a rut with your teaching practice? Maybe you haven’t lost your passion but are looking to do something different than what you’ve done in the past. Whether you are a fairly new teacher or a veteran, consider some of these unique ideas to engage your students in learning!

Stitch in Time

Anna Davidson tried something most teachers wouldn’t even think to do with their students. She taught them to embroider! “With fabric, needle and thread in the students’ hands I have their absolute, undivided attention. They are learning with their hands and their hands are teaching their brains things that cannot be learned any other way. How to think in three dimensions, how to manage and manipulate the tools and materials to achieve the task, how to be the boss of the process, how to plan ahead, how to treat an error, how to avoid error in the first place. Their brains are as busy as their hands.”

Start from Scratch

What do your students need? What resources would open up doors of opportunities down the road for them? In one of the oldest public schools in California, Deron Ambler built a lacrosse program. Since its start in 2013, the school has successfully had a lacrosse team with the support of the student body, friends, a grant, and the community. Some of Deron’s students have even received full scholarships!

Storytelling with Podcasts

When it comes to technology, no limit exists to the ideas of engaging students with content! Jennifer Osborne opened up the exciting world of communication for her 11th grade students by having them create a podcast to share a personal event. Her students also created visual interpretations of poems through video-making platforms and collaborated on a literary group project using NoodleTools.

Serve the Community

Students can measure ingredients to make a cookie mix for local workers in the community such as police officers, firefighters, or nurses. Beautify your campus with environmental education. Donate non-perishable food, blankets, and clothes to a local shelter. Learning through service benefits both the students and the community!

Do you have a great idea to share? Are you inspired by one of these ideas? Let us know in the comments below!

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How To Make the Most of Your Summer Break

Summer-BreakReport cards are done, bulletin boards have been taken down, and you’ve said goodbye to your students. Before you know it, the next school year begins. Here are a few ideas to maximize your vacation days:

  1. Summer cleaning

You probably didn’t do much around the house during the spring, so take on a home project you have on the list, de-clutter a room in the house, and prepare your little oasis for the coming year.

  1. Read!

Take some time to read for fun. Visit your air-conditioned local library, a used bookstore, or even join a summer book club!

  1. Catch up with loved ones

You may have more free time, but your friends and family might still have work. Meet them for lunch, send a letter, or make time for a phone call with a long distance relative. Invest in the people you love!

  1. Be a student

Whether you need to move over on the salary scale or just want to revitalize your teaching, a professional development course can help you meet your goals. You will feel excited to go back into the classroom and implement all that you’ve learned over the summer.

  1. Work

For many teachers, more income is needed to make ends meet. So whether you choose to teach summer school or pick up an odd job, enjoy the opportunity to keep busy and earn extra money.

  1. Travel

Get a change of scenery and explore a new place. Recharge your batteries. It’s good for your health!

How are you planning on spending your summer break? Leave a comment below!