My endless summer is coming to a close mere moments after it began…or so it seems to me. “Endless” because I packed so much into the last eight weeks both personally and professionally. “Mere moments” because it never seems like enough time either personally or professionally.
I purposely didn’t blog over the summer because I needed to make time for other things in my life, but also because, to be perfectly honest, I was a bit burned-out with it all. I planned on publishing my first post of the new school year on August 1, but August 1 came and went without anything new. I had a mild case of writer’s block, but it wasn’t the kind of writer’s block in which I had nothing to say. Rather it was the kind in which I had too many options in terms of things to write about and I didn’t know which to write first. It also just felt a little strange sitting down at my computer and beginning to write a post after so many weeks away. So instead of using this post to explore one topic, I thought I’d use it to give my readers (and myself) a roadmap of some of the things to come over the next few weeks.
- The “seven-year itch” as it relates to teaching
- “Teflon learning” – how to recognize it and what to do about it
- Starting over at a new school – the good, the bad, and the ugly
- What museums can teach us about instructional practices
- Adventures in local history
- Advice and tips from the book Make It Stick
I hope you find something useful from these posts over the next few weeks. Enjoy your last few days of summer, and I hope your new school year gets off to a start with a bang!