At the very end of the school year, I posted about what I hoped to accomplish this summer. I am about halfway through the summer, so I thought I would check-in to see where I am at.
There were a few things that I forgot to include on my to do list, like finish my graduate credits (), take a CARLA course and RELAX. I’ve already been on two family vacations, spent fun days on the lake, read a couple of books, and caught up on some Netflix shows. I definitely plan on relaxing as much as possible before back to school workshops start up.
I am currently take a five week online CARLA Summer Institute about Using the Web for Communicative Language Learning. It just started last week, but I have started connecting with other language teachers around the world and I look forward to learning more and sharing ideas.
So far, my focus has been on blended learning and updating my classroom to provide flexible seating. I have been working on a blended learning presentation with a colleague for the MN eLearning Summit in August as well as brainstorming ideas on how to implement Personal Learning Time at the beginning of the year.
As for flexible seating, I recently found The Teal Paper Clip’s post about flexible seating and have been inspired by the transformation of her classroom. I also purchased a few items from Craigslist to add to my classroom. I found some barstools that I will need to reupholster and two green lamps that will add to the ambiance of the classroom. I will post pictures once I get some work done.
Next up, I am having LASIK eye surgery tomorrow! I’m a bit nervous, but definitely excited to ditch my glasses. After this I plan on reading up on IPAs, creating a Breakout EDU activity and some photo activities, and relaxing some more. Hope you are having a relaxing summer!