Ahh summertime, a time for relaxation, vacations and recuperation. Haha yeah right, summer is the time you use to attend all those professional development workshops you didn’t have time for during the year, or create all those new amazing lessons you wanted to try out but never had time to get together. Those people that say “it must be nice to have your summers off,” or “I wish IIII was a teacher,” are completely clueless, not only do we teach and spend the time with their kids that they couldn’t handle, we put in so much more than the average work day and year.
But back to the topic at hand, professional development, that wonderful topic you never have time to attend, are probably somewhat responsible for in your school environment and the great way we can learn new skills and resources. Pd is a great way to learn new skills, you can go, get an introduction and have time to play around with it while someone is there to answer you questions. I have also found that going to a pd session on a topic I might already be familiar with is an easy way to learn about new resources that have just come out. Technology changes so quickly that it is difficult to keep up.
Summer pd time has its benefits and drawbacks, the benefits, which definitely outweigh the drawbacks are you have more time to learn about a topic, work up a lesson so it’s just the way you want it, and spend a lot of time researching (alright losing yourself) in a new tool to introduce to your teachers. The one downside is you can’t apply it in the classroom immediately and see how it goes, working out the small kinks that always need to be worked out.
Don’t forget to try and drag one of your teachers with you. You know the one, the one you can talk into trying anything at lease once. The one who will collaborate with you on just about anything, the one who’s not afraid of technology. When you can go with another teacher it’s great to be able to get that classroom teacher point of view. Something we librarians don’t seem to get often enough.
So go out enjoy your summer, but take advantage of that load of pd time. It will make the year more interesting, a lot more fun, and probably a little easier for you!