Below is a list of things I want to accomplish this summer...I'm thinking I may have bit off more than I can chew.
1) Determine which math videos I have still work with the CCSS, then create the videos I need to fill in the gaps. I'd LOVE it if I could start school and have all the videos made for the first 3-4 units.
2) Teach my son how to play Rummy. I love playing cards with the family :)
3) Create/Find explorations to go with as many CCSS as possible. I'm going to need some help here, and I plan on relying heavily on my tweeps (@lisahighfill, help a girl out!)
4) Sit by the pool...and read random Juvenile Fiction books, b/c that's how I roll.
5) Plan a "Celebration of Learning" that makes cross-curricular learning a priority. I'm basing this off an idea from Todd Nesloney about a "Math Fair" instead of a "Science Fair".
6) Read Teach Like a Pirate and Energy Bus. TLaP has been recommended by lots of people I respect, and EB was recently recommended by a good friend (thanks Julie Hughes)...I need to mix in some educational reading along with my not-so educational reading.
7) Think about/plan/organize a Flipped Classroom Writing Project. This idea arose from last night's #flipclass chat. A lot of people were talking about their students blogging, which isn't uncommon. What I found most intriguing was that most of the teachers were NOT English teachers. Science, math, etc. were the norm. I got to thinking, wouldn't it been cool if we could connect classes of different content areas and different grade levels...Wouldn't that be an authentic audience? I still have lots of ideas in my head about this one...stay tuned!
8) Play with my kids. Even though this is number 8 on my list, it's number 1 in priority...I've gotta play with my kids more, while they still want to play with me!
9) Figure out exactly how I'm going to weave writing into math on a more consistent basis...my grade level partner and I are expanding our math & sci/ss time to include our writing and I want to make sure I use it effectively. This might tie into #7 on my list.
10) Pick up my tennis racquet again and actually get out and play (it's been too long).
I'm fairly certain I left something (or somethings) out, and I'll probably end up coming back to this list as the summer gets rolling, but I wanted to write it all down so I don't forget about all the ideas I never have time to do during the school year, but just might have time to do in the summer...you know, when teacher's are on "vacation" and don't do any work.