Hi, all. Someone recently said to me, "don't you have a blog?" And I was like, "I swear I'll update it. Back off!"
The school year completely consumed me this year, so I didn't really blog BUT I'M BACK!
By the way, my cat looks like that but he rarely gets that formal.
While on the topic of blogging . . . I had my students blog about The Great Gatsby this spring. Check them out at this link! We used blogger, and it worked well.
We've been out of school for a little over a week, and now I'm starting to plan my summer work. I recently went to the first annual Massachusetts Disciplinary Literacy Unconference, which was awesome. Follow our learning at #madluc.
I'm teaching an ESL Summer Reading Enrichment class at my school in July, which should be awesome. I'm taking an online class titled Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students and Families in Secondary Schools (perfect topic for me--I need help!). I'm also doing a week of AP Language PD (scores from the 2015 exam come out tomorrow!) and two days each of co-teaching PD and Google 1:1 PD. I'm going to be so full of new ideas in the fall (we go back August 31).
Also planning EdCamp Malden for October 17, 2015! Get your tickets here!
I'm also reading a lot this summer. Here are the highlights:
Make it Stick is about how the brain learns for the long term (so far, it looks like a lot of mini-quizzes are in order!).
Teach Like a Pirate has been on my list for a long time. Lots of EdCampers are big fans! I'll be discussing it online at #tlapsummer at the end of this month.
I'm rereading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for AP Language.
Ditto with Bird by Bird.
I'm using The Power of Habit for my senior reading selection.
For fun right now, I'm reading How to Build a Girl by one of my favorite writers, Caitlin Moran.
I'm also trying to formulate my SMARTGoals for EdEval for next year. I have so many ideas on improvements to my work, but I need to make them measurable . . .
What are you reading over vacation? Hope it's a great one! I hope to get some more entries on the blog before school starts. If you've got anything cool to share with me, do it at firstname.lastname@example.org or @abbeydick.