Summer Possiblities

We have officially finished the 2009-2010 school year in New York this past week. For me summer brings many possibilities including time to sharpen the saw and rejuvenate, as well as time to reflect on the past and set new goals for the next school year.

That is the beauty of teaching, every year we have the ability to set goals and plan our own professional growth for the summer so that we can ‘attack’ the new year with renewed energy and refined knowledge.  The art of reflecting and setting goals for personal growth is key to being a good teacher. When we stop growing, we become stagnant- and stagnation is the killer of innovation.  When we as educators push ourselves to be learners, we are more equipped to provide an environment for learning.

Not sure what you should do or where to look for resources on setting up your summer goals for learning? Check these out:

What will you Learn this Summer? This is a great post by Shelly Terrell that has 35 professional development resources.

irisEd Online– online professional development resources

Teaching Training Videos– great resource for videos to learn many web tools and more

Jane’s Pick of the day- 25 places to find instructional videos (especially if one of your goals is to find more resources for specific units you teach)

100 Free Online Lectures that will make you a Better Teacher

Other Video Tutorial sites:

Lookah.tv Great tutorials for learning new software programs and tools this summer!

Woopid Video Tutorials – another resource for technology video tutorials

Other video search engines:

Blinkx

For those out there who are also starting your summer vacation- enjoy it! Relax, refresh, re-energize, recharge, and revisit some things you’ve ‘been meaning to get to’.

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