One of the good things about summer is the opportunity to slow down long enough to think about and read and plan for improving instruction for the upcoming year. I've been enjoying the Get Your Math On book study on Building Mathematical Comprehension some of our fellow bloggers are conducting. It provides a great opportunity for personal thought and dialog. Be sure to check it out.
I ran across an interesting article just this evening listing 25 ways successful teachers do things differently. Tomorrow I plan to go back and respond to each point on paper, delineating specifically how I measure up or fall short. Then I can begin my list of goals for the coming school year (year #43 BTW). The titles in the sidebar look interesting too, but I'll have to get to them another day.
When I find a thought-provoking article or post, I've learned journaling about it helps me process and personalize the information. We're lucky to live in an age in which information about teaching and learning is so readily available. Just reading through it and going on to the next interesting "find" becomes like leaves blowing in the wind. If it's truly valuable information, it must be valuable to me. Journaling about it provides me time to truly ponder its importance and relevance to me.
What are you reading and thinking about this summer or plan to if you're still finishing up the school year? What is your strategy to make it memorable and meaningful to you? I'd love to read your comments.