Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Mentor Me

Magazine article AMLE Magazine

Mentor Me

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QUESTION

"The summer is the perfect time to reenergize and make plans for next year. How about some tips for making it a productive (yet relaxing) summer!"

Oh, the joys of summer... just the thought of June, July, and part of August is music to the ears of teachers around the country.

Reenergizing our batteries during the summer months can lengthen the lifespan of any teacher. But teachers well know that for most educators, the summer months provide an opportunity to catch up on things that relate to the glorious job of teaching. Whether it's writing new curriculum, attending a conference, or reorganizing particular lessons and units, our minds are not far from the classroom door and our next group of students.

So, how do we enjoy a relaxing summer and also take care of the needed details to continue our professional growth as educators?

1. We take care of our personal selves.

Find time for family and friends and simply enjoy the pleasantries and leisure of the warm, beautiful summer-and don't feel guilty about it! We know that the healthier and more relaxed we are as the new school year begins, the better teachers we will be.

2. We challenge ourselves to continue our own personal learning.

This can be as simple as reading publications related to education in general or in your specific area. Two of my favorite reads are How Children Succeed, by Paul Tough, to better understand students living in poverty, and Deliberate Optimism: Reclaiming the Joy in Education, by Jack Berckemeyer, Debbie Silver, and Judith Baenen, to reclaim our joy in teaching. …

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