Summer Is a Busy Time for Teachers
Byline: Gerald Chapman
How do teachers spend their summers?
Most people believe educators spend the time between school terms relaxing, vacationing and pursuing hobbies. However, Palatine-Schaumburg Township High School District 211 teachers have many other commitments.
For our teachers, summer remains a very busy time of year. In addition to those summer activities we all enjoy, District 211 teachers spend their summers preparing for the upcoming year, educating summer school students or contributing to their own professional growth.
This summer, around 300 teachers will participate in curriculum projects. Committees of teachers representing each of the District's five schools - Palatine, William Fremd, James B. Conant, Schaumburg, and Hoffman Estates high schools - will spend many hours preparing instructional materials for use in the coming year. Based on the complexity of the curriculum tasks, teachers spend as many as 100 hours per project.
This work generally focuses on district-wide curricular improvement through the creation of new units of instruction. More than 80 projects are scheduled for completion this summer. The work includes integrating technology into instructional units and revising course outcomes and objectives.
As part of this summer's work, Districts 15, 54, and 211 have planned six articulation meetings that will address the scope and sequence of junior high school and high school curricula in five academic areas. Technology applications and planning also will be discussed by the three districts.
Teaching summer school is another way many District 211 teachers spend their summer months. …