I have a lot that I will be doing this summer. When I think about everything that I am doing individually, they are all great things for me and my students, but when I think about everything together, it seems crazy to think that I will get everything done and keep my sanity. This post is mostly for me to write down everything that I am doing so that I can reassure myself that I can do it and keep my sanity.
1. UT Prep
Last school year, before summer, I was asked to work at an academic summer camp. I would get paid really well, and I'd be helping students fight the summer slide. I taught middle schoolers Algebraic Structures and it was so much fun. I was only able to work half of the camp because my school started back in the middle, but since I changed schools, I decided to work the entire camp. Most of these students are from Title I schools and are on a scholarship to be at camp. I think it is so cool that some of the things that I am teaching these students they won't see unless they choose to take specific courses in college. This camp is Monday-Thursday 8 AM-4 PM.
2. Online Blended Learning Academy
I was emailed with an opportunity to take UTeach's online Blended Learning Academy. The TEA is trying to get more teachers to take professional development about blended learning, and UTeach developed an online course. It's 4 courses and full of so much wonderful information about how to implement blended learning effectively in the classroom. I've only finished the first course so far, but I'm so excited to finish the rest. The instructor is also Kelli Allen, who is a wonderful woman who does so much for UTeach, so I am also excited to continue to learn from her.
3. Writing an article for the Mathematics Teacher about my Maker Lesson
Shelly, the director of UTeach Maker, asked me if I'd consider writing an article about my lesson. The Mathematics Teacher currently has a call for articles about motivation behind why math teachers do what they do. I hate writing, but I understand the importance behind it. My best friend is also writing an article for Science Scope, so we're doing it together, which makes it easier.
4. Presenting my Maker Lesson at the UTeach Alumni Conference
Next Friday, I will be presenting my Maker Lesson at the UTeach Alumni Conference. I have my presentation started, but not finished. I don't mind presenting in front of people, its what I do for a living. It's just that sometimes, when I have so much to do, I even procrastinate doing the easier things on my to do list. Kinda like what I'm currently doing with this blog post.
5. UTeach Maker Summer Challenge
UTeach Maker has a summer challenge for its Makers.
6. Maker Projects
I don't like that my pants have such small pockets and that most of my dresses don't even have pockets. I want to learn to make dresses with pockets. Then, I'd be unstoppable. Seriously though, I'd be able to wear dresses all the time and not have to take a purse or tell my wonderful husband to make sure his pants have enough pockets to carry my things.
I also have a lot of crochet projects to start/finish. A baby blanket for one of my husband's co-workers and monster slippers and a Dr. Who hat for a friend.
A round kitchen table.
7. My husband and I are buying a house!
We're buying our first house. The closing date is scheduled for mid-summer. So we will be moving along with everything else!
Our current kitchen table is perfect for a small space, It folds up to create space, and unfolds for company, but I like the way circle tables fill up the space, but they can be pricey. So I have decided that we are going to make one. We will probably buy chairs, because that seems like more work and skill than I currently want to do.
8. Actually Blog
I have a few drafts that need to be finished, so I should do that. I want to write and reflect more, but as I previously mentioned, I don't like writing. A few of these posts are about moving to a public school, goals for next year, and a few are lessons that I wanted to reflect on.
9. Plan for next Year
I also want to plan for next year. I will not have many work days before students get back, so I want to try to have the first month/unit planned.
I have 6.5 weeks to finish all of this. It is definitely possible, but I should probably get back to work and stop procrastinating with this post.