What did you learn this summer?

download (1)How committed are you to your learning and the learning of others?  As educators, we may experience a slightly slower pace at times.  How did you use this time to learn something new, explore something you already learned, or share your learning with others?

Summer is a great time to recharge for the new school year.  September will be here before we know it! While recharging, join some colleagues and learn something new!  It’s not too late!  Here are 5 ideas to get you started!  Can you share any others?

1.  Grab some colleagues and read a new book… Choose something which transcends age levels and content to increase interest.  I recently read Core Six by Harvey Silver, R. Thomas Dewing, and Matthew J. Perini.  I really enjoyed discussing the content with teachers.  We brainstormed how they could “amp up” existing lessons and activities to promote these six core skills.  Learn more about the book!

2. Attend Discovery’s Summer School http://blog.discoveryeducation.com/blog/2014/07/02/den-summer-school-august-2014/.  There are a lot of great resources!

3. Develop a PLN!  It is amazing how many learners we can connect to virtually.  This is something I am currently doing as well.  I am currently following 118 people, and about 100 people are following me.  I am setting a goal for myself to tweet at least 10 times per month and find several new people to follow each week.

4. Participate in a Twitter Chat! View the official schedule developed by @thomascmurray @cevans5095 at http://cybraryman.com/chats.html.  I have to admit, I have only tried this twice.  Many of my colleagues are using the Twitter Chats for quick conversations and ideas.

5. Check out the live and archived Apple Seminars!

What are some other ways you are learning this summer?

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