For those of you still teaching, you are doing great, and remember distance/hybrid/socially distanced learning does not define you as a teacher.
For those of you on vacation or soon to be on summer break, I have a challenge for you. Take time for YOU!
- Maybe this means you take a month after ending the school to have a break from school stuff.
- This might mean you delegate one day per week for school-related stuff & rest the other 6 days.
- Or possibly, you time is fun online professional development. (You can find out more info about the summer virtual PD I will be presenting at by scrolling down here.)
Remember, I have two small kids and I understand that this summer will be much different than the one we had hoped for and planned. It is OK to mourn the loss of the summer that we dreamed of a couple of years ago. I know that these are minor and nothing compares to the loss of a dear human, but these feelings are valid.
So, here are 3 ways to take time for YOU this summer:
1. Binge-Watch Netflix in Spanish
These are NOT shows for students, but for YOU, for FUN. (Plus the added bonus of some authentic language PD). Finally, sit down and watch the shows you have been hearing about. Here are top 5 binge-worthy shows for Spanish teachers.
2. Read for fun
Reading has become my getaway from it all. A good book outside might be the only vacay I get this summer, so I will do it as much as I can! If you want to see reviews of recent books I have read for fun, follow along with @allisons.books. (OK I have been slacking on posting but hope to add more this summer!) Some 5 star reads with Latinx leads that I think many of you would enjoy are: Clap When you Land & Juliet Takes a Breath. (aff links)
I know some people can’t and won’t think about a fall that most likely will look different this year. Personally, having ready-to-go possible plans for any situation makes me feel light and free. If you want to just enjoy your summer, knowing what will happen will happen, and that you will be ready for it all in novice classes, I have you covered.
>> High Frequency Verbs – present Blended Bundle – Distance Learning + In Person
Learn more about options in this blog post of how to start the year in Spanish 1, with differentiated online and blended options.
It is time for a little celebration! 7 years ago (plus a week) I was brave and started a little blog I randomly called Mis Clases Locas. (There was no Instagram or Facebook page, just the Twitter that through #langchat inspired me in the first place). It was close to the end of my 2nd year teaching & I had a new 4 month old.
So, as the school year wraps up and you consider sharing, proposing to present at a conference, or just putting yourself and your ideas out there. Do it! I have learned so much from reflecting on my imperfect practices & allowing others to refine with me. We all need imperfect and real examples of teachers who are actually in the trenches doing the work.
In the spirit of reflection, I would love to know your thoughts. Do any of you still read blogs? Or do you just follow people on social media &/or read email newsletters? What kinds of posts or resources that I have created have been the most helpful? What would you be interested to read about this summer or in the future? Feel free to send me an email with longer responses if you would prefer.
For those of you who are OG readers, thank you for learning and growing with me!