This summer, I have learned more than any staff development week could ever offer me. A few things that I have done have really given me new insight into teaching and leadership.
1. I beefed up my Twitter considerably. I sought out people with hashtags like #edtech and #engchat and followed them. I made use of my favorites tool to flag posts with great ideas.
2. I did a few webinars online. I did these through ASCD and other sites that I found on, you guessed it, Twitter.
3. I found the site called livebinders http://www.livebinders.com/ that I intend to use for my classes next year. It is a virtual three-ring binder.
4. I joined groups on edmodo. One group in particular, the English Flipped Class group, has amazing people who are excited about the flipped classroom concept. And for English teachers, it means a little bit more than just "I assign reading at home."
5. I will be part of a cohort of 25 going to the Folger Shakespeare Library for the Teaching Shakespeare Institute. This is a part of several NEH workshops that take applications every year.
6. I made connections on Twitter and Edmodo to work on various projects that involve what I love (teaching, British Lit, etc). These things not only satiate my appetite for my special loves in teaching, but they also are a great way to network and get your name out there.
7. I read some great books. Todd Whitaker has great books on leadership and teaching. He has made me look at leadership in a different way.
Thanks for reading,