|My young summer camp students illustrate a song|
My students graduate at the end of May and school usually starts about August 1st, which makes it sound like two solid months off, until you realize that the first week of June is post planning and the last week of July is pre-planning. That gives us a month and a half, unless you teach the week-long summer program at the school, which I always do.
|High School Wesleyan fine arts campers on a gallery walk|
Then there's the Masters of Education program and I love to help teach the Creativity in the Classroom class every summer.
|My graduate students learn how to teach math through art|
|I hope I can keep coming back to teach these two each summer|
|My family in Pennsylvania Dutch Country last week|
That's why I strongly believe in getting out of town and away from endless to-do lists at some point during the summer. My week in Pennsylvania this summer did the trick with lots of chances to visit with my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews. I tried to balance rest (conversations, board games, naps, reading) with day trips to National parks, historic sites and museums. All of the activities either help me recharge for the school year or they will feed into my curriculum at some point.