Summer has arrived! I’m excited for the change in routine and the chance to work with my students one-on-one specifically on their language and hearing needs without concern for curriculum content. Yes, that’s right; it’s summer, and I will still be working with my students.
Contrary to popular belief, teachers are still working even when the schools are out of session. Even if you don’t have a formal extended school year program, like I do, I’m sure your classroom is somehow on your mind. There’s lesson plans to be improved, curriculum to be updated, professional development to attend… If our summer break includes a vacation it is probably no longer than what would be given in any other profession.
Every summer I always have a ton of projects and intentions for all of the “extra time” I will have on my hands. Some years, I am better at checking off all to do’s than others. One of my transliterators suggested I make a summer bucket list to help keep myself on track this year, and I’m excited to share that with you here.
Teacher-y Bucket List
- 40 hours itinerant Extended School Year
- Summer Academy PD workshops (We’re moving to the Stetson inclusion model; has anyone tried that?)
- teach parent and student ASL classes
- plan daily math centers with independent, hands-on activities (any suggestions would be most appreciated)
- select class novel and write reading guide and lesson plans
- get TESOL certification (45% of my students this year were ELLs.)
- improve Cued Speech fluency
- develop way to integrate Cued Speech reading instruction (Any ideas? My students are not fluent cue readers, but it is their primary (if not only) communication modality; we need some serious improvements!)
- make conversation sentence stem cards to help with language samples and class discussions
Non-Teacher-y Bucket List
- Italy trip
- Colorado wedding road trip
- visit college friends (Atlanta, Virginia, Nashville)
- sew travel kit accessories (I found these ideas here, here, and decided to make my own version of this item here.)
- sew placemats (Can you tell I like to sew?)
- knit sheep baby blanket (idea found here)
- finish mug storage (another fun Pinterest project idea)
Reading Bucket List
- I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey Through the Science of Sound and Language by Lydia Denworth
- Talking Hands by Margalit Fox
- When the Brain Can’t Hear: Unraveling the Mystery of Auditory Processing Disorder by Dr. Teri James Bellis, Ph.D.
- Building Academic Language: Essential Practices for Content Classrooms by Jeff Zwiers
- The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor (not teaching or Deaf related, but you gotta have some fun reading, right?)
I don’t know that I will get everything done before the end of summer, but I am hoping to finish a good bit and maybe do a few things more for my classroom and lesson planning as inspiration hits. Do you make a summer bucket list? What do you put on your list?