How to Make the Most of Summer Vacation

It’s almost here – summer vacation!

Summer vacation is the perfect time to recharge, evaluate and the past year, and prepare for the coming August. Today on, frequent contributing writer Janelle Cox, herself a seasoned educator, instructs us on how to make the most out of our summer vacations away from the classroom. Her ideas include:
  • Try Something New and Exciting
  • Keep Inspired
  • Spend Time with Your Family
  • And More!

Janelle summates her article thusly: “Truthfully, as much as we try and relax and recharge during the summer months, most teachers still are involved in education-related tasks all summer long. If it’s not teaching summer school, tutoring, adding to their class library, or learning new technology, then it’s going on teaching blogs or thinking of new ways to set up their classroom for the next year. When you’re a teacher, thinking like a teacher never goes away. Just because June has come and summer has arrived doesn’t mean that you can turn your teaching brain off. Make sure that you do at least a few of the tips mentioned above, because it’s quite imperative to take some time for yourself so you don’t get teacher burnout.”

How do you make the most of your summer vacation? Do you have any tips that help you maximize your summer so you can recharge and refocus for the next school year?

Learning how to motivate students is of paramount importance for educators today. A bored and listless class is a reflection of a dull teaching style, and a bored and listless class is one that doesn’t learn.

Today, Janelle Cox, a frequent contributing writer, takes a look at the things that motivate children, including technology, friends and peers, and interesting topics.

She outlines several ways to motivate junior high-aged children, including:

    Giving students a choice
    Showcasing student work
    Rewarding Respect
    And More

Above all, Janelle intones that showing a genuine interest in your students and their lives can go a long way toward creating an atmosphere of motivation.

How do you motivate your middle school students? Do you have any ideas that you would like to share?