If you ask 10 educators why they got into the field, undoubtedly there will be someone (at least one) who says "summers off." For most of us though, the summer is a mixture of convalescence, professional development, and preparation for the next school year.
Right now, as I write in the middle of the summer break, I can't believe how much time has past, how much I have accomplished, and how much I haven't. I have spent my mornings teaching children to love science at Park Shore's Extreme STEAM program and my afternoons resting. I have participated in several online Twitter Chats and read a lot of blogs, but I know I have not accomplished a quarter of what I had wanted.
This being my first blog entry of the summer, let it serve as a resolution. Hopefully not just for me, but for any educator reading. It is important to rest, but it is just as important to remember that we have the greatest and important career in the world; we shape minds. We must remember how important it is to put the effort in to make our work great.