Houston ISD teachers have to begin work soon. August 10 we all have to report to our respective campuses because of some problem with the payroll software. The district, then, does not have inservice until the next Monday. My school, Durham El., has voted each of the last few years to have professional development the rest of the week which covers 4 other days during the year. That means that we don't have take the schedules work days before the holidays. We all work during that week any way, we might as well get paid for it.
I have been reading student books this summer in preparation for my second year teaching 3rd grade. I want to pre-read the books to decided what reading comprehension strategies can best be taught with the book and what vocabulary the students will need to know. I love reading books.
Do you listen to podcasts? I have found so many podcasts on iTunes. There are ones about crafting, knitting, reading and even NPR. Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood has a wonderful podcast called "CraftSanity". She has a great interview style. She asks all of the artist/crafters she talks to define art and craft and say which definition fits their creations. You can download this podcast from iTunes or go to http://craftsanity.com/ to listen. I have learned a lot from all the people she has presented.