- revise the Grade 8 curriculum map with some more detail about each unit, slightly rearranged and prioritized objectives, and a single sequence for all 11 teachers to follow
- work on my portion of a webinar presentation about using videos asychronously, as one of the district's professional development summer offerings (August 5 & 10)
- coursework on Building Equity in Schools, which only has one book to read but a LOT of writing tasks! (that will earn 3 college credits, I think)
- coursework for a UDL class that hasn't opened yet
- 3 more weeks of classwork and Thursday AM attendance (and then a detailed lesson plan) for a Civic Dialogue workshop with other Massachusetts teachers
- collaboration with 4 school colleagues + the principal about designing anti-racism PD for our staff
- oh, and at some point also figure out how to translate all my class routines and year-openers into an online format (specifics depend on whether we begin hybrid or fully-online)
I figure that I am the most reliable / frequent reader of my own blog, so this post is a note to Future Self as confirmation that I do not waste all my time during the summer! It is true that most of my deadlines are self-imposed, and I have no student work to grade (one of my least favorite teaching tasks). But hey, I've still got Stuff To Do:
Who is this flipping guy?!
Andrew Swan has survived 20 full years of teaching middle school (currently grade 8 US Civics/Government in a Boston suburb). Previously he taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English, US History, geography, and ancient history in Massachusetts and Maine.