Inspired by @gwaddellnvhs, I’m committing my summer to-do list to “paper” with the hopes that by writing it down I might actually get part of it accomplished. I always bite off more than I can chew but hopefully this will keep me on track.
Item #1: Finish that pesky dissertation. THIS WILL GET DONE. Period. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Item #2: Reading list:
- Embedded Formative Assessment by Dylan William (In progress. Thanks @druinok and @ pamjwilson for the twitter book chat).
- 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions by Margaret S Smith
- Teach like a Champion (author to be posted later–it’s at school and I’m not)
- The new Dan Brown book (comes out tomorrow)
Item #3: Summer travel
- Myrtle Beach with my awesome kiddo
- 2 days of robotic PD (I think I get to build robots)
- AP stats training at University of Louisville
- Trip through Washington and Western Canada (for dissertation writing–uh huh).
- Laying the Foundations training (pre-AP curriculum)
- TMC13 (short for TwitterMathCamp) in Philadelphia with one of my closest friends.
Item #4: Improve/create effective Learning Targets for whatever classes end up in my schedule.
Item #5: Develop/create 2-3 formative assessment “events” for each learning target designed in Item #4. As I am learning in EFA (refer to reading list) formative assessment must be intention and with an outcome in mind. When done on the fly it loses much of its effectiveness.
Item #6: make all that stuff I’ve posted on Pinterest–some for home and some for my classroom.
Item #7: put together my niece and nephew’s wedding quilt top. If I don’t get it done by Labor Day it will be their 1st anniversary present. If you two are reading this, it’s really item #2, preceded only by that silly dissertation.
I think that’s about it. No wonder summer seems so short.