My Summer To-Do List

The school year here in Vermont is winding down, inventory is almost done, and I’m looking ahead to summer and what school-related things I want to do.  Here is my list at the moment, in no particular order:

1. Get comfortable with my new ipad and explore some great apps for next year.

2. Beef up my Twitter activity.  Use Hootsuite more effectively to keep things organized.

3. Finally do something with my pinterest account.

4. Learn about Instagram.

5. Go back through all the starred items in my gmail and Google Reader.  I starred them for some reason, right?

6. Get cozy with the Common Core standards.  Figure out how to use them to boost collaboration with teachers.

7. Clean out my computer files.  Upload lots to dropbox.

8. Re-read Charlotte’s Web in preparation for the 60th anniversary of its publication this fall.  Brainstorm schoolwide activities around this classic.

9. Get back to the Newbery Challenge.  I’ve been neglecting this lately.

10.Catch up with SLJ.  (For the first time ever I have FOUR unread issues!)

What’s on your list?

12 Things on My Summer List

School’s out,  and for me that means tackling each room in my house, one at a time, for a thorough annual cleaning, weeding around my outside plantings, serving tea and scones to some of my treasured lady friends, sipping wine on the patio with my husband, and reading lots of books I’ve been meaning to get to.

But it also means getting caught up on some school-related items that have been niggling away at me, AND getting pumped up with new ideas for next year and a fresh look at the way I do things. (All that AFTER a week long trip to San Francisco to see my two oldest kids!  Can’t wait!)  So here are a few things from that list:   (Maybe blogging about them will keep me accountable?)

  • Update and organize my IPDP*: my certification is up in June 2012
  • Go back to all my starred items in Google Reader and act on them!
  • Clean up my livebinders;  many need more subtabs and fewer tabs
  • Add tags and categories to posts I forgot to do that for
  • Meet with a few colleagues in my area to plan some collaborative projects
  • Memorize some stories to tell at the flannelboard
  • Look more closely at a few intriguing web 2.0 tools
  • Plan a sequence of lessons to teach one of my teachers and her students how to blog
  • Plan tasks for mentoring a teacher-turning-librarian at my school
  • Re-read some chapter books and prepare booktalks for next year
  • Re-think kindergarten “library time;” (Changes are afoot!)
  • Keep blogging!

.  I’d love to hear what you’re doing this summer to rejuvenate and reinvigorate.  Please tell me what you’re up to by leaving a  comment!

*Individual Professional Development Plan  (fondly known as ” ippy-dippy” in these parts!)