Find a way to begin the year differently
Well, it is mid-June already, and like many of you I am quite excited about the prospect of a little down time. The lives we lead as educators present daily challenges which taper off a little as the summer begins, but in truth, we are never too far from the classroom.
In a recent editorial for Teaching for High Potential, I mentioned the common misconception that teachers have the “summer off”, when in reality many of us seek to further our understanding of the field we are in, the education of gifted and talented students.
I want to suggest a few resources found on the NAGC website that you may find helpful during your short, but much-needed, time away from the hustle and bustle that is education.
This year has seen the release of new books in a variety of areas relating to gifted education. Perhaps you would like to pick one up to read this summer, You will find titles in our bookstore or available through our supporters. Be sure to check out the Resource Directory as well.
There are many conferences, symposiums, webinars, and workshops available in your state or surrounding area. Be sure to visit NAGC’s calendar or your State’s Association page for details. Brush up on your skills or learn a new strategy today!
Access Teaching For High Potential, The Teacher’s Corner, and our Educators section. There is a wealth of helpful and interesting materials available to you.
Advocate for your programs. Write a letter to the editor, offer to speak at a community event, or get together with your colleagues and discuss ways to re-vamp and connect your curriculum. The NAGC Standards page and Advocacy toolkit are available to you always.
Keep an eye on the NAGC website for changes and additions throughout the summer.
Enjoy the “Summer Off”!