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Splish-Splash It's Summertime Blog Hop

I am linking up with The Classroom Game Nook for a ginormous and fun blog hop packed with exclusive freebies, giveaways, and more! 
In my current role, I lead a summer teaching program with Teach For America. This means that unlike most teachers, the height of my responsibilities occurs during the summer via summer school. This is my 10th (and final) summer working at summer institute, but things I love about this work include:
  • Student Impact - We serve a major school district and work with approximately 2,000 students! It's what has kept me coming back! 
  • New Teacher Development - Watching teachers develop as instructional leaders who get stronger daily never gets old.
  • The different teams I get to work with - We hire approximately 100 part time staff members to work with 500 new teachers. My team is a team of five that plans the entire thing.
  • Long Days - This program goes 100 mph for 5 weeks. 6am-6pm 6 days/week. #doneandone
  • Transportation - Our teachers ride on school buses (yes school buses) to school and from school. Watching the process is CRA-ZY! If you want to see pictures, follow me on Instagram! I'll be giving followers a window into my summer world. 
Below is a very, very, very small sample of the work we do. 

In the spirit of this blog hop, I am making my yearly newsletters free! Get a jump start on preparing for next school year right here! After the hop ends, this will return to being a paid product so download it while you can! I'd love to hear your feedback on this resource!  
The best part of having a blog is sharing my personal opinion AND resources with other educators! I shared this freebie in previous post, but I want to call it to the attention of readers that it's still available! #endoftheyearawards #doubleFREEBIE #enjoy

Last, but not least is the opportunity to win an item from my store and $20 Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate! I hope teachers who are out of school have a great summer, and those still in school take away something that will help with the "sprint to the end." Please stay tuned to my blog in the coming weeks for an important announcement. Happy Summer! 

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Sailing Into Summer Blog Hop

I am linking up with some of my favorite secondary bloggers for a summer themed blog hop. It seems like this year has, flown by and now we are Sailing into Summer.

1. For Next year - This year I have been engulfed in the book Courageous Conversations About Race. Part of of my passion as an educator is equity in education. While some of the strategies and topics in the book are better than others. Something I have been thinking about is how to to keep my students and their family members "at the table" when it comes to "owning" their educational experience. I want to make sure that I am thinking about how where my students enter my classroom and how I can have a student centered classroom based on their needs. This is so much easier said than done, but I will remind  my to take #smallsteps, and get better daily.

2. To Change - Well, I've spent the last three years working full time with Teach For America. It's been an amazing journey that is changing...stay tuned :-)

3. Student Gifts - This is a category that is based on how the spirit leads me.  I like giving gifts to students that connect to our year and something I am interested in. Pop Rocks have A.L.W.A.Y.S been my favorite candy, I re-conceptualizing my approach to reading, and right now I am focused on drinking as much water as possible. Random, I know.A few ideas are captured below.

Stay tuned to my blog for an exciting announcement!  Until then, enjoy the FREEBIE below from my "End of the Year: A to Z Unit." Click {here} for this exclusive freebie, and sail into a relaxing summer!