By Bill & Bobbie Donelson
OK, we said that we would only be there for you in May, but we just have to send out one last post in June to wish you well as you slip-slide into summer! We know that well-deserved vacations await you after a dedicated year of teaching. That’s why we live in sunny Florida year-round! We try to reinforce our own professional behavior with regular boating, dolphin watching, and manatee loving on the Indian River Lagoon. Our two wonderful wiener dogs, Max and Sweet Pea, also keep us sane.
Dr. Stephen Covey refers to this as “sharpening the saw.” We all need to take time for ourselves in order to relax, replenish our life energy, and tool up for new challenges. After a hectic time at work there is also nothing like a zany book of adventure from our favorite Florida author, Carl Hiaassen. Many a vacation has started by decompressing with one of his unique novels. Students love his new books, Hoot, Scat, and Flush as well!
No matter how exhausted we become during the school year, we always seem to recharge our batteries, get our second wind, and begin to think about the school year ahead. We know the current school year is just ending and that you may not have spent your first day on the beach yet. But if you are reading this blog, you are probably one of those dedicated teachers who will soon be thinking of ways to hone your skills and better serve your students in the fall.
A great way to gear up for the new challenges in 2009-10 is to surf the Internet for new tools and free resources. A simple Web search can unearth a treasure trove of new information and links to free training. So bringing your laptop along on vacation can be a good thing. Here are a few of our favorite links (in addition to CEC's Web site, of course!):
- National Assn. of State Directors of Special Education (http://www.nasdse.org/)
- National Research Center on Learning Disabilities (http://www.nrcld.org/)
- National Center on Response to Intervention (http://www.rti4success.org/)
- Assn. for Positive Behavrio Support (http://www.apbs.org/)
- National Center on Student Progress Monitoring (http://www.studentprogress.org/)
Thank you for the opportunity to share and take care this summer!
Bill & Bobbie