With so much penciled in your teaching schedule, you might have struggled to squeeze in professional development (PD) while school was in session. But professional learning for teachers doesn’t need to be limited to the school year. It can take place anytime and anywhere! And the sunny, stress-free summer months are a perfect time to dive into new professional development opportunities.
Hone your teaching skills for the upcoming school year with six simple, summer professional development ideas below. You may even find PD that you can do poolside!
Teacher Professional Development Over the Summer
Complete Online Certifications - Take advantage of online classes and get a certification during the summer. Many organizations offer free certifications that you can complete at your own pace. So while you're sitting back soaking in the sun, you can take a class at your convenience.
Get Involved in Your Community - Deliberately spending time with the community you serve can help you understand the children and the families you serve, allowing for deeper trust and relationship building. With your new-found free time, try getting involved at your local service clubs, sporting groups, and more.
Self Reflect and Journal - Jot down in a journal your previous teaching wins and your future plans for improvement. Looking within and reflecting can help you achieve professional growth. Remember Your Why: A Gratitude Journal for Teachers, from ExploreLearning’s Jodi Barber-Harris (a former educator), is a great resource to help you start your journaling journey.
Become Part of a Book Club - Join or start a summer book club with fellow educators. A book club is a great way to stay connected with your team over the summer and grow your professional network.
Explore New Teaching Tools - Try out different digital tools before students step into the classroom. Many edtech programs offer free trials that you can quickly sign up for. Check out our many math and science solutions that you can try free for 30 days.
Gizmos (grades 3-12) offers a library of over 450 math and science simulations to help educators bring powerful new STEM learning experiences to the classroom.
Reflex (grades 2-6) is the most effective system for mastering basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division for grades 2+.
Frax (grades 3-5) uses the latest research-based instructional methods to create a better way to learn fractions.
Science4Us (grades K-2) gives your students a headstart in STEM through 1000’s of online and offline activities that can be completed in as little as ten minutes.
Join a Virtual Learning Community - Connect with teachers across the country at the click of a button. On Facebook, you can find groups that focus on different topics and learn from teachers like you. For example, our Gizmos Adventurer Basecamp covers grades 3-12 science and math topics for Gizmos users. While our Reflex & Frax: Teachers' Clubhouse touches on math fact fluency and fractions.