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Your Music Playlist for Fun in the Summertime

Hot fun in the summertime! This is what we hope you are striving for as you relax, restore and refresh over the summer months! To add to your “hot fun,” we’ve put together a list of 10 summer songs to get you movin’ and groovin’! Teachers and students are music lovers too, so, enjoy the melodies and even see some of the artists in action as you listen and watch ourSongs of Summer screencast! 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Summer Vacation, Happiness

Rev Up Classroom Learning with a Summer Road Trip

There’s nothing quite like a road trip. The highway stretched out before you, the wind in your hair, music (or a great audiobook) blasting on the car stereo, adventures awaiting around every twist and turn. In addition to being a lot of fun, road trips can also be an incredible learning experience. From visiting historic and cultural sites, to museums, to exploring the varied natural landscape of the country, opportunities abound to bring learning back to your classroom this fall. Below, we’ve collected 10 destination ideas with websites that provide robust supporting activities that translate easily into authentic lessons. There’s something for travelers who teach in every content area.

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Topics: Courses, Summer Vacation, Happiness

Dive into Summer Learning with Our Upskilling Ideas

Ahh, summer! It’s perfect for the pool, barbecues, and upskilling! What’s upskilling, you may ask? It’s building knowledge and skills to take your practice to the next level. During the school year, teachers are often too busy to try that cool new tech tool, learn about the latest research in a content area, or revamp planning, assessment, or classroom management processes. You likely have a few skills in mind that you’ve been meaning to develop. Why not squeeze in some learning over the summer so you can start the school year energized and ready to dive in?! 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Summer Vacation

A Teacher's Guide to Summertime Side Hustles

Originally published on August 17, 2021 and updated on June 14, 2022.

Today we’re addressing what is affectionally called the side hustle: ways educators can earn additional income beyond their teaching duties.   

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Topics: Summer Vacation, teacher resources

And Now…the End (of the School Year) is Here!

The students have said their goodbyes, you’ve cleaned out or organized your classroom materials, and readied your space for summer cleaning. You’ve made it through this school year, and although the song, “My Way” has the connotations of finality, you know the next year will be here before you know it. You might be jumping into more professional development and learning opportunities for the summer, or perhaps, you are moving into a different career. But right now, in this specific time and space, you deserve an opportunity to stop for a few minutes, rest, and reflect on the challenges and accomplishments of this year. 

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Topics: Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, mindfulness, Summer Vacation

12 (Mostly) Free, Fun, Fanciful Things to Do this Summer

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Topics: Summer Vacation, Happiness

Time Filler Activities for the End-of-the-Year

As the school year winds to a close, students and teachers look forward to the end-of-year assemblies, field trips, field days, and class parties. We begin to relax as core learning wraps up and classrooms are cleaned, organized, and prepared for a dormant summer. But what do you do if the summer break countdown hasn’t hit zero yet? It can be a challenge to fill the widening gaps in class time that remain during those last days of school. To avoid the stress of planning and ensure you enjoy those last moments, we’ve gathered some of our favorite end-of-the-year activities (complete with video examples and templates), so you can focus your energy where it’s needed most—on community and closure!

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Topics: Instructional Strategies, Summer Vacation, Digital Resources, teacher resources

Summer Reading for Teachers in 2021

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Topics: Teaching Advice, Teaching Wellness & Inspiration, Literacy, educator wellness, Summer Vacation, Books, teacher resources

So Many Choices, So Little Time!

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Topics: Learners Edge News, Early Childhood, Courses, Summer Vacation

Bite-Sized Summer PD

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Topics: Teaching Advice, educator wellness, Summer Vacation, Self-Care, Digital Resources, teacher resources

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