You expect your students to stay on top of their studies over the summer, but how do you stay sharp while enjoying the time off? Take a look at three professional development activities you can do from the comfort of your favorite lawn chair—no dress code required.

  1. Watch a rerun. If last school year left you stumped on issues concerning English learners, RTI, dual-language programs, or school funding, you might have missed Imagine Learning’s Ahead of the Class webinar series. Check out the archived episodes to find innovative ideas you can use this fall. Each webinar is packed with answers to your most common questions, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy.
  2. Plug in your iPod. If you prefer to keep your eyes closed during your professional development, consider tuning in to one of dozens of teacher PD podcasts. Let the ed tech gurus at The Teacher’s Podcast introduce you to a myriad of ways to use technology in your classroom or tune in to the Voice of Literacy, featuring interviews with literacy researchers and the implications of their research.
  3. Strengthen your core. In a recent survey, more than one-quarter of 10,000 teachers polled said they feel unprepared to teach the new standards and less than one-quarter feel well prepared. Don’t let the new curriculum keep you up at night. Prepare for the school year with Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement by Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, and Christopher Lehman. You’ll learn what the standards say—and don’t say—and how to teach them successfully in your classroom.