By Teachers, For Teachers
For some of you, summer has officially started. This means you’re ready to kick up your heels and relax.
As great as that sounds, eventually you may feel the need to get up and get motivated for the next school year. If you’re looking to brush up on your teaching skills, further your professional goals, or just learn something new, there are some incredible opportunities that allow you do so without even leaving your house! Here are a few professional development resources to consider this summer, which will help make you a more effective teacher next fall.
Free Online Courses
Who says you can’t sit by the pool and relax this summer while bolstering your skills? Online classes are a great choice for those of you that want to learn at your own pace and time, and not to mention that they are free! You can learn from the best experts in your field, for free, from home. Here are a few links to help you find the course that’s right for you.
Free Online Conferences
Instead of sitting in a conference room for hours, you can attend a conference, webinar, or Twitter chat for a quick hour. Here are a few links to help you choose. Some sites even keep their videos and notes up all day so if you can’t make the conference, chat, or webinar then you can watch it at a later time.
There are so many educational programs on the web that we narrowed them down to a few of the best. Here are a few to ponder:
While it’s important to rest and relax this summer, it’s equally important to maximize your time and incorporate some professional development into your summer break. While you refuel with some fun, also find some time to train your brain. If none of the professional resources above interest you, then try reading an educational book, learn how to upgrade your organizational skills, or reorganize your classroom materials. Whatever you choose, make it count.
What are your professional goals this summer? Share with us in the comment section below, we would love to hear your thoughts!
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for About.com, as well as a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.