I always set a goal for myself to begin working on improving some part of my professional knowledge with the goal of either writing a new article or a curriculum piece by the end of the summer. My usual elaborate plan typically involves reviewing the key literature and updating my research base in June, then reading new works and ideas in July, and finishing writing in August.
Even when I was in the secondary classroom, my summer would be focused on rereading books I had encountered to glean additional information and picking out two or three new sources of information (invariably, it would be on the American Civil War. However, I want my experience to be invigorating and stimulating, not dull and monotonous. Dare I say, I even wanted it to be entertaining. Continue reading Summertime Professional Development . . . sort of!