Are You A Hungry Chicken?

You read that correctly. Hungry chicken. Obviously you aren’t literally a chicken, hungry or otherwise, so I have a professional development metaphor for you based on a summer full of conferences, vacations, ballgames, unplugged vs plugged in (is that the opposite of unplugged?) debate, family time, rest, growth, more, less, etc. You get the picture.  Everyone does it differently, and there’s always more than one way to do things. One size does not fit all, certainly, and there is no judgement here.

Grow Beyond The C Zone: The Challenge

A debate recently cropped up on Twitter (shocking) about whether or not “good” teachers spend time thinking about the next school year while on summer break. The debate really centered around the concept of a “good” teacher. One side mentioned that a good teacher might spend some time thinking about next fall. Others declared that good teachers need the time off to rejuvenate and regenerate their passion for education by resting, relaxing, traveling, and spending time with family. I’m not actually going to try to settle this debate, but I am going to challenge both groups.  My last post, The Danger of Getting Comfy in Our EDU Skins, I explored ways to grow yourself and get out of that place where we are, well, comfortable.