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Summer Spotlight: Summer School Teaching Experience

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

As part of the Summer Workation Celebrating Summer Contest, we will be featuring a number of Summer Spotlights. These Summer Spotlights will showcase some of the exciting things teachers have done and can do during the summer months. We hope that these posts can help teachers learn about some of the summer jobs and opportunities available to them. The second Summer Spotlight features a summer school experience.

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February 20, 2010

The summer after my first year teaching, I took on dual responsibilities. Not only was I teaching but I was also 9th Grade Level Chair. This means that along with teaching a 9th grade course on character development, I played a role similar to that of a dean; I led weekly meetings, managed the other 9th grade teachers, and took care of any behavioral issues that arose. Classes took place the last two weeks of July and went from 8AM to 3PM. Teaching duties occurred five hours of the day, while grade level chair duties varied anywhere from two to four hours a day – it was near impossible to plan everything that occurred, especially with 110 9th graders. My physical stamina was tested, as was my mental stability but it was all worth it. This summer was groundbreaking for me. It was an amazing way to get to know the students that I would be teaching in the fall before the school year began, and it was also an amazing opportunity to obtain leadership experience. Managing students is one thing, but managing adults is definitely a growing experience.

My summer experience helped me to grow as an educator as well as a mentor and leader. The relationships I formed with my students during summer school carried over into the school year. I usually teach ninth grade biology, so I enjoyed teaching a character development course over the summer that allowed me to get to know my students on a more personal level. This helped me in my Biology classroom as I was able to motivate my students by appealing to what I had learned of their hopes and dreams during this character development class. Establishing a positive culture where my students celebrate each other’s successes and feel comfortable to be themselves during the summer also made it easier for me to jump right into academics at the start of the regular school year. Serving as the grade level leader over the summer was a perfect way to obtain experience for my Grade Level Chair duties during the regular school year. It served as a smooth transition allowing me to not only become comfortable with the duties that come with the job, but it also allowed me to practice balancing my different positions before the year started in full swing.

Reem Semaan

9th Grade Biology Teacher/9th Grade Level Chair

YES Prep Southwest

Summer Spotlight - Summer School Teaching Experiences

  • What do you think about this Summer Spotlight?
  • Do you teach summer school or seek out alternative teaching positions during the summer?
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Summer Spotlight: Toyota International Teacher Program

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

As part of the Summer Workation Celebrating Summer Contest, we will be featuring a number of Summer Spotlight. These Summer Spotlights will showcase some of the exciting things teachers have done and can do during the summer months. We hope that these posts can help teachers learn about some of the summer jobs and opportunities available to them, The first Summer Spotlight features an international opportunity for teachers.

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When was the last time you were able to travel abroad and experience foreign cultures with like-minded educators who share your insatiable thirst for knowledge and sincere passion for teaching? When was the last time you embarked on a personal journey to promote global awareness and understanding? Perhaps you would like to take part in such enriching experiences more often but just don’t know where to look? If so, the Toyota International Teacher Program might be just what you’ve been looking for.

Established in 1998 and administered by the Institute of International Education, each year the Toyota International Teacher Program sends U.S. educators to various international destinations like Japan, the Galapagos Islands and Costa Rica for intensive, high-quality, two-week study tours. Through these unique professional development trips, teachers explore important cultural, social and environmental themes in a global context and focus their energies and skills on the creation of interdisciplinary, hands-on, and solution-focused approaches to the pressing issues they will experience firsthand.

At the core of the Toyota International Teacher Program is a desire to promote global connectedness, and instill in teachers a sense of responsibility to actively contribute solutions to environmental problems and empower their students to do the same. The Toyota International Teacher Program is open to all U.S. educators and teacher-librarians who teach in U.S. schools in any of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. If you are interested in participating but still wondering how you would finance your trip, wonder no more. If selected to participate in this program, your international study tour is fully funded through a generous grant provided by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. All you need to do is apply and prepare yourself for a truly unique professional development experience.

Are you ready to embark on your two-week study tour? The 2010 Toyota International Teacher Program to the Galapagos Islands is set to take place November 20th – December 4th, 2010 and applications are being accepted online (the deadline to apply is May 19th, 2010)! Program participants can expect to gain valuable insight into the human impact on this fragile ecosystem that has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. During the two week trip, participants will have the opportunity to attend panel discussions and lectures, and interact with biologists, conservationists as well as local citizens and teachers. In the past teachers have also had the opportunity to travel back with their students during the summer.

For more information, and to apply to the Toyota International Teacher Program, check out the Summer Workation listing by visiting http://www.summerworkation.org/teacher/job_details.php?post_id=495.

This video will tell you more about one teacher who was selected for the Toyota International Teacher Program.

  • What do you think about this Summer Spotlight?
  • Would you like to apply to the Toyota International Teacher Program? Why or why not?
  • Have you participated in a similar study abroad/international professional development experience before?
  • What would your ideal summer growth opportunity be (e.g., volunteer work, study/travel abroad, internship/externship, fellowship)?

Leave a comment between Feb 17-27, 2010 to enter the Celebrating Summer Contest!