Summer should carry a warning label–Caution! That sense that you have lots of time to get everything done isn’t true! Every year, I start summer with a massive ToDo list, and by August, my good intentions have folded in on themselves like a black hole. This summer, I’m going to be more practical.
In my life, I wear two hats–tech teacher and writer. With a lot of coffee, even more aspirin, and a boatload of good luck, I manage to do both. Here are my top four summer goals:
I love teaching online. I have no idea how long it takes to prepare and manage because everything is done from anywhere I am. I can grade papers from a picnic, have a virtual meeting in a park, and prepare lesson plans on a long drive (as passenger, of course). I love this way of teaching.
I’m working on two novels. Here’s where I’d like to be by the end of summer:
Born in a Treacherous Time
This is my early man novel, scheduled to publish next Spring. I’m in the editing phase, working with Autocrit and Grammarly, reading it aloud and backwards. By the end of summer, I hope to have it to the pros for fine tuning (or finding big mistakes).
Book 3 of Rowe-Delamagente
I hope to finish outlining by September. So far, the storyline includes travels to exotic places, an AI battle, satellites, an errant drone, child soldiers, friendship, and love. Stand by to see how I blend all that into a cohesive story (I hope).
I’m going to one in July sponsored by Teachers Pay Teachers. It supports my technology book sales. I’m excited mostly because this group is so darn creative. They figure out lots of great marketing ideas; I just hang on.
I need to clean up my blogs–re categorize posts, fix broken links, that sort. I started in Spring, but my tech teaching blog has thousands of links. It’ll take me all of summer to clean them up.
That’s the business end of my summer. The highlight will be a visit from my son. We’re planning a short road trip and a lot of movies. I can’t wait.
What are your summer plans?
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days.