I started blogging this school year, so this is my first summer in the blogosphere. I thought it would be dead in the summer. Boy, was I wrong. I can't keep up. So many math people are blogging and tweeting and doing PD and sharing their ideas, I am overwhelmed. I like summer because it is my time to disconnect and then I will hit refresh mid August. I don't think it is going to happen this summer. This summer is also my first summer tutoring. I teach high school but am tutoring a 4th grader and a 7th grader, so I am preparing new stuff for then. My own son is going off to college in the fall, so he is taking a refresher pre-calc class this summer, so I am helping him. And, I am taking the free class through Stanford, called How to Learn Math. There is no down time, no getting away from it.
Instead, I will embrace it. I will read the blogs with my handy dandy notebook close by so I can jot down all your ideas.
Oh, I forgot to add. I have two new preps this fall - new common core Algebra II Accelerated and our Futures class (the kids who are pulled out from regular classes). I have looked at my calendar for Alg 2 and am so overwhelmed by the amount of content that has to go into the class. And, my Futures' students told me they are interested in learning more about extreme couponing. All this equals more time and research for me.
One of my favorite things to do in the summer to get ready for school is to go to Staples. Each week they have specials for 1 cent or 25 cents. I go to a few Staples each week to get the stuff. Often I am not sure what I will use the thing for, but I find a use. I highly recommend checking out your weekly Staples ad. (And, Target's $1 section - now is the time to find school stuff)
Off to read some more, wishing I could be at Twitter Math Camp.