Summer pursuits: Refill the empty pitcher!

Thank you to the many edubloggers for the best year of teaching I've ever had!

Now, if you are looking for something to do, the wiki how to has many random things that you can learn how to do.

However, if you want to do something meaningful, I suggest you speak out on DOPA, Read a good book, spend time with your family and for goodness sakes, blog about the things you've learned this year so the rest of us can be in the excitement.

Remember that we need a vacation just to remember who we are. You simply cannot pour water out of an empty pitcher. When we know who we are and are rested, we are better teachers in the fall.

So, fill up that pitcher. Rest without guilt and read with abandon. Blog, comment, and get some sun. Play frisbee and play with new technology. Prop your feet up and have a good laugh.

As I've been reading my first book of the summer, Thomas Cahill's “How the Irish Saved Civilization” I am reminded that when the Irish saved civilization, they also preserved their own. For as they copied books, they would get sleepy. To stay awake, they wrote limericks, poems, and cartoons in the margins of books. They left their mark on their profession and in the history of their culture.

For this reason, it is perfectly acceptable to blog about other things in the summer time. Consider them the limericks, poems, and cartoons in the margins of your professional book over time.

Have a great summer!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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