Yes, it is January. Yes, you are only half way through the school year.
But teachers already have summer plans and the (often unpaid) work they want to do.
Content Upgrades & Refresh
An ongoing thing teachers do is evaluate how a lesson plan worked and make notes to revise. Summer is a popular time to revise plans. Even if plans worked out, summer can be a time to investigate if trade books or other supplements exist which would enhance the lesson. It is a great time to comb the resources of the Internet and leisurely collaborate with colleagues.
Books on professional practice are often included in this category as they can sharpen the focus of the classroom, teacher’s delivery style, or delivery method (think blended delivery).
Think platforms, access, and logins.
Teachers are always looking for the quicker way to make these processes closer to automatic, accurate, and basically not take up instructional time. Instead of changing things mid-school year, the summer is the ideal time to try new approaches or procedures to decrease time spent on these non-instructional tasks.
Classroom organization as well.
Rearranging the room for improved movement and flexibility are often tackled outside of the school year.
Standards change often in education. And that means formative, summative, benchmark test must align to current standards. Teachers comb through their assessments to look for any unaligned material, check with the school/district/state for any changes in standards. Finally, make any adjustments to assessments based on standard changes.
Summer is a good time to continue as a learner for teachers; certifications such as cK12 certified educator, nearpod certified educator, ThingLink certified educator, flipgrid certified educator, newsELA certified educator, BrainPop certified educator, DuoLingo teacher certification/ambassador, Quizlet Ambassador, Seesaw Ambassador, Minecraft Certified Educator, National Geographic certified educator, VoiceThread Workshops (free), VoiceThread Certification (cost), EdPuzzle Coach Certification – are all options available to teachers. These certifications can set teachers apart from their peers and signal an intended change in career goals to administrators.
Some want teachers contributions:
cK12 blog: https://www.ck12info.org/blog/
EdTechReview blog: http://edtechreview.in/contribute/write-for-us-edtechreview
Maybe sharing in person at a formal conference or an informal gathering like an edcamp.