It is time for the 2021 #8weeksofsummer Blog Challenge! Educators just experienced an unprecedented school year – a whole year – in incredibly challenging circumstances. We should have all kinds of thoughts on how online platforms augmented our teaching and our student’s learning experience. Will we go back to pre-pandemic schooling? And should we? How do we know the right online strategies to keep and what to dismiss?

2021 #8weeksofsummer Introduction Pin

2021 #8weeksofsummer blog challenge runs June 7 – July 31, 2021, and is for any educator. The challenge prompts educators with an opportunity for deep, written reflection. Each prompt asks them to blog about their reaction, thoughts, or experiences with some facet of their professional practice.

Expect the first prompt to post on HotLunchTray June 7th,
see the 2018 challenge prompts, 2019 challenge prompts, & 2020 challenge prompts.

Check on June 7th and every Monday until August 2nd for prompts. Any educator can participate in the 8 weeks of summer blog challenge by:

  1. Write a blog post for each weekly prompt at
  2. Include the hashtag in your blog title, link to the weekly HotLunchTray post in your weekly blog post, and use the #8weeksofsummer weekly image in your post.
  3. Comment on HotLunchTray’s weekly post with a link to your blog.
  4. Share your weekly blog posts on social media with the #8weeksofsummer hashtag.

Successful completion of all 8 weeks will result in one entry into the drawing for a $100 USD Amazon Gift card after August 2nd.2021 #8weeksofsummer Introduction

Week 1: Describe relationships with those you taught this year.

Week 2: Describe your peer collaboration this year.

Week 3: Describe new or additional supports your learners needed this year.

Week 4: Describe new tools you discovered or mastered this year.

Week 5: Describe what improved or challenged communication this year.

Week 6: What will you Keep/Lose/Try this coming school year?

Week 7: What specific professional development do you need for next school year?

Week 8: Share new knowledge/skills/attitudes you gained this past year.