Welcome to the 2019 #8weeksofsummer blog challenge! All educators are welcome to participate and reflect on their practice this #8weeksofsummer – a break for reflection and connection.
Educators seem to charge hard toward their calendar breaks. Exposing students to content, experiences, and thinking which will serve them in their future studies. In the process, educators exhaust themselves. The last weeks of a school year are often a sprint at the end of a marathon, and we collapse at the finish line.
Our breaks occur after we have worked hard to serve students, but how do we repair ourselves from our efforts? How do we refresh ourselves physically and mentally to do it all again?
Hopefully, the prompts of #8weeksofsummer parallel your recovery process and end up building you up to the next race which starts soon enough. But first, summer!
Planned Professional Growth
What are your professional learning goals this summer?
Have a Blog: You may blog on a traditional blog or use Facebook; any platform with an independent URL for each post.
Write & Include: (1) This at the start of your post: “This post is week 1 of 8 in the 8 Weeks of Summer Blog Challenge for educators.” and kindly link that sentence to https://wp.me/p4cW8a-2MY.
And (2) please use the hashtag #8weeksofsummer in social media shares of the post.
Comment on my Prompt: Post a link to your blog in the comments of each of the 8 blog prompts in a timely fashion (We are on vacation, and you may not even know which day it is, so let’s say within 3 weeks of the post).
This 2019 #8weeksofsummer blog challenge runs June 9 – July 28, 2019, and is for any educator. The challenge prompts educators with the opportunity of reflection. Each prompt asks them to blog about their reaction, thoughts, experiences with some facet of their professional practice.
Check HotLunchTray.com June 9th and every Sunday until July 28th for prompts.
Successful completion of all 8 weeks commenting/linking back/sharing via social media will result in one entry into the drawing for $100 USD Amazon Gift card one week after July 29th.
2019-06-13 at 8:49 am
Here’s my first – thanks for pushing us to continue writing! http://geniushour.blogspot.com/2019/06/summer-reading-my-plans.html
2019-06-21 at 8:06 am
Nice lists Joy. I added one more for your consideration!
Thanks for being in the #8weeksofsummer blogging challenge!
2019-06-14 at 9:56 pm
Just wrote mine up today! I look forward to participating in this blog challenge this summer! We have 2 more days in school, but I am definitely looking ahead to summer & next year. https://readingin6th.blogspot.com/2019/06/summer-fun-summer-learning.html
Melissa Sawetch recently posted…Summer Fun, Summer Learning
2019-06-21 at 8:16 am
Thanks for joining the #8weeksofsummer blogging challenge!
I am glad we caught you right at the start of your summer.
I applied for your Facebook PD group – sounds cool! And I hope to catch up with you in the #PD4UandME chat.
2019-06-21 at 8:58 am
I look forward to learning with you in the group! Thanks for joining! Glad to hear you’ll be joining the chat. It is my favorite chat on Twitter-the educators who run it are awesome people!
2019-06-14 at 11:02 pm
Hi! Joy is a main part of my post this week! I’m off to read her post now. Thanks for keeping this challenge this year. http://whatelse.edublogs.org/2019/06/14/8weeksofsummer-goals/
2019-06-21 at 8:26 am
Yeah! Sheri is back!
This post helped me make a connection to something my own boys have articulated a need for – space! Thank you for that reinforcement!
2019-06-15 at 3:58 pm
Here we go– 8 weeks of summer, flashback edition
2019-06-21 at 8:39 am
I am currently reading The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783-1789 by Edward J. Larson https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23352432-the-return-of-george-washington in advance of a return trip to Philadelphia. I admire how you used history to inform your literature class.
Thanks for joining the #8weeksofsummer blogging challenge!
2019-06-16 at 2:44 pm
I’m excited about this challenge! I struggle with topic ideas over the summer, so thank you for eliminating the hard part for me! Here’s my first post: https://www.shutthedoorandteach.com/2019/06/summer-professional-learning-goals-for.html
Amber Thomas recently posted…Summer Professional Learning Goals for Teachers
2019-06-21 at 8:49 am
Glad to have you join #8weeksofsummer blogging challenge!
It sounds like you have a busy summer already, we are so glad you are joining in with us as well!
2019-06-17 at 3:39 pm
I look forward to participating in this blogging challenge this summer. Thank you for organizing this for us.
2019-06-21 at 8:55 am
Your blog looks like an awesome resource for digital literacy. I am so glad you decided to join the #8weeksofsummer blogging challenge!
I look forward to reading more of your blog.
2019-06-18 at 5:46 am
2019-06-21 at 9:01 am
I am so glad you are back Theodora!
you bring such an interesting perspective that I always learn something reading your thoughts on your blog.
2019-06-18 at 2:00 pm
Sorry I’m late! But at least I got here before the party is over! Here’s a link to my week 1 post!
2019-06-21 at 9:18 am
Yeah, you made the time to join #8weeksofsummer blogging challenge! I am honored, your time is precious!
Your post got me so fired up I don’t think you should introduce me to whoever called you vanilla! You’ll just have to read my response to that and know that is coming from the best place, but it did get to me.
2019-06-18 at 2:01 pm
Here’s my post for the first prompt: http://www.kristinteaches.com/?p=399
Thanks for posting this challenge, and thanks Melissa Sawetch for telling me about it!
2019-06-21 at 9:29 am
I cannot yet tell if I like you more for your GOT post or just being a Michigander (I’m from over by Grand Rapids).
You’ll just have to keep posting in the #8weeksofsummer blogging challenge for me to read more!
2019-06-26 at 8:53 am
I love the Grand Rapids area! I’m from SE Michigan, but we head out to the west side of the state for many of our vacations. Thank you for reading and commenting!
2019-06-19 at 2:29 pm
What a stellar crowd in this list of commenters. I’m going to go read their posts now. I’m a few days late, but I want to try this on my #8WeeksofSummer. All the best to the other bloggers!
2019-06-21 at 9:32 am
Denise, I am impressed with all that you will do this summer, from the road! Keep us updated on your learning and your travels.
2019-06-20 at 6:17 pm
I’m late to the party, but I’m happy to finally be here! Please read my blog here: http://www.happinessiswatermelonshaped.com/2019/06/first-day-of-summer-vacation.html
The class I’m taking at Tufts is a pilot program so if you live in the Boston area, it’s a great opportunity!
2019-06-29 at 4:57 pm
Glad you are able to join us!
Those classes you mentioned sound like ones I would take – I hope you debrief us on what you learned!
2019-06-25 at 4:53 pm
Here is my 1st of 8 blog posts!
2019-06-29 at 5:00 pm
I am happy to read this post.
I love your choice of books, Those sound like each would make an excellent post once you’re done with everything else this summer.
2019-06-29 at 4:04 pm
I’m in! Here’s my first and I’m catching up. https://grumpyoldteacher.com/2019/06/29/blog-challenge-week-one-professional-learning-plans/
Gregory Sampson recently posted…Blog Challenge, Week One: Professional Learning Plans
2019-06-29 at 5:04 pm
How wonderful that you found the challenge while you could still catch up! I’ll be interested in what you learn in your second online course – I hope you make a post of it when you are done.
2019-07-06 at 7:17 am
I’m a newbie nevertheless, I have great stuff on planning for a summer road trips. Quick and easy steps. I’m in.
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