Summer PD

Summer is a great time to catch up on some good professional development. The past few years I have used the time to study literature, as I have always known the books I will be working with. This year I am in-between moving between two countries so I have decided to shift my focus. Here is my plan for PD over the summer.

1. Basics Mac course.

I recently bought a new MacBook Air so I could work on I-books. I know there are a ton of features that I am not utilising. So I am taking the following online tutorial.

2. Updating my CV

It has been a while since I did a proper overhaul of my CV. This time I plan on going digital. I am going to try my had at a Tumblr template as well as using a visualise me infographic. I will post later on and share my experience.

3. Brushing up my ICT skills

I am loving the availability on free online courses. I have been using to search from courses. The site searches from many different sites such as Codecademy, Khan Academy, Udemy, and MIT Open Courseware. I think I have chosen the following:

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Any other recommendations for summer PD?





Dealing With Angry Teenage Boys

As a middle school teacher, I really related to this article. A fantastic read with some explicit suggestions for how to handle angry boys. I especially agree with the idea of keeping things short, lectures absolutely do not work. 

I have also blogged on this topic before. For another angle on the topic check out my post on Boys in Education



Nothing Beats the Clotted Cream in the UK

Good strong cup of tea and scones in Llangollen, Wales

Tea in Wales


How to Kick Start Summer Reading

A nice article from The Atlantic about encouraging summer reading.



Myths About The Brain

My kids were huge believers that we only use 10% of the brain. I used my morning chats as times to talk to with the kids about the brain and explain to them how it works and relates to learning. The loved the topic. Here is a great video about some common myths.