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.

https://www.apple.com/uk/support/macbasics/

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 mysliderule.com 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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http://www.mysliderule.com/Udemy/educational-applications-for-forms/

http://www.mysliderule.com/Udemy/using-web20-tools-in-education/

Any other recommendations for summer PD?

 

 

 

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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.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/anger-in-the-age-entitlement/201407/teenage-boys 

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