#UTedChat Questions for 07/11 – Summer Learning & Rejuvenation

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This week’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Deborah Gatrell, NBCT (@DeborahGatrell1). She’s a Utah Teacher Fellow who does 12 months of work within a normal school year and holds down a part-time job too. Summer is crucial for recharging her batteries and preparing for a new school year. It’s likely the same for many of us. Join Deborah on Wednesday, 11 July at 9 pm MDT on Twitter to chat about Summer Learning and Rejuvenation.

If you haven’t already followed Deborah via Twitter (@DeborahGatrell1) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1: Some folks think teachers sit around and eat bonbons over the summer. We know better than that! What summer learning opportunities are you participating in? Why? 

Q2: What non-traditional learning formats (aka not ‘seat time’) have you tried out? What were the results? Would you recommend your experience? 

Q3: We multitask like nobody’s business during the school year. Are you taking a technology break to RE-boot this summer? If so, how’d it go? If not, what’s holding you back? 

Q4: What do you do to unwind when you cut the digital cord? Are you going to RE-read any favorites? How is reading rejuvenating? 

Q5: Have you taken time to RE-flect on teaching and learning in your classroom? Writing is a great way to process what went well & what can improve by looking at the hows and whys. Share some purposeful reflections…

Q6: Here’s your chance to RE-turn to creativity! What creative passions do you have (or make) time for over the summer? How do these experiences influence your teaching?

Q7: Now that you have a few minutes to just sit and think, how can you RE-envision your classroom? Imagine how your classroom blueprint could be recreated into a well-oiled, learning machine with a warm, inviting feel… How would it be different?

Q8: Tonight’s questions were inspired by this great ASCD article. How will you make time for yourself so you come back ready to rock the new school year?


Deborah Gatrell, NBCT is a Utah Teacher Fellow who does 12 months of work within a normal school year and holds down a part-time job too. Summer is crucial for recharging her batteries and preparing for a new school year. It’s likely the same for many of us.

You can follow Deborah via Twitter at @DeborahGatrell1.

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Cody Plumhof

Cody is the web developer, Communications Coordinator and media production center director for the Washington County School District. He has served on the UCET Board since 2012 as the WCSD representative and web developer for the organization.