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

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat



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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Derek Larson

Husband, father, teacher, learner, tech addict, musician, and friend. J. Derek Larson taught 4th and 5th grades in Southern Utah for 8 years, absolutely loving every minute, before becoming the Educational Technology Director for the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) in Cedar City, Utah. Having completed his M.Ed. with an emphasis on technology, he feels technology is one of the most crucial aspects of teaching because of the way students are excited by and look forward to using it. If educators can find ways to effectively harness technology into their teaching, they will be better able to reach their students and help them catch the excitement of learning. This is one of Derek's goals as he works with teachers in rural districts across Southwestern Utah. He was awarded the 2014 UCET Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, an award presented to an outstanding young educator, in the first ten years of their teaching career, who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning. He also received the Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) certification from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) in October of 2016. Earning the CETL certification helps education technology leaders demonstrate they have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st-century learning environments in their school districts. More recently, Derek earned the Google Certified Educator Levels 1 and 2 along with his Google Certified Administrator certifications, showcasing his ability to effectively use the G-Suite toolset as well as effectively administer the back-end of the G-Suite productivity system. Derek is a moderator for #UTedChat, an education Twitter chat focused on Utah educators which happens every Wednesday @ 9 pm MDT. Come on by and join the conversation, non-Utahns are welcome as well. He is serving his 5th year as a member of the UCET Board where he is the currently working as the Public Relations Director. Derek has three kids and a wonderful wife who help him stay grounded in the things that matter most. He loves spending time with them in the mountains where he is reminded of the need to unplug occasionally to make sure he is the best person he can be.