Curriculum Overload in July

To the people who think that teachers sit around and sip margaritas by the poolside all summer, allow me a moment to correct that fallacy.

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My circle of friends just happens to be comprised of mostly people in the world of Education and our summers have a planning theme.  We reflect and make adjustments to what we did in the previous school year and begin implementing those changes in our annual plans for the next.  There just is not an “off switch” in a teacher’s brain.

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I won’t deny that I’ve spent my fair share of intimate times with my Netflix account or brought a good book to the beach, but planning for next year has always been on my mind.  Between office updates and family visits, I’ve been plugging away at creating a whole new curriculum for my new English IV and Pre AP English course.  Part of that development has included attending the CollegeBoard’s Advanced Placement Summer Institute at Bolles School for AP Literature.

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If you don’t know anything about the Bolles School, you need to know that it’s an immaculate campus!  I feel as though I am either on a college campus or backpacking my way through a rustic villa in Spain.

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I will be spending four full days of being full immersed in learning the ins and outs of AP Literature with the objectives of 1.) learning what is required of the course to support my development of our Pre-AP course, and 2.) to support my own instructional knowledge for my English IV development.  I really enjoyed the first day, and while it was quite intense versus my normal 3-4 hours of reading and note-taking in the early afternoons of my DIY professional development, I am very glad that I am dedicating a week of my summer to this.

Speaking of AP, I received my students’ test results on Sunday night.  I am very pleased with the overall scores and was pleasantly surprised that some students did better than was expected.  I wish that I could take credit for their scores, but the truth is that I was blessed with a very advanced group of students who not only are intelligent, but they have the maturity to take AP classes seriously.  Regardless of whether my students “passed” or “failed” according to this one test, I am incredibly proud of them and I cannot wait to start round two of AP Lang.

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