3 Things You Can Do This Summer to Be Better Prepared for Next School Year
Summer will be over before you know it. You should definitely take this time to relax and not think about the next school year, but you could also take this time to be better prepared for the next school year. Here are three ways you can use the summer to prepare for a new school year:
Take a Class
As a substitute teacher, you have likely encountered at least one class where you were a little unsure about material, especially if you taught at the high school level. The summer is a great time to learn or relearn material. Take a community college course or an online class to make yourself more familiar with the material. This can be an especially good idea if you are interested in substitute teaching in an honors or AP class, where the teacher might be reluctant to just give the students busy work. If you know the material, the teacher is more likely to trust you to teach the class.
Read the Books
After you have substituted in the same English class or even in the same school a few times, you get a feel for the books the students are reading as part of the class. Even if you read those books as a teenager, if it has been a few years since you read them, you may have forgotten the characters and the plot. Read or reread books the students are likely to read. This will allow you to better understand the books you are likely to cover if you sub in an English course.
Review with Your Own Children
If you have school-age children, use the summer as an opportunity to review with them the material they learned the previous year. Go over things like math, vocabulary words, and history facts. This will help both you and your children to not forget important information.
Of course, there are many other things you can do during the summer to better prepare for a new school year. Contact us for other ideas.