Author: Rich Hovey

Hop in the water plug just for old time’s sake.

Recently on #SlowChatED, we contemplated the role of summer in the lives of teachers and students. We shared photos, told a few stories, and made future plans. Sometime during the week, a spirited conversation broke out about whether summer vacation was still a valid—and valuable—custom.

Here are highlights from the week.

Q1: Share and caption a photo (or video)  from a cherished summer memory of your own.

 

Q2: What are some ways you (or a teacher you know) have earned extra cash in summers past?

Q3: Some say summer break no longer makes sense, is a relic from a different era, and negatively affects learning. What say you?

Q4: What’s on your summer reading list? Photos or links please.

Q5: What were the growth or learning experiences of the summers of your youth?

Q6: What are you doing THIS summer? Photos and/or links preferred.

Thank you everyone who stopped by last week! Go enjoy Summer 2014, and see what you can do to make summer more meaningful for all the kids in your midst.

Finally, if you made it to the bottom of this post, and are of a certain age, I invite you to enjoy the following piece of pop culture nostalgia:

From Rich Hovey, #SlowChatED moderator for May 12 – 18

May 12 – 18: Summer

Q1: Share and caption a photo (or video)  from a cherished summer memory of your own.

Q2: What are some ways you (or a teacher you know) have earned extra cash in summers past?

Q3: Some say summer break no longer makes sense, is a relic from a different era, and negatively affects learning. What say you?

Q4: What’s on your summer reading list? Photos or links please.

Q5: What were the growth or learning experiences of the summers of your youth?

Q6: What are you doing THIS summer? Photos and/or links preferred.

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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

My name is Rich Hovey. I work with at-risk teenagers on California’s Central Coast, and am pleased to bring you a special edition of #slowchatED. Educators across the land are gazing with hope at the coming months on their personal calendars. Let’s harness all that anticipation and explore the most wonderful and envied of fringe benefits: Summer Vacation

When I was a younger man, veteran teacher Jeff Weit sparked my imagination with a snapshot from his memories of summers off. In the middle of a July cross-country road trip many years ago, Jeff pulled off the highway somewhere in the Dakotas, and pitched tents in a simple campground with a parking lot and open field. The next morning, his wife and children still asleep, Jeff emerged to find himself surrounded by swelling hot air balloons and their crews. Jeff wondered what day of the week it was. He fired up the campstove, dug out a stack of paper cups, then wandered about the field, handing out coffee and making new friends.

This week on #slowchatED, I hope to gather more stories like Jeff’s. Let’s talk about tasting rooms and ice cream trucks, road trips and long-haul flights, grad school and summer reading lists, side jobs and volunteer hours. Let’s talk about sunscreen, open-toed shoes, frisbees, grilled meats, and of course, that to-do list you’re working on. Let’s recall great memories and gaze forward at those which have not yet been made.