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My Summer Plans

I have a very hectic summer ahead of me.  I have vowed not to slow down just because summer has arrived.  If you’re bored and have nothing to do this summer, think of me and all that I will be doing —

1.  Conferences:  One of my goals for this summer is to attend as many conferences as possible for my own professional development purposes.  The ones that I’ve registered for so far are:
  • MAA Conference, May 6 – 7, Kalamazoo, MI
  • ACMS Conference, June 1 – 4, Santa Barbara, CA
  • MCC Math and Technology Conference, August 8 – 12, Muskegon, MI
2.  Teaching:  Another one of my goals for the summer is to improve the courses that I am teaching.  The summer is an opportune time for me to do so because I encounter issues that I wouldn’t otherwise encounter since the classes are accelerated and I actually have time to deal with them since I don’t have as much other ‘stuff’ to deal with.  My teaching schedule so far is:
  • Preparation for Algebra (May – August)
  • Statistics (July – August)
  • Introduction to Math Systems (Online)
  • Beginning Algebra (July – August)
  • Intermediate Algebra (July – August)
3.  Local Events and Community Involvement:  Yes, I really want to get involved in my own community, and here are a few of the ways that I plan to do so this summer:
  • Volunteer with Friends of the Library to update membership database
  • Attend local Green Living Festival
  • Support Friends of the Library summer used book sale
  • Attend Rochester Heritage Days, Rochester River Days, Rochester Music in the Park, and Rochester Movies in the Moonlight
4.  Celebrate the Summer Holidays with Family:  Do I even need to remind you about all of the upcoming holidays?  Maybe I should in the event that you need to pick up something that you might have forgotten:
  • Mother’s Day (possible trip to African Safari Wildlife Park in Ohio)
  • Memorial Day
  • Father’s Day
  • Independence Day
  • My Birthday (and my mom’s the day after mine)
5.  Ohhh… and I did I forget to mention that I’m taking a class, too?  The class I’m taking is called ‘Perspectives on Instructional Technology’ and over the course of the next 7 weeks, I have to write 7 short essays on the following topics, all of which I will share with you along the way as well: 
  • Is the goal of educational research to produce generalizable findings?
  • Is effective use of technology primarily a matter of technical skills?
  • Should teachers be required to use online learning and teaching technologies?
  • What is the biggest problem in using the Web as a resource in K-12 education?
  • Do digital technologies represent a decisive break with past educational technologies?
  • What does research tell us are the best practices in online learning and teaching?
  • What is the most important challenge we face reinventing schools for a digital future?
 And in a nutshell, that’s my summer. 
By Jon Oaks

College Math Instructor. Tech Enthusiast. Visionary. Creative Genius. But above all, I enjoy what I do. That is why I am a teacher. Because I like to teach.

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