I'm determined not to let my teaching certificate expire again. I don't anticipate needing it in the near future, but I certainly didn't think I would need it for last year!
Part of the fun is all of the professional development I get to do. Obviously, my content area is music, but I can choose any classes I want to take. We have a great co-op, and the most recent class I took opened my eyes to the book awards that Arkansas gives every year: The Charley May Simon Award for 4-6 grades and the Arkansas Diamond Award for grades K-3.
You are NEVER too old for a good picture book. So part of our summer life-long-learning is to read through as many books on these lists as we possibly can. I'm asking each of us to write a brief impression on a post-it note and then stick it to the poster.
I'm super excited to have a ready-made book list (Arkansas has a teen book award list, too, I just haven't delved into it yet). This is going to be such a fun project!