What Teachers Actually Do in the Summer: Mrs. Montoya

Kids often don’t think about what their teachers are doing over the summer, and parents might not know, either. Even though school is out, teachers are hard at work over the summer, too: They’re working on summer programs, developing new curriculum and activities for the next school year, working on professional development, and more!

We asked Mrs. Montoya what she will be doing over the summer. Here’s what she said:

Before the first day of school each year, Mrs. Montoya is hard at work prepping for the school year!

As soon as school is out this summer, I will be working on VBS with Mrs. Gloystein and Mrs. Klute. I will be getting all of the craft projects ready for the VBS students. We are going to do a summer STEAM (science, education, engineering, arts, technology) program along with our summer reading program, which both run from June 12 to July 24. I will be trying out projects for the STEAM program, and I will bring some of my favorite stories to read and develop activities related to our summer reading program theme this year, which is Castles and Dragons: The World of Fantasy.

Then in June, we will start the summer reading and STEAM programs. On Wednesdays, I will be working at HLS with students who attend these programs. VBS is in June here at Zion, and my daughters and I also help to teach VBS at a church in Palmer, Nebraska.

Over the summer, I will be getting my lessons ready for next school year. I will have the entire year planned out and decide which experiments and projects we are going to do. Then, if I need to find or get materials that we will use for these projects, I will. Along with this, I like to have all that I need at least until Christmas printed and organized in my file cabinet. (If there is time, I might try to print everything for the entire school year.) I want to figure out what field trips we will be taking and when we will be going. I plan on doing a lot more on Google Classroom, as well as Seesaw, so I will spend some time getting that all ready for the students. I will also reorganize our third and fourth grade classroom—it will be time to move all of the furniture around. There are a couple of things I want to add, and I am going to reorganize all of our Maker supplies.

We all loved our Wednesday Tech Time this year, so I will plan out all new activities and projects for us to work on next school year. I have already bought some new things that we will be using, and I am going to have fun with them this summer. Here’s a sneak preview: We now have new robots to program, including Ozobot bits, Sphero Minis, and BBC micro:bits. We also have Conductive Clay, Snap Circuit projects, and other activities with circuits. I bought us some Stikbots to learn about making stop-motion movies with green screen. We will also do other green screen projects. We will do more coding with Scratch and our EV3 Lego robots. Of course, there will be building projects that need to be planned out for our Maker activities.

I will also be working on my colloquy through Concordia University. During the school year there is always so much going on, so I hope to get at least a few of the classes finished this summer.

I will be taking a few short trips this summer with my children. We will be going to the Nebraska Ren Faire, and we are also planning on going to Kansas City for a Con. This will be our first time at this convention. We are looking forward to it! We are thinking about going to the Cosmosphere in Kansas, and we plan on taking a couple of trips to Henry Doorly Zoo and Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha.

Then there will be a few college visits planned for Melinda as we try to learn where she might like to go to college. Ella and I will be doing a lot of writing this summer. I am going to be working at getting some more of my writing published. We will play games, read, visit friends and family, and have fun together.

Share this blog post with your kids! They’ll enjoy learning more about what their teachers are working on over the summer break.

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