Summer Work

Kimberly Formisano, Head of Lower School

I often hear from those who aren’t teachers how great it is to be a teacher because of having summers off. What I always make sure to emphasize in these moments is that while the summer break provides a much-deserved respite, it is also an invaluable opportunity for teachers to reflect, continue learning, and participate in professional development that directly enhances the quality of education they provide. Contrary to the misconception that teachers simply relax during these months, many dedicate substantial time to refining their teaching practices.
Reflecting on the past school year allows teachers to identify successes and areas for improvement, ultimately leading to more effective instructional strategies. Engaging in reading relevant to their subject matter and pedagogical techniques keeps educators informed about the latest educational research and innovative approaches. Furthermore, participating in professional development workshops and courses equips teachers with fresh insights, tools, and strategies that can be directly applied in the classroom.

Brimmer teachers have been actively engaged in meetings to prepare for the next year and enhance the curriculum. Many faculty members are dedicating their summer to reading and researching various professional topics, aiming to incorporate best practices into their teaching. Most teachers participated in off campus training ranging from literacy workshops to math courses, to strengthening equity in education, and further developing social and emotional practices. Brimmer teachers capitalized on the time off and mixed summer adventures with personal growth. By actively investing time in self-improvement during the summer, teachers showcase their dedication to fostering optimal learning environments and dispel the inaccurate notion that their commitment to education wavers during these months of respite.
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