The Monthly Miscellany: August

There’s a preponderance of research that shows that when you go public with your goals, you’re far more likely to accomplish them. Here’s my first monthly round-up that highlights what I hope to tackle in the next few weeks.

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Monthly Learning Topic: Solar Panels
The local college recently put in a massive solar panel installation about a mile from campus. I’ve biked by it throughout the process, and it’s been fascinating to watch it take shape. It’s prompted a lot of wondering on my part, from how solar panels actually capture sunlight, to how that energy is going to get from point A to point B.

Professional Development Books: Number Talks by Sherry ParrishWorking in the Reggio Way by Julianne Wurm

Teaching Focus: Developing meaningful, inquiry-based math activities and developing a routine for implementing Number Talks

Fiction Reads: The Guest Room & Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands (both by Chris Bohjalian), The Whore’s Child and Other Stories by Richard Russo

Non-fiction Read: Teacher Man by Frank McCourt

New Recipes to Try:
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Citrus Protein Green Smoothie
I’ve been a vegetarian for a couple of years now and I’m always looking to find interesting new recipes to try. I definitely need to come up with a quick & easy breakfast routine for when school starts again — I’ve been spoiled with all of the time I need to make eggs, toast, or even pancakes during these summer months.

Wellness Goal: 
Getting in the habit of blocking off one complete day a week(end) to not even think about school work!

Monthly Adventure:
Moving my parents into their new home & cycling in the Maine Food to Fork Fondo (33 miles)!

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