This eight-part workshop from Annenberg Learner is a great place to start to get ideas on how to integrate the arts into all of your elementary curriculum. Use this as a group project with your co-teachers or do it on your own. Each part is set up the same way with a section on the background of the topic, the learning objectives of the program, a one-hour video with questions to consider, activities and discussion questions to use if using the workshop for professional development, homework options, and supplemental activities. Be sure to check out the section that talks about the workshop because it has links to arts education standards, program summaries, and additional resources.http://www.learner.org/workshops/artsineveryclassroom/
Enjoy the outdoors this summer while working on professional development by listening to some of these podcasts offered by the International Reading Association. These podcasts cover a plethora of topics, primarily on reading, of course, but also offer ideas on writing strategies. With discussions on literacy development in early readers to ideas for teaching vocabulary to middle and high school students, you will be sure to find something that will help you in your Language Arts instruction. If you’d rather read than listen, many of the articles are available in PDF format.