Summer Goals? How About Executive Function Professional Development!

Summer is an ideal time to work on your goals and explore your interests. We’ve talked about how important it is to encourage your students to work on their goals over the summer, but what about yours?

Teachers deserve time off over the summer, but not all of that time needs to be spent staring off into the sunset and trying to ignore the fact that September is getting closer and closer. Why not set some instructional goals for yourself? Taking time to learn about a topic more deeply keeps your brain sharp, and, when the new year inevitably comes around, you’ll have new tools in your arsenal to make the most of it.

My personal goals for the summer are to learn more about the teenage brain and how advances in neuroscience might help us understand adolescence better (and how this changing understanding can influence how we help teenagers be more motivated and empowered).

  • Michael Greschler, M.Ed., SMARTS Director