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Gail Skroback Hennessey taught for over 33 years, teaching sixth grade in all but two years. She earned a BA in early secondary education with a concentration in social studies and an MST in social...
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For Those Taking a Summer Break and For Those Who Are Not...

Wishing those of you who are now on Summer Break a very relaxing time. As someone that taught for 33 1/2 years, the very first FULL day of vacation was always the beginning of possibilities of things to do that I didn't get to do during the school year. In fact, I remember dreading the alarm clock going off at 6 a.m. during the school year yet during the summer, I gleefully got up at 6 a.m. because the day was all mine! I wanted to seize every bit of the day. Enjoy each and every day of your vacation. It will go too quickly! Read a book; garden; listen to music; take a pottery class; visit with friends and family; take a trip; sit by the pool (or visit someone who has one); binge watch a series (so many great ones on Netflix―see below); and, most importantly, take a break from thinking about school! Really! Even if it is only for a couple of weeks, place thinking about your classroom on hold for just a wee bit!

Of course, if you are on the computer,  please check in from time to time as I will continue to make blog postings, update my website for teachers/kids and add new teaching resources to my store.

For those of you who have school or summer school during July and August, I will continue to update my blog as well as my website for teachers and kids. Please continue to check in as you may find something of value to use with your students!


Recommendations of Shows to Binge Watch on Netflix:

  • Midsomer Murders (Amazing how many murders take place in the villages of England!)
  • Murdoch Mysteries (Historical mysteries that will make you look up some information!)
  • Longmire
  • Father Brown
  • Death in Paradise (Think Columbo in Paradise)
  • Doc Martin (Love Cornwall, England, where this quirky doctor series is filmed)
  • The Crown
  • Turn
  • Call the Midwife (Really...I didn't think I would like it and I am hooked.)
  • Poirot
  • Broadchurch (Powerful police story told in several seasons.)
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (1920 flapper solves mysteries in Australia.)

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