Summer is the time to look over those unit plans. As you reflect and rethink lessons, here's something to consider: How can you turn direct instruction into experiences where students instead discover?
We all know that designing learning activities takes time and brainpower -- both often very limited during the mad rush of the school year. (And when we are short on time, we teachers much too often turn to direct instruction.) So for those of us who philosophically see ourselves more as "a guide on the side," rather than "a sage on the stage," it's in our pedagogical DNA to sacrifice some of summer and continue to develop such constructivist, student-centered lessons. (Rebecca Alber at Edutopia)