The most terrifying moment for any teacher is mindlessly walking through a store on summer break, seeing all of the back to school displays, and suddenly realizing that you haven’t thought about a single thing for the next year, let alone planned anything.  Cue teacher panic mode. And that, my dear friends, is why I am already looking ahead.  As the school year comes to a close and we begin daydreaming about the bright promise of hot summer days spent at the pool with a book in one hand and a cool, refreshing beverage in the other, there is one thing we can do right now to avoid the end of summer panic: look ahead at the next school year. I ’m not talking about planning elaborate, detailed day-by-day lesson plans. I’m just talking about planning a rough sketch of next year’s curriculum: determine the length of your units and what you will read and write for each of those units. That’s it! If you do this, you will be able to enjoy your entire summer break without hearing...