I am in a two week training course in Gainesville this week and the next. It's about 40 wacky science teachers (not me of course, I am a model of decorum) ... and it's taught by a neat physics professor from UF.
The class runs from 8am until 3pm, and by the time I get home, it's either time to paint or time to cook supper ... or both.
So there's not a lot of photo taking going on this week, although as usual, I always have it with me.
Except for today of course.
This morning we got to experiment (PLAY!) with dry ice to our hearts content.
It was great! There were great photo ops that I missed, because for once, I forgot to tote my camera along.
Actually, the whole course is great ... just enough lecture and lots of hands on activities.
The whole focus is a deeper understanding of some physical science principles that we teach in our classrooms.
Very good stuff so far and I am in an excellent group with the right mix of old friends and new aquaintances.
And one more excuse for sporadic posting this week ...
I decided to try for a change in my teaching career, so I have applied to the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) as a biology instructor.
It's our highly regarded online school, really a model program that a lot of states envy. I was already set up to teach online as a part time addition to my regular classes in the upcoming year for extra dough, but since then, FLVS has announced a full time regular biology instructor vacancy (vacancies?) , I have applied for that also.
It'll mean big changes in my teaching life if I get it, but change is good.
Teaching at FLVS is a work at home ... work anywhere situation.
I have friends who are working for FLVS now and they are very busy, but they all love it.
This past school year, Junior took two courses through FLVS and it was a really neat experience.
I have to say I was impressed with the course and the FLVS teachers who stayed in contact us as he progressed through the course.
The current classroom teaching situation is nice too, so it's good either way, but I am thinking I would like to stretch a little ... maybe step outside of the bricks and mortar box for a change.
So how does this affect my posting this week?
I have HOMEWORK!!!
To teach for FLVS, even in the part-time position that I have scheduled, I have to complete a training course, and I have to have it done by late July when I go nawth for a face to face training session.
Soooooo, I am working on that course each evening and should actually be doing that right now ... ahem, I guess I should get busy now and do MY HOMEWORK!
Maybe this weekend I can get a photo or two deserving Pure Florida exposure.
That is an assignment I look forward to completing.