If you were to ask me, "What are you thinking about right now?" 9 times out of 10 I would respond with something about my classroom, for my students or basically anything that deals with teaching. This is further illustrated through this experience. While Adam and I were driving, about a month ago, he turned to me and asked what my hobbies were. My first thoughts were all related to something about teaching. It took me a minute to think of something that didn't directly relate to my classroom or my students. While I realize that i should have other hobbies (which I'm now working on) I can't help but love to learn and teach others!
This summer has been my summer of classes. I have been in class since the week after school got out. I'll have a two week break in July and then I'll have one more class at the beginning of August. Some people think I'm crazy and that I should use my summer break for relaxation, but I can't help it: I don't have kids and I love LEARNING! My favorite so far has been BYU's Science Plus program and so here's a little about what I did for a week!
The class consisted of going down to Southern Utah in the Colorado Plateau region and learning all about the geology and biology of the area. We would start at 7:30 in the morning, eat lunch in the vans, have dinner at 5, present our findings from our assignments and then head to bed at about 9. If we weren't sleeping we were wandering all around learning about rocks, plants, habitats, geologic time and more! It was one of the most tiring things I've done in a long time (reminded me of my mission minus the religious part:) but I learned so much and I'm so excited to change how I teach science and use the inquiry method that I learned while I was there! It amazes me that we never cease to learn new things and I have a lot of years to keep learning! Therefore, if you have a hard time getting a hold of me it's probably because I'm in class:)