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If you’ve been watching my blog you may have wondered where I have been.  Things have slowed down considerably as teachers become more and more occupied with preparations for end of year, which is November.  I find there is a lot of time spent evaluating through exams here and often the other classes are sent home while one class is writing exams.    Students are also required to be evaluated through practical exams which it seems are quite specific.

I held a teacher workshop August 5.  The teacher centre is being renovated so we returned to Buffalo Hotel.  There were around 15 teachers who came out but over 25 said they were coming.  This is a difficult thing to deal with.  Teachers expect and appreciate being fed at these seminars but I cannot easily predict the number to be fed.  I’m not also finding that many expect that they should also receive extra payment for attending such a session.  I’m trying to figure out how to deal with this.  How can I convince them that the money can be better spent on equipment?

I canceled the workshop on Aug 25 due to lack of response.  This is a continuing problem.  Teachers cannot seem to predict whether they will be able to attend or not.  I canceled it the day before, having only heard from 3 teachers.

I am thinking that in future I may decide to hold the formal workshop portion of DST only from January until June, when teachers are freer to attend and when activities are easily incorporated into their lessons.  I’m not sure how I will accomplish this but I am working with a few of the teachers to determine the best way to get organized so that the equipment will be accessible during times when I am not here.



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