So, for the next four days I am attending a workshop given by the I.B. about the changes to the Theory of Knowledge curriculum and how to best implement those changes in best practice teaching to my students. It is always hard to be away from my classroom during the school year. Whether through illness for myself, my children, etc. it is hard for me to break the stride of my teaching routine. Those who have been in my classroom probably would attest to the fact that I am a fairly structured person (some might even say ‘too’ structured). As a result, leaving my classroom for 3 days (actually 4 in total, but 3 away from the classroom) is hard for me. But, there is two benefits to compensate for the negative: first, is the learning I am acquiring to better inform my teaching practice in my TOK classroom, especially since I will again be teaching the grade 11 TOK course this year. And secondly, the only place this TOK workshop was going on this year was in Florida! Leaving Winnipeg the night before a large snowstorm and cold snap and
heading to Florida where it is +28 Celsius outside and sunny right now is certainly a benefit. As well, the conference is held in a resort hotel with amazing accommodations. For example, lunch today was an amazing Mexican food smorgasbord as seen here:
It was amazing. And to continue the torture of any of my student currently reading this post, here is a shot I took of a seagull I saw on my way to my “classroom” for today’s conference:
And, lastly, after lunch today, I had a little time before my afternoon session – so I went for a walk along the ocean beach and took this shot of some of the activities right beside my hotel:
Have fun kids, be good, get some work done, and be nice to the substitute!
Some more pics, including my classroom to make sure the kids know I’m actually not on vacation: