Going to classes is 'no problem'

Teaching Your Child

Teaching Your Child

November 07, 2008|By LISA TEDRICK PREJEAN

Several weeks ago, our principal asked staff members to register for classes we would like to take at a teachers' convention we are attending this week.

I methodically went through the course catalog. After reading the descriptions, my choices were narrowed to 17 classes, too many to take at a two-day convention.

As I was finalizing my list, it was somewhat easy to eliminate a course if I could take a different one by the same instructor at another time. One year at a convention I signed up for several classes taught by the same instructor. In some ways it felt like taking the same class three times, even though the packaging was different.

This is my third teachers' convention. These conventions are a valuable time of renewal for educators, who are typically life-long learners. I've always enjoyed continuing education, and when an employer offers an opportunity such as this, I sincerely look forward to the experience. Still, in the back of my mind, I wanted to make sure all bases were covered at home before I went away.


Keeping track of a family's schedule is no small matter.

While looking over the course topics on my list, I began thinking about my first class. Before long, it was obvious that my attention was divided.

The description for "Beyond Smiley Stickers: Assessing Beginning Writers" promises that through group discussion, this workshop will explore developmentally appropriate concepts for beginning writers. How can we determine reasonable expectations for each grade level? How and when do we hold students accountable - BAG OF CHIPS"

The mental image of a bag of chips interrupted my train of thought.

I approached my husband and reminded him that each family is supposed to bring a bag of chips to our church's fall festival Friday night. Because I wouldn't be home until Saturday afternoon, could he remember that?

Sure, no problem.

OK. On to the next course: "Scorners and Mockers: How to Dampen Their Influ - VIOLIN/BASKETBALL CONFLICT"

Perhaps there's a way to play both at the same time ... keep the instrument on the bench and practice when you're not on the court?

I told my husband that our son's practice may fall on lesson day, so some juggling might be in order.

Sure, no problem.

On to class three, "Creative Writing - Teacher and Student Friendly: How can I encourage my students to write freely, yet keep me from becoming bogged down by all the - LINES FOR PLAY."

Our daughter is in a play and the lines need to be completely memorized by Sunday. Could you review those with her, dear?

Sure, no problem.

Next up was "Integrating Children's Literature K-12," Characteristics, types, examples and evaluation of traditional and modern fantasy will be discussed - 9:30 WORKDAY SATURDAY.

Our son has committed to helping with a church workday on Saturday. Can you make sure he gets there, honey?

Sure, no problem.

"Kids in transition - Middle School to High School: New students coming into your high school, especially freshmen, have a serious transition to deal with - THURSDAY EVENING/SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

Both kids have been invited to friends' houses, one on Thursday and one on Saturday. Dear, can you make the drop-off/pick-up connections?

His response was becoming a tad slower.

My husband's glance spoke volumes. He clearly wanted me to stop thinking about all the little things that needed to be taken care of at home so I could focus on the convention.

But I just want to make SURE all the bases are covered.

No problem.

Lisa Tedrick Prejean writes a weekly column for The Herald-Mail's Family page. Send e-mail to her at

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