It has been a long summer and I haven't blogged much since we headed back to Monterrey. It's been all work, travel and too many hotel beds to count. We made good money and Friday was my last day for a few weeks before we start our weekend road tours.
I met a lot of teachers, worked in two schools a day. Private schools run the gamut from small family owned and operated schools to campuses that make some U.S. schools seem relatively small and insignificant. I had time to read while I was riding high in the sky and I chose to read pedagogy and methodology materials since I hadn't done so since April. You can never stop with professional development and that included materials about presenting and use of technology.
Here are a few pics that describe the last month.
Airports . . .
Hotels . . .
An occasional splurge meal . . .
And the winner of all schools on this tour was in Guadalajara. The owners purchased what was left of a farm in a now semi-industrial area. The maintained as much of the farm as possible including lots of green areas. The picture isn't the best but in the back are the classroom buildings. I don't see many schools like this in the U.S. or Mexico where all of the staff are well-paid educational professionals. The farm also came with what are now two older dogs, a German Shepard and a Gran Pionero (can't remember in English right now) that are allowed to roam the school. I hit it off with one that followed me both days and sat next to me while we worked. I guess he loved my presentations and activities. Anyway, it was a refreshing experience to know that excellence in education still exists.
The worst were the days like this last Thursday when I had worked four days straight and took a late flight home arriving at the house at 11 p.m. only to get up and 5:30 and head back to the airport. However, that's part of what I do.
September I will be heading to Pennsylvania and Tennessee working with the SAT/ACT and then head to Kansas City where I will visit with my family for a few days.