Derek and I were very fortunate to be accepted as adjunct instructors for Syracuse University's Project Advance program this year. Essentially, we will be teaching Syracuse classes to our students in our classrooms back in Vietnam. This is great new for our students, because they can earn actual college credits (at a very reduced rate) instead of gambling on some test they take in May. For us, it means a very full week of work in Syracuse, New York in the middle of our all-too-short trip home. It also means we had to leave our kids in Colorado while we ventured to New York. Not being close to my little ones is the most difficult part for me. I know they are having fun with Oma and Opa, but I miss them terribly.
I am very excited to be able to offer this option to my calculus students next year. In fact, we have so many students taking SUPA Calculus next year that we could justify have two separate sections! Derek is getting certified to teach a Web Design course using HTML. I think it's amazing that our students can take college courses while still in high school. We had a young lady graduate this year with 30 college credits which are transferable to over 90% of colleges and universities in the US. What an incredible opportunity!
The program for teachers is pretty intensive. We are covering the entire course in four and a half days as well as learning about all of the administrative things that go along with the course. The math is easy (I have been teaching AP Calc for seven years), but it's been very interesting listening to the Head of the Mathematics Department of Syracuse University talk about what is most important for students to get out of a Calc 1 course. It's similar to aligning longitudinally. it reminds my of how, several years ago, I was part of a group discussion in which we begged the middle school teachers to stop using the phrase "copy, dot, flip" for dividing fractions. It appears that high school teachers do some of the same things, and it drives the college professors crazy. Good to know.
We are learning a lot, and I am glad we are here, but that doesn't make be away from my boys any easier. They have been busy dudes. Oma has taken them to parks, museums, the library for story time, and she allows them to play with the hose in the back yard and make big messes. I'm trying to convince her to write a guest post/journal of her time with the kids. We'll see what she comes up with after she gets over the exhaustion from watching the boys for a week...