Teachers Cruise (Homework Req'd)
About 18 Hillsborough teachers recently returned from a cruise-and-learn on board the Carnival Inspiration, a first of its kind for the district's council of NBCT teachers. Between port visits, the teachers gathered in a floating library to discuss Eric Jensen's Teaching with the Brain in Mind. The teachers say this was no junket. They paid their own way. And, yes, they wanted to talk about classroom matters during their vacation. During two-hour study sessions, they also reviewed articles on the Mexican educational system and discussed lesson plans and strategies for the school year.
"We don't have any life," joked Sue Creekmore, a teacher at Clair Mel Elementary in Tampa.
Or, perhaps these teachers are extremely passionate about teaching. Creekmore said the group embraced an opportunity to seek professional development in a relaxed setting. "It seemed like such a great idea to build the camaraderie and the relationships," she said, adding: "to have different surroundings and still be able to indulge in this collegial exchange of ideas."
The cruise is part of the evolution of the Hillsborough National Board Certified Teachers Council, which began meeting over three years ago. The teachers typically have dinner on Monday nights. They invite educational speakers and try to hear from one political figure, too -- last year, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio spoke to the group.
As for another cruise? "Everybody seemed very very eager to go again," Creekmore said.