Much of last week was spent gearing up for the coming week, when S and I spend 4 days teaching MS/HS teachers about -ology. We did this last summer, too Last year, it was super stressful, because we had some interpersonal issues with one of the PIs, had no idea what inquiry learning was all about, and oh, yeah, it was my first time teaching. This year, we put some new ground rules in place (S takes the heat (which has been mild) and I stay out of the line of fire), revamped some of the activities, and know what to expect. And I've spent signficantly more time in front of a classroom. But not much in the past 6+ months.
Despite the changes, it has taken more time than I had hoped to prepare for the session and the next few days promise to be very busy. I'm looking forward to interacting with the students, seeing how the new activities go, and giving others a second run through. Hopefully I can get some dissertation work done in the evenings too, but even if not, at least I'm getting $900 for less than 2 weeks work, including prep. And since it's not like I can take vacation/sick leave (does any grad student get this?), I'm basically being paid double. Which is very nice given that I won't have a paycheck between Aug 1 and Nov 1. But of course this isn't about the money, or about the CV line, it's about the experience, and hopefully teaching teachers the material in such a way that they can be excited about it and share that excitement with their students. Then we all win.