As some of you know, I have been working on my Masters in Science Ed. degree for 1 year now, in hopes to complete the program by the end of this year. I posted my "Unofficial Transcript" to show you that so far...tah dah... I have straight A's! The course is through Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, but it is totally online, so I never have to physically go somewhere for class, other than to my laptop. This works well with my busy schedule as I am still very much engaged with my decorative painting business, Paint It! I also teach an afterschool science class, 2 afternoons each week, for 1 hour each class. Why am I taking these classes? Well, for a few reasons. One, I found I am just really interested in science and would like to explore this field more. Two, after teaching afterschool science classes for the past five years, I see a great need for more such programs in our schools, for all grade levels. I would like to design and implement an art/science afterschool program. I know I would not enjoy being in a traditional classroom all day, 7 days/week. I love the freedom of afterschool, with no tests or strict rules to follow. The kids who sign up for my classes are there because they want to be there and really have a love for science and a lot of curiosity.
At this point, I only have one toe in the science field and all the rest of me is firmly planted in the world of decorative finishings. There are still too many things I want to do with finishes and all the wonderful products that are constantly coming on the market to play with, to not do this full time.
Some of the courses I have taken are much more involved than others and consume every minute of any spare time I might think I have. I'm up early, usually 6 a.m. and go to bed late, typically 1:00 a.m. I spend anywhere from 10-20 hrs each week on homework assignments for these courses. The courses run for 8 weeks at a time, all year round, with no break. Two weeks ago I began a Physics course, and I'm thinking this is going to be one of the toughest courses so far. :-( It's definitely a good 15+ hrs/wk for homework.
I've been stressed because I know I am way behind on my posts here, but something just has to go for the moment and unfortunately trying to keep up with this blog each week is just one of the things that has to not be a priority right now. You don't want me to blow my A average, right?
I'm still photographing every job I've been doing and I know I have to finish up posting the Wakefield job I completed, so have lots to show you. I just can't promise I will be able to post weekly, so I hope you will understand when I miss a week or two or maybe three. There will be more posts coming, as I am working on some very fun projects!
Right now I have to get a grip on understanding things like V av =∆d/∆t!