Well, sorta… please note that my primary domain is now http://wboomsma.com… and it replaces this site. I will likely maintain this site at some level… but as of September 2016, it is not being maintained and updated so course information shown here may be out of date. Please visit the “new” site!
Category Archives: Classes and Courses
Followers may have received a “test” post this morning… sorry for that! We are in the process of migrating where and how my Brain Leaks site is hosted. Other than the test post, followers and subscribers should not receive anything unusual or notice any changes–at least in the short term. In the longer term, you will notice some improvements in appearance and navigation.
One of the reasons this became necessary is that I will be offering some classes this fall with Abbot Village Press as the provider–you’ll be able to register for those classes online!
This fun one-day program is designed to prepare people interested in serving as a substitute teacher or ed tech. There will be plenty of “hands on learning” that will include important classroom management techniques and teaching strategies. We’ll also cover some legal aspects and help you develop your own “sub pack” of resources and an action plan that will get you started on the right foot! If you’ve been subbing, this is a great opportunity for a “refresher” and some new ideas. Attendees will earn a certificate recognized by many local districts. One student comments, “…very engaging with a lot of real life scenarios. I came away with new information even after subbing for a year.” The program is taught by Walter Boomsma, an experienced substitute teacher and adult educator.
There are currently two opportunities to learn scheduled:
Saturday, August 27, 2016
RSU 19 Adult Education
Nokomis High School, Newport
Call 368-3290 or visit http://rsu19.maineadulted.org/
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative
Penquis Higher Education Center, Dover-Foxcroft
Call 564-6525 or visit http://pvaec.maineadulted.org/
Both courses are likely to fill up quickly… reserve your spot early!
Spring’s just started, but the learning opportunities continue!
I’ve conducted my newest course offering on Suicide Awareness and Prevention twice and the results have been rewarding and exciting! Not only have educational professionals attended, but students have included church employees, agency employees, and several who simply wanted the information for their own use—one attendee came all the way from Hermon!
My ego enjoys the ratings of the instructor and positive comments, but there are a couple of observations that are far more important. As a result of attending these two classes:
- 85% of participants either agreed or strongly agreed they feel more comfortable talking about suicide.
- 93% of participants either agreed or strongly agreed they feel more confident in their ability to recognize suicide warning signs and risk factors.
- 85% of participants feel better equipped to help someone who might seem suicidal.
Currently, there are two more classes scheduled:
- Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Penquis Higher Education Center in Dover Foxcroft, sponsored by PVAEC, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Call 564-6525 for information and to register.
- Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, sponsored by RSU 19 Adult Education, 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Call 368-3290 for information and to register.
As promised in the classes already taught, I’ve started a website page of resources for developing good mental health and preventing suicide.
April is a busy month with Real Estate Classes–both licensing and continuing education. You can find a complete calendar on my real estate blog.
Due to increasing requests for learning opportunities, RSU 19 Adult Education is adding a second wave of classes in late spring and this summer this year. By request, I’ll be developing and offering an overview course, The Why’s and Where’s of Blogging. The course is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 at Nokomis High school in Newport. We’ll also be offering the Substitute Teacher Course late in the summer.
The best way to avoid missing an opportunity is to sign up for the Learning Opportunities Newsletter. Since I know how annoying a flood of email can be, you’ll only hear from me about once a month at the most!
If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.