I haven't written much for the blog this year because I've been exceptionally busy. I travel and write regularly for Explore Georgia. I completed my second year into earning a BS in Environmental Science. I am an independent study project away from achieving my certification in Georgia's Advanced Training for Environmental Educators (ATEEG). Those three simple sentences don't do justice to the amount of work involved and the blog falls by the wayside. I use up all my writing and inspiration creating content for Explore Georgia. I just don't have anything left for myself.
I keep thinking once my ATEEG certification is complete, I'll have tons of fantastic environmental ed material I can post. I'm an idea person and there's a whirlwind in my mind. But, I'm uncomfortable releasing it until I'm certain that I'm producing respectable, high-quality material. Designed to elevate formal and non-formal environmental educators to a higher level of environmental awareness, the ATEEG course provides further instructional techniques, and teaches environmental program development and assessment. Participants attend three weekend workshops, pass an environmental science test, read & summarize an environmental book, improve an existing environmental lesson, attend 30 hours of specialized workshops, and complete an independent study project with the skills they learn from the class.
I attended the course with many intelligent, talented, inspiring educators from schools and nature centers across the state. It is a brilliant and challenging experience. Learning the ins and outs of program development & assessment, the various learning styles & instructional techniques, and the many requirements & guidelines instilled in me a great respect for these dedicated individuals that taught and attended the course.
For me, the certification is just another puzzle piece sitting on the table with a bunch of others. There's no image on the front of the box... there's no box. It's just me picking up random pieces that I find lying around, hoping that one day I'll be able to fit them all together, somehow.. some way. Sometimes, two pieces slide together in a way that gives me a glimpse of what could be coming.. But, really.. it's a mystery.. I don't know what the hell I'm doing. I never really have.
More from my site
- Sweetwater Creek, A river of rocks - October 19, 2016
- In Cook Den: Butterfly Garden with Boys - August 4, 2016
- In Cook Den: Let the sunshine in… - August 3, 2016
- In Cook Den: Eggplant Parmesan - August 3, 2016
- In Cook Den: Advanced Training for Environmental Educators - August 2, 2016
- Chattanooga Day Trips: The Adventure Begins - August 1, 2016
- Tour the Barrel Cabins of Unicoi State Park & Adventure Lodge - May 31, 2016
- Great Georgia State Parks Adventures for Kids to Parks Day - May 19, 2016
- Sweetwater in Springtime - April 18, 2016
- What if I am making the best of it…? - April 15, 2016