Peggy Coleman said the Aiken County School District's in-service day is an excellent opportunity for teachers to talk about education without the need of an interpreter for puzzled spouses and friends.
"It's one time in your life you can sit down and talk education and not feel like you're leaving somebody out of the conversation," said Ms. Coleman, an assistant principal at Redcliffe Elementary School. "This is a great way for you just to share ideas - to talk about what's working in your classroom and what's not working."
While Aiken County's pupils enjoyed a day off from school Friday, teachers met at Aiken High School, one of the county schools that held professional development activities for educators.
Technology workshops were offered at Aiken High featuring topics such as the ways interactive Smart Boards can enhance student learning.
In one of the workshops, Chelsea Aldrich talked about Clemson University's South Carolina Life Project, a resource for middle school teachers to use to educate their pupils about the state's natural history and other life sciences via virtual field trips and interactive compact discs.
"We really like to encourage involvement in science and research," Ms. Aldrich said. "We try to (educate pupils) at a young age so the students have an idea of what research or natural history or life science is like."
Ms. Coleman said the in-service day also gives teachers and administrators an opportunity to be updated about the latest developments in education.
"They give us information about the latest research and the newest laws and regulations," Ms. Coleman said. "This is really a time to get teachers updated and actually start preparing us for next year."
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