October 03, 2008
I hate driving off to take a class at night after a hard day of teaching, so I've taken courses through PBS TeacherLine. These classes are held entirely online, the cost is reasonable, and the time commitment is not overwhelming. You don't waste a moment driving, you can do the work at 3 AM if that's when you can do it, and you get to be part of a professional community which truly enhances your learning. Two caveats are that you need to be self-motivated, and you can't ignore the class for a week. You have to work several times each week, but you can do it in snippets of time from wherever you can use a computer. I even continued to take a class while on vacation by using the local library's Internet computers! They have rich offerings.