From Sunday through Wednesday this past week I attended a continuing education class in Indianapolis, Indiana with 13 other home inspectors, and 39 other students. A bunch of us from a website I frequent and post on, Your Leaking House, all decided to attend together. We have known each other for many years, but had never met. It was a great time, one of interaction and learning.
Depending on which association(s) home inspectors belong to, there are annual continuing education requirements. I typically earn between 35 and 40 hours a year, but that varies. This particular class earned us all 20 hours. It was an extensive class. We all gained a lot.
You should meet the group:
Each day started early. We packed our lunches and started out, cooler in tow. Excitedly unable to wait for the transportation provided, the students all formed a slug line, which could be seen coming…
Would you stop and pick this crew up?
You might notice that we ate the cooler at lunch.
Arriving at the class, we got right to work.
1 Blessed are all those who do hunger and thirst after learning, for they shall be filled. And filled. And filled. Come Valhalla!
2 Lean to the left! Lean to the right! Stand up, sit down, fight, fight... Aw, never mind guys. Just stay sitting down. Good job!
3 Focusing one’s laser mind on the subject at hand is stimulating, exhilarating, and will lead one to new heights of accomplishment. This student is more prone to learning than most.
4 New building products beg new building techniques. Here one student takes new materials and contemplates very hard on creating a special roof support and decking on which to test his new learning about thermoplastic olefin coverings.
5 Leaving work at home, every student determined to pay rapt attention to the topics at hand. It was ALL about the learning… nothing, absolutely NOTHING, was going to get between the student and the learning to be had.
6 A most important characteristic of learning is stick-to-it-ive-ness. Competitive students and perseverance can accomplish almost anything. But, as with all learning, some things stick … and some don’t.
7 The basics of pedagogy demand stretching one’s mind to new shapes and abilities. A mind truly stretched by a new idea can never again return to its former dimension. Not much beats the yawning gape of a cranium ready to be filled.
8 Going beyond the traditional square peg in a round hole, this student is contemplating the Triple Dog Dare You multiple round pegs in a single round hole. Steady … steady ... Let’s all wish him luck!
9 A convenient pen holder was provided. We merely took a pen whenever we wanted one and, fantastically, a new one was automatically dispensed. We called this patriotic pen dispenser “Pez.”
10 A student’s rapt attention to the teacher, the hanging on every word, and feasting on the written word, will never fail to inspire the mind, enrich the spirit and hone the body. Nothing is better for that than education. This student will climb to new heights, no doubt.
11 Teacher to student eye contact is essential in an inspiring class. Communication one to the other only improves as the class progresses on. Each is edified by the being to whom he stares. Attention is sharpened to a razor’s edge. Nothing makes dreams come true like education – teach and learn!
12 With the lunch room tables all full, convenient, flat and level plate holders were provided throughout the class room. Hungry students loaded their plates and made their way back for a wonderful lunch. It wasn’t long before all the available holders were taken too! This convenient plate holder had not yet returned from his near Zen transcendental experience during the previous class.
13 So, which were separated at birth? These two? 14 Or these two? Think carefully!
Many thanks to the home inspectors who put up with me and my silliness. They were all good sports, posing in ways unnatural and unbecoming! They are: 1 Carl Brown, Kansas City KS 2 Left to right - Marcel Cyr, Winslow ME, Charley Bottger, Oklahoma City OK and Jim McKee, Amherst OH 3 Art Schlangen, Indianapolis, IN 4 David Anderson, Clarksville TN 5 Barry Adair, Dallas, TX 6 Dale Duffy, Scottsdale, AZ 7 Scott Gilligan, Philadelphia PA 8 Chris Duphily, Dingmans Ferry PA 9 Dan Bowers, Kansas City KS 10 Jeff Moore, Mesa AZ 11 Jay Markanich, Bristow VA 12 Bill Warner, Dayton OH 13 Bill Warner and Barry Adair 14 Jay Markanich and Barry Adair
Actually, the classes were offered by the Firestone Corporation, and their Building Products University.
They have a fabulous program. This class discussed roofing and roofing materials. It was very well done.
The instructors were all experts in their fields. Their classes went off without a hitch. We learned.
Firestone was very gracious. They provided chauffeured transportation from and to the airport and hotel. They put us up in the local Marriott for three nights, fed us three very nice meals a day (entertaining us also with special dinners), and were extremely professional the entire visit.
We had a tour of their testing laboratories. They only do this twice a year in Indianapolis and for only 40 students at a time. They are a well-organized and oiled operation!
I am very happy to be able to say that I participated in this continuing education class. And I am grateful for the information that I was able to learn. And their excellent, 200+ page, class materials manual is a resource that I will be able to use for years to come.
Thank you, Firestone, for putting up with the crew from Your Leaking House! We had a wonderful time!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560