I had the great fortune to attend a professional development workshop of my choosing yesterday. Two colleagues and I drove over an hour away to attend a high ability workshop on building creative thinking. It was a wonderful day filled with lots of laughter and lots of learning. I learned some creative ways to approach revision and narrative writing that I am excited to bring back to my classroom. I met some other educators from the northern part of my state who had great ideas and lots of energy. On a scale from 1-10, yesterday was definitely a 10.
One of the perks of a PD day is being able to go out for lunch like “real people,” as my colleagues and I are fond of saying. We had an entire hour! Woo hoo! We went to Another Broken Egg Cafe, which was new to me, and ate at a leisurely pace while enjoying our conversation. It is hard not to inhale your food when you are used to 20 minute lunches, but I forced myself to be mindful, slow down, and enjoy the moment. What a treat!
Today I return to my classroom, its routines, and a 20 minute lunch. However, I return refreshed and recharged. I can’t wait to tell my learners how much I missed them and to share my excitement about what I learned while I was away.