A Day Out #SOL19

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.

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10 thoughts on “A Day Out #SOL19

  1. Aren’t grown up lunches the very best! PD we choose makes a world of difference. Glad you had a delightful day of learning. Your students will benefit from this is profound ways.

  2. You’re right–it’s a great day when you attend a PD session that truly resonates and gives you practical tools, and getting to eat a “grownup lunch” is a wonderful bonus! Glad you took the day to recharge, and shared your experience with us.

  3. You are so right! Part of the fun of PD is the lunch. It always feels like a real treat and an indulgence to have real lunch. I have changed some things about my eating schedule since December so that isn’t such a daily issue for me anymore – the lack of lunch isn’t problematic.

    I hope you learned a lot – or at least one thing. I always felt the time was well spent if I could get one actionable item out of the training. Sometimes that was just a connection to another teacher though too. Have a great day back with your students!


    • Thank you, Tammy. I agree with you. At least one actionable step is good. I took away more than one, so I feel really good about the time spent away from my classes.

  4. What an amazing experience and feeling when PDs end up being exactly what you wanted and expected! I’m sure your students are going to be very excited when you introduce all the new things you learned.

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