It began on Monday with teaching a writing class for a group of 17 teachers from my district. This was my first time teaching such a class and I feel it went very well. I tried to balance sharing ideas about writing instruction with a healthy dose of writing time. (I'm a firm believer that teachers who write make the best teachers of writing.) All of it was well received and it was very exciting to watch the enthusiasm for writing grow throughout the day.
On Tuesday, I attended an EdCamp in Oconomowoc, WI. If you've never attended an EdCamp, I highly recommend it. (You can find on in your area on this website.)
While this EdCamp gave me lots of ideas to begin my year, the best part of my day was spending it going to and from Oconomowoc with my friend and fellow teacher, Heather. Heather is one of those people that I feel very blessed to know. In addition to being a wonderful friend, she pushes me and challenges me in ways that I don't even know I need. Knowing her is a celebration.
After a busy two days, there was nothing...No place I had to be, nothing that had to be done. I enjoyed the time just "being." I read a little, walked some, and spent a lot of time just sitting and being mindful of the beautiful summer days before they disappear. This was the view from my patio last night.
I am going to soak up as much of this as I can before the busyness of life and work creeps back in.
One last celebration -- a beautiful sunrise this morning.
Thank you, Ruth, for hosting this weekly celebration party. It is an important reminder to cherish the best in life!
Make it a great day!