Thursday, July 9, 2015

Teachers Unite - at the pool!

Today was an awesome day. In spite of the gross and muggy weather, teachers and students worked hard to make things happen at summer school. Walking around, I bore witness to meaningful lessons and productive interactions. It was great.

After school, I was fortunate to go to my pool. Swimming after summer school is such a treat. I can cool off and reflect on the day as I count my laps of play pool soccer with my kids.

Following today's swim, I made the decision to sit in the shade with some teacher friends of mine. While we have never worked together in a school, we share a great deal in common. Some of my group are retired. Some work in public schools and others independent. Even so, our similarities far outweigh any differences that may exist. All of us are committed to helping students learn and improve our craft.

In some ways, it is the best PD around - not just because of the Vitamin D or the water - but because of the discussion. It centers on positive change and humor. We talk about things that matter. We talk about how to capitalize on strengths and look for support with our weaknesses. There is no agenda. We let the discussion evolve.

At the pool, there is always a smell of chlorine and sun screen in the air. When my teacher/swimmer friends get together, what you smell is possibility.



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