It’s fall and I’m almost ready to put away my shorts and sandals and transition into my jeans and long-sleeved shirts and head to my mall to freshen up my wardrobe. I am ready to move on, to enjoy the cool evenings, and the smell autumn and what better way to begin than a Monday in my space in the midst of the Jewish holidays that usher in the New Year and allow me to take stock of where I am now.
So I am transitioning. I am playing more guitar and enjoying the smile on my teacher’s face as he pushed me yesterday, for 1 1/2 hours. As I played my pieces, I often forgot he was sitting in my tall-backed leather chair listening and encouraging me to return to our flamenco group with some play dates in October, joining forces with a local Spanish dance group.
At the Hudson Valley Writing Project we are working as a leadership team, planning the work of the site for this year and my digital projects are filling up fast, with challenges of my choosing.
Finally, I am taking time during the week to study Hebrew before I get to my Monday night class and with Tuvia’s family around us now, I have lots of native speakers ready to respond when I jump in and start to talk. I’m not there yet.
And my trio(two Bonnie’s and a Julia) above, my one and only book club is back for breakfast and book updates and my Kindle/iPad is filling with books to be read. We have been together through relationships, loss, life and there’s more to come. We are founded in our passion for books and beyond that, our lives. Once a month, over good food we meet to share our life updates.
And I’m hoping that out of this current educational war of ideas, that good things rise from the ashes. I am reading everything I come across on Twitter and Facebook and I want to believe that a hard look at assessment will open the door for measures that will truly examine and encourage 21st century learning and get us beyond the teacher bashing. Am I being too optimistic? I did try watching Oprah yesterday as she welcomed Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee and the creators of the new movie, Waiting for Superman. Of course I didn’t see a classroom teacher or educator supporting public schools in the group. But I need to remain positive, after all the sun is shining and my passion for the classroom continues even if I’m not a resident of 310 anymore.
Anyway, time for breakfast and a transition into Tuesday.
Have a good one!