I’ve been leading the opening prompt focused on JOY: in the classroom, in our writing projects, in our lives…
We are now on the last of the trio and I’ve moved away from the leader role for a few minutes to write this post in the active silence of writing. In this very troubling and toxic environment for teachers, students and everyone connected to education, everyone, right, it’s good to be thinking and creating moments of joy memories.
It looks like everyone in this group of 25 wants to keep writing and I will be ready to capture as much of their products as I can on tape…
8 Hours Later:
A full, productive day and I can’t talk, I can’t think, and for an hour I back in my Best Western hotel room watching a bit of news and melting down in my own space but not for long.
Dinner in less than an hour with the group and their energy will fuel mine and we will end this wonderful event connected for the future.
We spent our time writing, sharing student work and looking at one piece by a student of Dorian’s. Ed led us through his protocol. We all wrote comments to the student and then…
Lunch. I raced back to the hotel for my battery charger. A new digital piece could be in the making. Lots of data to gather but only with a charge. Jenn came along to direct me. Honestly, this was once my campus but I it’s like I was never here. 1973- a long time ago :).
In and out of the hotel and back for the leftovers. More than enough for us.
We needed a bit of planning for the afternoon with our small team and we were off for the last exercise of the day: Where we go from here as a network?
Now here is where I lost total energy and fell asleep for a bit in the back on a chair. Some people saw me shut my eyes, but left me to my napping and when I woke up I knew I had missed the plan and I was out of it.
I joined a group, listened politely to an initial conversation, and then I consiously led a cool woman from a new site into a great conversation that had nothing directly to do with the group’s charge but the other half of the group took their assignment seriously and didn’t make us feel guilty.
All good! One last share. One group photo and I selected a casual, goofy one, more interesting than the more posed and formal version don’t you think?
Great DAY at SUNY Albany.
Beethoven tomorrow- dessert!