Morning My Friend,
It’s been a crazy July and as we come to the end I have a present coming to myself, as I often do. Yes, another computer. I remember how long it took you to even deal with the missing letters on your keyboard and I’ve lost track of the laptops I have loved and abandoned for the newest toy. So the newest Apple toy will arrive this afternoon and I will be lost.
So for now I am writing on my hardworking 13 inch, once state-of-the-art wonder.
July began with the my mom’s death, just before her 94th birthday. We raced from funeral, to Shivas, to packing, to plane, to Israel, to wedding and back home and with good fortune, there was still a lot of July left over to calm down and begin to feel the loss quietly. Slowly I moved back into my life. Without the pressure of summer teaching projects I could breathe with friends who knew exactly where I was in my life.
Slowly I found myself back in the world with everyone else. Last week I visited the HVWP’s annual Visitor’s Day without any responsibility, other than to just show up and take the SI 2012’s group photo. I stayed the whole day: the morning led by Tim from Santa Barbara, an afternoon with the new SI and then the annual barbecue at Tom’s. By 8:30 I was back with Tuvia finishing the packing for Maryland and Joseph’s Writing Project weekend. I wasn’t racing frantically this time. I was ready now to embrace work that I loved. For the first time I would be sharing my work from this year: showcasing the work of teachers with my video camera and great Apple software to share publicly.
Amtrak got me to Baltimore on time and Joseph was there to escort me to the B and B just outside of the city to work his small group of teacher leaders as they begin their work documenting their teaching. We began together after lunch on Thursday. I shared my Rebecca piece and we talked about the choices I made and we talked…a lot…and it was good.
Joseph, Pam, Shana, Corrie, and Michelle…. for the next few days we would be eating together, walking the grounds together, working together, getting frustrated together: BONDING at the Gramercy Mansion B and B
And I had a bathroom with a sculpture for the shower: Check this out:
What a perfect retreat!
Yes, Joseph was tired just off his summer institute and yes, we did hit up against some tech issues, but who says the road should be easy. We embrace the bumps in the road 🙂
Teachers are going public, bravely opening their classrooms to a new audience. Telling their own stories. Framing the argument. Adding something authentic to the assessments created by those on the outside.
First steps were made with our group. Everyone left with video to work on, tools to support the work and plans for meeting up again to keep the process moving.
I can’t wait to be back but next time NO AMTRAK! Joseph and Joyce did get me to the train with lots of time to spare but the train was delayed. After first it was just an hour. Tuvia was contacted.
But once I was on the train the delays continued. 3 hours of delays… I was supposed to be home by 4:30…. We didn’t hit Penn Station until 8:15.
Next time, I’m willing to drive! Right?
Now it’s time to shower and get my guitar ready for a lesson with Jon.