I charged my phone and computer, put by notebook and pens in the bag, made my peanut butter and jelly sandwich, got my clothes ready, and went to bed early. I couldn’t wait to go to bed so that I could get up at the crack of dawn (on a Saturday), pick up my friends, and head to New York City for yet another Saturday reunion. I’ve probably been attending these free Saturday workshops provided by the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project for more than 25 years, and I felt as excited to be heading to New York today as I was when I was in my thirties and brand new to teaching.
Why am I still so eager to learn? So excited about teaching? So ready to spend my Saturday working? Why have I not become negative, tired, and pessimistic about the field of education as some of my colleagues have? I think it’s because I love to outgrow myself. Someone asked me recently what I thought the meaning of life was (Really? That’s quite a question!). When I thought about it, I decided that it is to be always learning, always trying to outgrow who you are and what you know, always hoping for something better.
The day was filled with new learning, new ideas, and new conversations. Thank you, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, for giving me just the opportunity I needed this month to learn and grow!