This morning I feel like Jerome in Peter H. Reynolds’ picture book, The Word Collector. When Jerome had collected lots and lots of beautiful words, he chose to share his words with others. This morning I am full. Full of knowledge, Full of wisdom, Full of ideas. Full of inspiration. Full of words. I am bursting. I need to share these ideas and inspirations with the world around me. I want to throw open my windows, and instead of banging pots like the New Yorkers did during the pandemic, I want to yell out tips and quotes and bits of learning!
I spent this past Saturday on Zoom with the staff (and some incredible alumni) from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. I was among the close to 5,000 educators who had shown up from around the world to learn on a Saturday (For some it was the middle of the night, or the middle of the day, or even the day before or the day after due to time zones!). Here are some bits of inspiration that I want to share with all of you (some thoughts are paraphrased):
Live with humility, intimacy, and gratitude.
Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie:
Get in the water with your kids: Know your content, expect and get comfortable with trouble. Momentum without joy is a grind!!
Learn to listen. Learn to see. Find your voice.
Teachers need to be thoughtful, adaptive decision-makers.
You notice more when you know more.
We need a learning culture that values experimentation, curiosity, and solitude; time to sit and do our own thinking.
If you want to do something easy, do something else. (Advice from her dad.)
The path is often full of dark stones. When the dark stones (representing those that have failed at the task at hand) tell you that you can’t make it, plug your ears and keep climbing.
It’s up to us to unfold our own wings.
Lucy: I’m going to work to be kinder.
When Jason talked about gratitude, he said that he thanks people for showing up. I’m just so glad I did.