Okay, I will not belabor the song further. However, learning is on my mind today as I greet Day 2 of the Write to Learn Conference here in Missouri. I spent all day yesterday with 40 very smart educators. Not only did they respond to my jokes (thank you for that), they willingly and eagerly engaged in lots of table talk about books and reading and the like. But being together from 9 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon can be a bit much. These folks stayed focused and active all day, and I appreciated their thoughts and ideas and their enthusiasm.
And this is why I have not stepped away from conferences and workshops. Over the course of the time I am with these remarkable teachers I learn so very much. We shared stories, personal ones, about our successes with kids. We cheered one another. We encouraged more participation. We talked about how what we were doing might look like with various groups of kids. We recommended books to one another.
At the end of the day, people stayed behind to share more, to ask questions, to recommend books. Then, I had the chance to meet fellow presenters: Aimee Buckner, Lynne Doorman and Rose Cappelli. All in all, it was a day filled with laughter and learning. It is what rejuvenates me and keeps me going and going and going.