Today is the opening day of the Boothbay Literacy Retreat. My morning began with coffee and Linda Rief who walked us through writing exercises. My writing surprised me. It always does when Linda is the guide. She is so inviting that I cannot help but respond openly and honestly and sometimes surprisingly.
Breakfast was lovely with a couple of people who also were from Texas and the incredible Lester Laminack who makes me smile simply by sitting down next to me. Then, Kylene and Bob began talking about access and discussion and response and so much more. We are off talking on the patio or even in the wooded areas that surround the small conference center. Later, we will eat (again!) and then Penny Kittle talks and I talk about books and then we do some speed dating with the 7 faculty members.
To be sure, the day is long and packed and, ultimately exhausting. But it is a good tired, a I-feel-as-though-I-have-accomplished-muc
I needs PD as much as the next educator. While I love doing PD, I also love being on the receiving end of it. It renews me. My batteries are charging. The ideas are percolating. Not bad for an old lady.