Slice of Life 13: Off to Michigan

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I have been planning on attending the Michigan Reading Conference since  I left last year.  So, with only a few hours away, I’m psyched.  I enjoy learning and growing and gaining new insights.

But part of my excitement is that I get to be around colleagues ,who are friends, going with the same goal in mind:  learning.  I love being able to process my learning with a friend.  It makes the information even more  memorable.  I usually am able to process a plan of action when discussing  my new learning. 

Having another perspective is also important.  Often what I hear and what my colleagues hear may be different; we’re learning from a different angle.  It’s good. It’s good to think beyond my opinion.  This process of learning also helps me connect with my students.  It gives me a glimpse into there learning.

Leaving for the conference has brought some anxiety on as well.  I was checking with my three children about what they would be wearing for a special event this weekend and also if they knew what outfit they’d wear on Monday for school.  My daughter, a sixth grader, said, “Mom, stop worrying.  You’re worrying too much.” 

“I know,” I replied.  “I just want to make sure you are prepared.”  I’m thankful for cell phones as we’ll be in touch.  A mother’s work is never done.  A teacher’s work is never done.


7 Responses to Slice of Life 13: Off to Michigan

  1. Amy says:

    Spring conferences are great for providing that boost needed to be excited about teaching through the end of the year. Have fun and learn lots!

  2. nani says:

    I love the feeling of giddy anticipation! It’s the best part of being a teacher sometimes… taking a break from teaching to do your own learning.

  3. Kimberly says:

    How did we manage without cell phones? Enjoy your conference! Hopefully you will share some of the knowledge you gain this weekend in a future slice.

  4. And a dad’s work, too. I go through the same things when I head off to conferences.
    You captured that feeling of “did I do everything I needed to do and will my kids be all right” just right in your post.

  5. Ruth says:

    what a great slice — capturing the moments leading up to a coference. and you are so right — so much work is never “done!”

    have fun. i can’t wait to hear about all the cool stuff you learn!

  6. blkdrama says:

    And now you need to chill. If there’s a problem, they have YOUR cell phone number. Just keep it close to you, on vibrate.

  7. Kelly says:

    I was there today for the Pre-Conference and will be back on Monday to see Cathy Toll & Barry Lane!! I also love learning about how to be a better teacher. Enjoy.

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