“This is a life event. This is a gift” : Last Day – NVWP Summer Institute – Day 16

Our time together has come to an end. Four weeks of transformative lessons, discussions, partnerships, conflicts, and writing. I can’t say enough about the Writing Project. It is the greatest professional development I have ever attended. Teachers teaching teachers. Becoming true scholars of the content we teach. Creating lesson plans and assignments that align with our hearts minds, not a scope-and-sequence template.

Summer institute reminded me that teaching is a glorious burden. A commitment to understanding children, adults, and everyone in between. That it is a path best walked with each other. We are the guardians of our profession. We are the final arbiters of what happens in education. Meaningful unity begins now.

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We begin our final day by walking a mindfulness labyrinth made of stones and sticks. Everyone writes a message of strength and clarity on a rock and adds it to the pile.

labyr sign

Afterwards, we write. Whatever we want to write.

We share out about what we wrote and thought. Here is a collection:
-“This has given me a time to listen to myself, to other teachers, to remember what it is that matters.” 
-“We’re looking at how things work in the classroom with people who are in the classroom.”
-“So much positive energy and kindness and humor and compassion in this room.”
-“Finding solidarity in other professionals”
-“Creating bonds with other teachers is one of the most meaningful experiences of this institute.”
-“This is a life event. This is a gift.”

“I don’t want this to end here.”

rock

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