|Inspiration and Fun at the Botanical Gardens!|
|Mr. Idaho, Jamie Esler, checking out the unique|
rock formations outside of Scottsdale.
It is impossible to sit in a conference room, at a dinner table, or in a lounge chair (yes, it is 75 degrees here in Arizona), and not shake with excitement to take these ideas back home, or to get goosebumps listening to peoples' stories of how and why they have been impacted in their own educations; how they continue to impact others with their work. This is just the kind of dialogue and inspiration that all educators should have. Our work is hard enough as it is; we need to celebrate what we are all doing so well.
I don't know, yet, what my message will be. I don't have a strong sense of where these inspirations, connections, and visions might take me. I do know that I cannot waste this year, or any year, in which it is vitally important for all of us to stand up for the brilliant and undervalued work that we do. And hopefully I can bring a little bit of this magic back to my state; a little bit of this palpable enthusiasm back to my colleagues; and a whole lot of inspired rhetoric back to my communities.
|This structure looks a lot like the outdoor classrooms my|
students are in the process of designing and planning for