Slice of Life 14: A Rainy Saturday – No Problem!
By Janice Ewing
It’s a very rainy Saturday morning in the Philadelphia area. Not a problem. Everyone seems to be saying some version of “After all that snow, I don’t mind rain.” I’m right there with them. I can handle rain, especially when it that brings a hint of spring temperatures and new growth. Anyway, I have indoor plans today. I’m going to a local meeting of the Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA) at the home of one of the regional directors. She has lured us with the promise of brunch and collegial conversation. That’s a winning combination.
When I hear teachers talk about professional learning or development with sighs of resignation or cynical expressions, I feel sad, both for them and for our profession. On the one hand, I understand their negativity. Many have sat through countless presentations that didn’t pertain to them or their students, focused solely on testing logistics (sometimes directed at teachers who were not even administering that particular test), consisted of someone reading from a powerpoint, and on and on. On the other hand, I have had the pleasure of participating in much enriching and relevant professional learning, and hope that I have also made a contribution as a facilitator. So, when I hear the negative comments or see it in body language, I wonder if these teachers have never experienced the joy of true professional learning and collegial sharing. The kind that brings you out on a rainy Saturday morning. Bring on the coffee and the conversation.
* This “Slice of Life” post is part of a larger blog series, hosted by the blog site, Two Writing Teachers: A Meeting Place for a World of Reflective Writers.
Janice Ewing is an adjunct for Cabrini College and a co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing & Literature Project. Janice co-facilitates PAWLP’s “Continuity Days” and this blog. She is an avid reader and writer, and especially enjoys writing poems.