I had to explain to my students yesterday why I would be out of the classroom for the rest of the week. I told them how I was flying to California to learn how to be a better teacher and to help others learn more about teaching. We talked about how grown ups still go to school.
As I was telling them what I'd be doing one boy said, "Yeah, I know, its called college."
As I put the final touches on my packing, I do feel a little like I am off to college. I haven't attended an NAEYC conference in many years and the one I did attend was local for me. Tomorrow, I am flying across the country to spend four days going to classes with people I do not know. And, I am also presenting.
While preparing for the workshop, I have had to challenge myself and analyze my teaching carefully. I know that spending time in the workshops will give both credibility to my philosophy as well as pose new provocations for me to reflect upon. As educators, it is our responsibility to continually review what it is we are doing and if we are doing the best we can for our students.
It would be fantastic to meet any of my blog readers, so come to my Friday session at 10am;
Become a Polar Explorer, feather a nest, and make it rain inside: Emergent Curriculum is not only possible in preschool, it's incredible!
I am excited to share what we have been doing here in our little red schoolhouse and to learn from so many other talented educators.