That’s my first reaction on coming home from this teaching conference I was at today. Wow.
My second is also, Wow.
My third is that the conversation needs to continue. Wednesday morning, 7:05am. I need a place close by. VBC, maybe except that they’re not open that early. VC in P? Maybe, I don’t know that they’re open that early. Saturday? We’re all too busy. Sunday? Busy again.
I want to write up this conference for my colleagues, and naturally — as ‘punishment’ almost for missing so much of the day — I have to drive to the movie in town tonight. Horror, naturally. Ugh. Maybe I’ll have a chance to write later tonight, or tomorrow, but one thing’s clear, I need to take the time to communcate what I’ve learned, because I’ve learned lots.
Hmm. Maybe my waffle iron and the school library. Ham suggested that food was a very important part of the process. I think he’s right.
I should make an effort to get started.
Today, Saturday, I went to the Pine Point School in S, CT. Forty-three teachers nominated by their thirty-five schools attended, including seven from Pine Point itself who acted as moderators, advisors, and intermediaries. The day opened with a brief introduction by the head of Pine Point, Dr. Paul Geise, and then a keynote address by Diana Smith of St. Anne’s-Bellfield School in Charlottesville, VA.
Ms. Smith spoke consisely on the subject of excellence in teaching, and the mastery of teaching. Viewing it as simultaneously an awe-inspiring and mysterious process, she also spoke about the science of teaching — that some parts of the work of being a teacher were quantifiable and repeatable. The goal of the conference was to determine just what could be taught and how to expand that body of knowledge.