It was 1994 and I was enrolled in a credential program to become an elementary school teacher. My professor, Dr. Joann Adams, began every class with a read aloud of a children's book. During this chaotic time of college life, listening to a beloved classic or a newfound favorite was a calming and centering activity that allowed us to focus on the arduous work of becoming teachers. Looking back, I now know that Dr. Adams was purposeful in this practice, cultivating a love for literature that we would carry forward into our own classrooms.
How does playtime inspire creativity and innovation? These past three days, Cindy and I attended CUE Rockstar Admin Camp at SOKA University. This model of professional development incorporates time for play in almost every session. Not surprisingly, I had some of my best ideas this year that I am excited to incorporate into my life as an educator. But, the overarching theme for me is to make time for PLAY in my everyday life!
I wonder...is my vision 20/20? Can teachers articulate our vision? I'm thinking I should ask them...
My guess would be that teachers could give me our key words: Equip, Enrich, Empower. They might even go a step further to say that last year our vision was to "Equip, Enrich, Empower through personalized learning." Our focus was on expanding our 1:1 iPad program, refining our RtI model, and teaching Essential Standards to mastery for each student.