Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Meet and Greet Time

Last night I hurried from the building I had facilitated in that day. It had been a full day of read alouds, All About books and comprehension talk. I had a full evening planned. But first I needed to make the stop at Haley Elementary. They were having their first "Meet and Greet" time and I was invited. I couldn't miss it. You never know what that group will come up with at any time. I wasn't disappointed. The teachers all piled into a first grade room that was ready for us with wonderful snacks. I saw Kindergarten teachers, first grade teachers, second grade teachers, third grade teachers, fourth grade and fifth grade. AND two principals! How awesome. They were all there to share and learn. How could they be disappointed? The air was full of comprehension lessons, writers notebooks ideas, new professional books as well as picture books. I even shared an All Write conference coming up soon. As I headed out to drive my 35 minutes home, I had a smile on my face. I was so proud of these teachers taking the risk to open themselves up to who knows what from their peers. But what I saw was a true school community: sharing and learning from each other. Isn't that what it is all about! Great job Haley Elementary. ALL of you are doing amazing things. I am so blessed to be part of you.