Today was the first of our last four math/science cadre meetings of the year. The math specialist is not excited about the prospect of the events so late in the year---it just doesn't seem to make sense. She's right in one way: we're not going to in-service these teachers on much of anything that they can apply in their classrooms tomorrow. I also know that many teachers out there are summer planners. They like the time to mull ideas and gain some enthusiasm for new things. Now is the perfect time to plant those seeds, albeit in tired minds.
I admit that when I woke up this morning and thought about these meetings, I wasn't feeling very enthralled with the prospect. My mind is tired, too. I then reminded myself that it is my job to arouse the curiosity of teachers...to stir their classroom passions and help them dream a bit. I have a role to play and I needed to do the very best with it that I could. And you know what? It was a wonderful day of learning with teachers. The best reward in all of it was a comment from one of them stating that "this was the best committee/cadre I've ever been a part of in 20+ years of teaching."
The school year isn't over. It's close...I can smell it from here. But between now and then I need to keep my head in the game and make a little magic for teachers.