What kind of teacher does one have to be to show up at a professional development meeting on a Saturday morning.
When it’s raining and cold.
And it’s one week before school lets out for the Winter Holidays?
And there is no “mandate” to attend nor is there extra pay. Just simple, free high quality PD. (Well, I certainly work my tail off to make it so.)
See, that’s the question I asked myself last Saturday. After working at Lynwood High all day — and just having a BOMBING DAY with the kids in class, wall-to-wall work and madness, I went straight to the airport from school, caught a flight – which was delayed due to bad weather – ate dinner by myself at an LAX airport (Spago’s it was not) and arrived at a Holiday Inn around 10:45 pm on Friday night looking to check in and shower. Then I was up again preparing to speak by 5:45 am.
But I was being paid and I could always have said no so there’s no complaining from me. I knew the terms before I ever accepted the invitation.
However, as I looked out at the teachers, literacy coaches and admins in the audience, I had to ask myself, “What kind of educator does one have to be to show up at a professional development meeting on a Saturday morning, when it’s raining and cold and it’s one week before school let’s out for the Winter Holidays and there is no “mandate” to attend… nor is there extra pay.
And just now the answer appeared for me.
The kind of teacher I want teaching my own kid.