I attended a regional meeting today. The structure was a bit different, round tables vs. one big square. It was supposed to promote conversation. The format was the same, sit and get, and little conversation. Perhaps that will change next time. I am not complaining, just appreciating the small steps towards a change.
What was great about the meeting was the post-meeting gathering. I stayed behind for a pre-planned meeting with a colleague, and a few others joined us. I am not sure I learned a whole lot new, but I got a whole lot of affirmation today.
I found out that we are in this together. We are all confused about the federal stimulus funding. We are all unsure if we are heading in the right direction. We are SURE that we love what we do and are pleased with the high level of quality instruction we see every day in our buildings.
So, what I wonder is how to maintain this momentum, this feeling that I am doing something correctly. The meeting ended at 1:30, and just a few hours later, I already am back to feeling swamped. I attended a department meeting this afternoon. Teachers, too, are nervous about what the future holds for our students. We all just seem to have a cloud over our heads; there is this elephant in the room, and it is causing us to spin our wheels in many ways.
What will be the tipping point? What will we have to do to feel better? To feel stronger about what the future brings? I keep doing my job as if things are the same, but I am wondering if I need to shift my thinking, or if I just need to hang on a little bit longer.