This is the third time I have been invited to present at the Sanibel Symposium. It is a very special 2 1/2 day event where Florida administrators, faculty and technical staff get together and share ideas and best practices. I always love to go because I learn so much. The way I seem to learn best is to listen to a great idea and then begin to apply it to my teaching and work environment.
So I was happily learning new technology strategies to use with the students when I had to stop and say - ummm, but I'm not teaching any more. After I rolled that around in my head for a while, I took a new step for me. I just let the ideas percolate, and I began to reflect more and visualize wider possibilities and connect these thoughts outside my personal sphere of knowledge. I enjoyed this very much, and for a fleeting moment, I think I understood the concept of wisdom - but that was very fleeting :-)
The other amazing thing about this trip was that even though it was my third trip, it was the first time I had TIME after the symposium to look around and explore Sanibel and Captiva islands. I loved so many things about this amazing place...
1) swimming in the ocean at bath water temperature
2) finding interesting shells (but so strange - almost every one was "shelling" but often I was the only one in the water. I wanted to yell, "Excuse me, there is an ocean here." Oh well, different culture I guess.
3) Eating the freshest seafood ever. I'm still drooling over the shrimp and the fresh fish. I could give up chocolate for those tastes.
4) Being next to a Brown Pelican and just having him (or her - not sure about that) stare at me - like "What are you doing in the water? Don't take my fish!" I was so close so I could almost touch him.
5) Enjoying a beautiful sunset on Captive. It seemed like the whole town ambled quietly to the beach and watched the sunset quietly and patiently and then disbursed. It was magical!
So I really like this ability to think differently and travel differently. I think I'm going to like this - Anyway, I'm off to a great start!