It has been kind of a rough week at school for various reasons, but we got a break from the regular routine today for a professional development workshop. Three "school improvement specialists" came to our school and we discussed how curriculum, instruction, environment, and culture relate to the mission and vision for the school. I will spare you the details but there was one thing that brightened me up after this rough week. During lunch one of the specialists complimented me on how well I communicate and how I seem to have a strong understanding of "best teaching practices". She said most teachers don't seem to start out with the knowledge that I already have. Then she asked how I learned so much about teaching. I told her about how EMU is a great school for teachers! As you can imagine, these were wonderful words of encouragement to hear!