On several occasions last week, I was asked what I liked about our school. I am thankful I can answer that question without hesitation. Though there are many things I could choose from, perhaps what I love best is the learning environment. You might think that would be a given considering that I work in a school. However, I love that our school is a learning environment for both students and staff. Our Thursday afternoons are not spent with long meeting agendas, covering items that are purely informational which serve only to invoke snoring and frequent glancing at one’s wrist. Our Thursday afternoons are spent in true professional dialogue, reflection and learning.
Whatever the profession or one’s place in life, learning challenges us to be better individuals. Whether reading a book, conversing with others or attending conferences, learning is valuable. If we are open, learning expands our thinking, helps us adapt to change, enriches our relationships, enables us to contribute more fully to society and ultimately helps us find meaning in our lives.
As Henry Ford once said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”
What do I love about our school? I love that I am challenged and supported in my efforts to continue learning.