But I've thought about you the whole time!! :-) Really!
In each of these situations, there have countless parallels to learning. I promise to be sharing some of those in new posts in the upcoming months.
Just a few brief bits of news...
1. The teacher leader project is well underway. Although we ended up cancelling the launch day, we'll be holding a celebration day in the spring! Look for it. Thank you to all our group leaders and participants!
2. Many of you have asked for an answer key to the PARCC passages that were posted on our site here last year. The last thing I ever thought I'd be known for was testing. I don't have answer keys, and I will try my best to get that together, but there is a lot to be said for sitting down with colleagues and working out the answers together in a grade level meeting...as with any learning experience, you'll learn so much about the thinking your students need to go through by doing that, so try it out! It will definitely help you understand the work of PARCC.
3. I've also begun to tweet. You can follow me if you're interested at @tomlittogether. If not, there are plenty of other great people to follow who can teach you so much! I've learned a tremendous amount by following along.
So, we'll do lunch. I promise. There is so much power in learning, and lit...together!