Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to lead a teacher training session that brought together experienced teachers seeking to refine their craft and students just beginning to take their first steps down the teaching path. As I watched the interaction between and among the groups, I couldn't help feeling inspired. The senior teachers shared from a place of authenticity, allowing their strengths to shine and honestly acknowledging their limitations and room for growth. The newer teachers eagerly embraced the challenging material, asking thought-provoking questions and experimenting without reservation.
As the session unfolded, I was reminded of my own enthusiasm as a new teacher - eager to learn, willing to take risks, and passionate about sharing the knowledge I was acquiring with students, peers, and friends. I recalled fondly the state of mind in which every class I took and everything I read seemed fresh fodder for deeper exploration.
Over the years I have been intentional about pursuing continuing education opportunities, but I have fallen out of the mindset that welcomes every interaction or new stimulus as an opportunity to learn and explore. When the session ended and I stepped out into the beautiful Spring day, I did so with a renewed commitment to learning, growing, and sharing.
Can you recapture the enthusiasm of your beginner's mind? Where can you learn and grow?