It was a Project Learning Tree weekend at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington. Saturday was an Early Childhood workshop, Sunday a pre K-8 workshop. 

If you believe everything you read in the press about the dismal state of teaching, you'd think that the passion has been removed from education. 

If you were in both (or even one) of the workshops I held this weekend, it would be honey to your heart to discover so much creativity and inspiration in a group of dedicated educators. 

No matter how many times I've done these workshops, I always come away with new ideas that had somehow escaped my notice. I am grateful to Ann Marie, Miryam, Maria, Carolyn, Anna, Judy, Rosemary and Laura for their dedication to their students,  and their good ideas during the weekend. And double-duty to Carolyn, Maria and Maryam for showing up both days.

Special thanks to Ann Marie, who helped with the Sunday workshop, after taking the Saturday workshop. I couldn't have done it without you!

I'll post pictures from the weekend's Eric Carle inspired art activity. Mine are conspicuously absent, for some pretty obvious reasons. I'm not much of an artist myself, so I prefer to highlight the work of these creative teachers. It always amazes me how real artists have a sense of where they are headed when they  start a design.



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