Sunday, January 14, 2018

lacrosse conference

Every year in the first weeks of January, LaCrosse hosts a Montessori conference. This was my 4th annual conference. We left right after school on Friday, drove to LaCrosse and spent the night in a lovely Hampton Inn.

We went dancing a little bit at a place called Popcorn. Several of our staff were there in attendance. Nate, Maggie, Sara, Mitch and myself were there on night one.

On Saturday morning, co-workers Abby and Michelle joined us and we arrived at UW LaCrosse and heard a wonderful keynote speaker who started an all inclusive private Montessori in Utah. They serve students with all developmental abilities. She told the story of a young girl who doctors said would never walk. Told the story of how the girl wasn't able to walk--YET. She eventually did walk after a lot of scaffolding.

Then I attended breakout sessions about being historians, introduction to the Montessori classroom and lastly one on developing visual sense to help focus and concentrate.

We then went to an escape room and tried to break out of a bank vault. It was fun, but we didn't quite make it out in an hour. Next, dinner at a place called the Root Note, darts at a couple of different bars and lastly to our hotel to swim and then sleep peacefully.

This morning we had a meeting to discuss our findings at breakout sessions, develop an action plan to implement at our school and lastly to drive home. The weather was warmer, but the snow just started falling beautifully.

Glad to be home safe and sound with my family!
yummy cafe miel from Root Note

delicious sweet potato crepe from the Root Note

working hard in our conference room

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