For those of you who do not know, I have just returned from a week-long conference in Austin. It was a series of lecture modules for teachers on various subjects, hosted by a relatively young but incredibly successful (so far) private school. Some of you may be thinking, “A week of meetings, away from your home? How terrible! I hope you at least got paid a big stipend!” Other than a small daily allowance to cover basic expenses, I did not get extra pay. I still got the better end of the deal, though: my fellow teachers and I were put up at the home of another teacher’s parents. Class was over at noon. The bedroom which I shared with one other person was as big as my house. We could sit on the spacious upstairs porch and admire a fabulous view of the lake and of the roofs of the other mansions in the neighborhood. One night we got to go on a boat ride on the lake. Another night we ate homemade manicotti on the porch while watching the sunset. Every night we would hike down to the neighborhood pool (unlike any pool I’ve ever seen) and float around in the cool water until it was time for bed. The only down side is that every afternoon we had to make sure we weren’t getting in the way of the young girl who came over to clean up after us.
So anyway. A couple of the sessions that I attended were duds, which was kind of disappointing. I attended a poorly-organized three-day lecture on worldview and a very impractical session on classroom management. One on philosophy and one on cultural leadership were good. What all of these classes did impress on me, though, is how little I know about the topics which are interesting to me. Just last week I blogged about my goal to be an expert in something. This seminar put some fire under me to get cracking on that goal.
I need to go back to college! I have a very hard time reading non-fiction and I really am pining away for the days when I was held accountable for difficult reading, had an expert to explain that reading to me, and a classroom of peers to discuss the topic with. Other than graduate school, how do post-college adults continue to expand their horizons?