My trip to Texas was a success. After the keynote address in San Marcos, I flew to Houston for a staff development in a middle school of Alief ISD. I started my presentation as usual, but since this was set in a classroom and for a smaller group of educators, I was a bit more critical. I focused on becoming aware of personal biases as to not let them interfere with the service we provide to students.
I still was able to weave my humor into the presentation, but since it was later in the day, and the staff had sat through two other presentations, it took a little more energy to convey the message. Regardless, I was able to motivate them to do their best and to remember why they chose the profession of teaching. It’s the kids. I am grateful for the opportunity.