In addition to being a rockstar teacher, a not-so consistent blogger, wife, mom, sister, and daughter, I am also a Director with Pampered Chef. I only bring this up because I just got back from a leadership retreat. As with all new events I was apprehensive. But it was awesome. And I now wish that teachers had something available to them that was so informative, uplifting, fun, and revitalizing. There were about 25 of us in 5 suites. We took up one floor and had one suite one floor up.
We had two outside speakers, but most of the sessions were led from within the group. We had break out sessions. We had an assigned dinner dinner group. We had 2 small group sessions. We took turns cooking for the group. We each paid for the rooms, and a small portion of the food. We each had assigned items to bring (drink for the group, ingredient for a recipe, and a snack for the group).
We filled out forms ahead of time as to what we needed from the retreat. We had a scavenger hunt, a craft project, a guessing game about the other participants, gifts on our pillows, and a secret admirer. We had a expert panel from within the group, we had some therapy, and we had a lot of laughter. Enough that we need to be able to be as loud as we want!
Would you want to come to our teacher retreat (if we can figure out how to make it work)?