The weekend of January 17th and 18th, teachers from all over the country got together for a Suzuki Principles in Action course in Madison, WI. It was an experience that I, as one of the teachers who attended, will never forget.
SAW president, Kari Gunderson and I arrived on Friday night to check into the Courtyard Marriot Madison East and make sure everything was set up for the next day. We also got to meet our fantastic teacher trainer for the weekend, Beth Titterington. We checked out the room to make sure everything was set up to our specifications and then went to our rooms for an early bedtime.
The next morning, teachers from all over the country arrived to learn more about working as a Suzuki teacher. Over the next two days, we watched many videos of other teachers and discussed our own teaching ideas with each other. I always love getting inspiration from other teacher to improve my teaching and I'm so glad I did not miss this opportunity.
Outside of the all the learning, the weekend was also a great time for us to socialize with each other. We shared meals and had more conversation, often about things completely unrelated to teaching.
I know I can't speak for everyone who attended the SPA course, but I returned from the weekend energized, wanting to use all the new ideas I'd learned, and with a group of new friends that I look forward to seeing at Suzuki events in the future. Thank you to the Courtyard hotel, the SAA, my SAW colleagues, and our teacher trainer, Beth. I would highly recommend finding a SPA course to attend so you can reap the benefits of such an enlightening experience!