I'm down to my last class before no summer teaching obligations and I am in need of a bit of downtime. Like all teachers, I love working with my students but we also need a little time to recharge our batteries and be students ourselves in some way. Some of us need a recess of our own and some of us need a study hall of our own. I fit in to the latter catagory. Summertime is my chance to catch up on my PhD work so I finish it before my oldest heads off to college (he's 11 now) and also my time to learn from other colleagues in Jewish education. To that effect, I am off on Sunday to Toronto for the Network on Research in Jewish Education conference to learn about the latest in the various fields of Jewish education. I am really looking forward to just learning from some of the brightest minds in Jewish education and I will gladly share with you what I learn when I return.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the 3rd annual community Tikkun L'eil Shavuot last Tuesday night too. It was a wonderful gathering of over 400 Jewish Pittsburghers with learners and teachers of all stripes, and it remains a wonderful communal event. Next year erev Shavuot falls on the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend which will present its own challenges, but I am sure it will still be another wonderful communal learning opportunity.