Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Day 174: Shoes

Day 174: Shoes, originally uploaded by susanvg.

It's that time of year, when schools close and people go off on vacations. These shoes have already done a fair amount of travelling, to Prince Edward Island, to Budapest, Croatia, Paris, London and more. This summer they are going to Newfoundland.

At a conference a few years ago I heard a speaker talk about a retired teacher who after a number of years away from the classroom still did supply teaching. When she had been assigned to a particularly difficult class, the principal decided to check on how she was handling things. He arrived at the class to see her lying on the desk. Her shoes were on a shelf above and the students all had their heads down as they listened to her story of where her shoes had taken her through life. She challenged them to imagine where their shoes would take them.

I 'm looking forward to more adventures in these shoes, and in any shoes that take their place. Where are your shoes going?


  1. I love this story of the retired teacher! These people are fantastic. Meanwhile, your shoes do not look as if they have been to all those places.

  2. What a great story shared by the conference speaker! You never know what will grab students' attention and thankfully, that is a worthwhile attempt! :)

  3. What a great challenge for students! Yours look nice and comfy - ready to go. Mine will be taking me next back to Florida, (I'm starting to feel like a commuter), for another attempt at watching Julie Payette and her crew launch to the International Space Station.

  4. This is one of my favorites among all your wonderful stories. Looks as though your shoes have seen their better days, but I have a feeling the best is yet to come! I'm going to share this story with my best friend, recently retired from teaching, who is now wandering the Globe.