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TLC Teacher's Summer Retreat

August 2012

We were VERY excited this past August to host our annual TLC Teacher's Retreat in North East Harbor! The Sea Coast Mission has been hosting the Summer Teacher's Retreat for years and years now and over the last few years the retreat has morphed from a super-fun social event to a super-fun social event with a whole lot of hard work and planning time mixed in! 

We are SO grateful to the SeaCoast Mission for funding and supporting this annual retreat because it is such a great way for teachers to jump back into the school year and we get a lot of our inital planning done face-to-face which is SUCH a treat!

This year we were TRIPLE excited for our face-to-face retreat because we got to welcome THREE new teachers to our TLC family: Ashley from Frenchboro, Mary from Monhegan, and Pam from Matinicus! How lucky did we feel to have such fabulous new educators who were willing and ready to jump into our TLC project with both feet!?


The beginning of our retreat was spent getting to know eachother a little better and figuring out how we all like to work in a collaborative setting! The better we all work collaboratively the better our students will work collaboratively together... and that is what it is all about!


We did a activity called "Compass Points" to find out how different people like to work in a group setting and see what all of our teacher's strengths are!
We answered questions about what we need to feel safe and successful in our collaborative work! 
And we discussed our answers with the larger group!
From that activity we were able to set norms for our teacher group to make us feel like we can do our best work as a team! With norms like these how could we NOT be a successful group!?
We did some more ice breaking activities and also shared our TLC story with one another! Then it was time for some R&R!
We were lucky enough to have some TLC mascotts with us for our reatreat (The Cliff Island teachers brought along their super cute kids to remind us what we were doing all of this hard work for!)
We have a saying among our group to always "keep the baby in the middle," meaning to remember why we are doing all of this... for the kids!
One of the best parts of having our Teacher's Retreat sponsered by the Sea Coast Mission is that we get to stay aboard their big boat, The Sunbeam. And when you stay on the Sunbeam you ALWAYS eat well! Can you tell that Heidi from Cliff is excited about the food we get to eat!?
I mean, come on! Doesn't this look delicious!?
My mouth is watering all over again! We were some lucky teachers!

On day two we started off with some fun opening connections!
Paula from Isle au Haut was one of our fearless leaders for the day!
Back to work... we planned curriculum, mapped out teacher roles for the TLC, brainstormed book groups and field trips, scheduled meetings, and much more.
Sucessful Collaboration was our middle name!
Lots of team work going on here! The amazing thing about this group of educators is not only do they talk the talk of collaboration... but they also walk the walk!
Just call us a bunch of productive Pauls and Pollys!

Here they are... in all their glory! Your TLC teachers for the 2012-2013 school year! Not a shabby looking crew if I do say so myself!

This probably captures the true essence of this group!
These TLC students, schools, and communities are truly SO fortunate to have this fabulous group of educators working for them! It is going to be another great year for the TLC!

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