There is a saying that goes something like " you learn something new every day". Now this is something I aim to do, although the context in which I learn this 'something new' is varied.
I try to pick up at least one new French word or phrase each day, although I don't always find myself in the right situation to make use of it. Then I'm at the mercy of my fast fading memory!
Sometimes the 'something new' might be a new ICT process, like learning how to skype for the first time to keep in contact with Tim and Tom in Boulder, or perhaps a function in excel, as I do my data analysis for pupil progress.
I've been teaching for 32 years now, but am still an open to 'new' techniques and ways of doing things, even though some of these have been tried (and failed) before!
On Saturday I went for a stroll around Le Grand Pressigny and noticed a planter filled with plants I didn't recognise. Well, I thought it could have been ornamental rhubarb!
So when I met Chris and Sally at the brocante at Yzeures-sur-Creuse, I wasn't surprised to learn that they are ace negotiators (or should that be hagglers?). They bought a lovely little drinks table, just right for their terrace. I also learned that the ornamental rhubarb was in fact swiss chard!
Right, I'm off to look for today's learning experience ..........