Despite a technical glitch between my apple computer and the conference projector, my workshop attendees responded enthusiastically to my seminar about the development of normalization in the casa classroom. This topic is a personal favourite of mine and the 1 ½ hour flew by. I seemed like I was just beginning to scratch the surface of this complex issue and then my time was up. I was pleased that a number of participants generated dialogue during my presentation by asking questions and that many took the time to speak to me afterwards. There was strong interest in Volume 1 of my book and all of the copies that travelled west with me found new homes.
My hat goes off to the small group of dedicated Montessori leaders who took the initiative to organize a wonderful 2-day conference and who welcomed all of their guests with such warmth. The way in which our every need was considered turned what might have been a somewhat rushed and stressful trip into a lovely and surprisingly relaxing visit. Debbie Gillespie, Jane Turpie and the rest of the VIMA volunteers did a marvelous job and are to be commended for their commitment to enriching the professional development of Montessori educators in their region and beyond. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to be one of them. I now have memories of two lovely west coast schools, cherry blossoms, heavenly scented floral breezes, the beauty of the coast, and some new Montessori friends from my short, but sweet time in Victoria.