I had an all-day workshop on Saturday that I really enjoyed. It was a Geography workshop, which are far and few between, and that's why I was so excited to attend it (I traveled over 200 miles for it!) The day started off with a very subpar "keynote" address, which left much to be desired. Already I was getting frustrated- if my school spent the money for me to go, and I spent the time to travel to it- there's got to be better presenters than this. She was disinterested and did not engage any of the audience. However, the breakout sessions the rest of the day got my mind going in all different directions. It was like the workshop activated a part of my brain that had lay dormant for awhile, and all of the sudden the creative ideas leapt from my mind onto paper. It was pretty sweet. So I've created a philosophy of workshops (haha): to stimulate the creative part of the mind and build better projects and activities for my students, to learn new areas in history/social sciences and implement them, continue staying sharp. Notice I did NOT say coloring worksheets, which I have heard of teachers doing in workshops. So what are your expectations?