#DigiLitSunday: Mentors

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Mentors . . .

I’ve had a few . . .

Where do I begin

To tell the story

Of how mentors have been my guide?

Mentors . . .

Trusted

Experienced

Advisors or

Guides

Mentors . . .

Teachers. . .

Authors . . .

Speakers . . .

Bloggers . . .

Technology wizards . . .

Mentors . . .

All with a digital presence

via

Twitter

Facebook

Voxer

Blogs

Google docs

and

(gasp)

even old-fashioned

emails.

How do you connect with your mentors?

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Teacher Mentors

Allison

Julieanne

Jenny

 Mary Lee

Ryan

Sally

Sandy

Steve

Tara

Those lengthy conversations as we learned, laughed and studied together.  Asking questions, checking for understanding, and seeking new information . . . on our learning quests!

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Online Book Study Groups

What Readers Really Do:  Teaching the Process of Meaning Making by Dorothy Barnhouse and Vicki Vinton – It was a Twitter book study with Ryan, Allison, Julieanne, Sandy and many more included a grand finale with Vicki Vinton.

Good to Great Teaching:  Focusing on the Literacy Work that Matters by Dr. Mary Howard – This continues to be a weekly chat #G2Great on Thursday evenings at 8:30 EST.

Who’s Doing the Work?  How to Say Less So Readers Van Do More by Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris  – This book study involved a combination of GoogleDocs and weekly Voxer responses.

A Mindset for Learning:  Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth! by Christine Hertz and Kristi Mraz – Book study and Twitter Chat

The Journey is Everything:  Teaching Essays that Students Want to Write for People who Want to Read Them by Katherine Bomer – A book study that resulted in several “essay slices” that included GoogleDocs and a twitter chat.

The Book Love Foundation Podcast Summer Study Session with Penny Kittle – a Facebook group with video, readings, and responses each week.

Craft Moves:  Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts by Stacey Shubitz – This book study involved a combination of Facebook responses and conversations with authors of the mentor texts from Stacey’s book.

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Professional Development Facilitators who serve as mentors

  • Lester Laminack
  • Nell Duke
  • Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan
  • Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris
  • Vicki Vinton
  • Jennifer Serravallo
  • Melissa Stewart
  • Linda Hoyt
  • Seymour Simon
  • Dana Johansen and Sonja Cherry-Paul
  • Lucy Calkins
  • Chris Lehman
  • Kate Roberts
  • Maggie Roberts
  • Cornelius Minor
  • Colleen Cruz
  • Mary Ehrenworth
  • Kathleen Tolan
  • Amanda Hartman
  • Celina Larkey
  • Katie Clements
  • Shana Frazin
  • Katy Wischow
  • Brook Geller
  • Liz Dunford Franco
  • Brianna Parlitsis
  • Meghan Hargrave
  • Kristi Mraz
  • Marjorie Martinelli

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Bloggers

Many may be a part of the Two Writing Teachers “Slicer” group or this “DigiLitSunday group or just may be bloggers who I have learned from:

  • Vicki Vinton
  • Two Writing Teachers –  Current bloggers Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey (as well as Tara and Anna)
  • Mary, Amy and Jenn at Literacy Lenses
  • Julieanne
  • Dayna
  • Margaret
  • Mary Lee
  • Steve
  • Sally
  • Kathy
  • Erika
  • Leigh Anne
  • Ramona
  • Rose
  • Lynne
  • Linda
  • Elsie
  • Catherine
  • Shana and Katy
  • Clare and Tammy
  • Burkins and Yaris
  • Christina
  • Kari
  • Jennifer
  • Donna
  • Phyllis
  • Justin
  • Susie
  • Michelle

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Technology Mentors

  • Cornelius
  • Maggie
  • Kate
  • Chris
  • Katie and Kristin

Authors of Books about Mentor Texts

  • Ralph
  • Penny
  • Ruth
  • Kelly
  • Stacey
  • Rose
  • Lynne
  • Lisa

(If you need last names for those authors of books about mentor texts, you can check them out in this post!)

So I’m apologizing to those literacy mentors who I left out in error – one of the disadvantages of making lists – but the point of my post is that these mentors, many of whom are in MORE than one list are all people that I know in the digital world as well as the physical world.

Through Twitter, Voxer, #TCRWP, ILA and NCTE, my horizons have expanded exponentially.  Now my mentors come from many, many states across this country.  All delightful folks that I have had the priviledge of learning with and beside .  .  . Mentors and Friends!

How do we know the impact that your mentors have had?

These pictures reflect my most recent thinking with some of my mentors! Can you name them?

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13 responses

  1. Fran, I read your posts at the least every week. I learn so much from you. Thank you for constantly sharing what you know!

    1. Pam,
      You are welcome! Sometimes I am just writing for myself so I’m glad that you find them helpful!

  2. I feel honored to make you list! And your list/structure as a way to think about mentors inspires me to make my own list which YOU will be on, too! So much to learn and nudge as we strive to help the next generation come to be readers and writers for life!!

    1. Sally,
      Such an important goal …”as we strive to help the next generation come to be readers and writers for life!!” So many mentors in my life that have contributed to my own growth and so glad to acknowledge you! ❤

  3. I agree with Sally. It is always an honor and an inspiration to be with you on your learning journeys! This post is a perfect example of both. Thank you for putting your thoughts on the page. You are a joy to read.

    1. Julieanne,
      I learn so much from every post that you write because you always focus on your students. When I think of “student-centered” you and your classroom are at the top of the list. I admire your continued search for “MORE” for your students every day! You are welcome! Today’s post was fun – acknowledging all the learning I take in from you all – and yet nerve-wracking – was my list all-inclusive? Who did I forget?

      1. To take on this kind of a list is brave! So many add to who we are and what keeps us growing. Just seeing it all in one place is quite impressive. We’re lucky to have access to great thinking.

      2. Exactly . . . stunned, amazed and so happy to have such access to so much brilliant thinking including yours!

  4. Thanks for answering this question. What a long list! I love the quote and I love having you in my PLN. Thanks!

    1. So many mentors and I am so happy to count on your knowledge and love of poetry and student agency!!!

  5. Allison Jackson | Reply

    Oh my goodness, Fran! Thanks so much for including me on this list with so many great literacy gurus and thought leaders. I am honored.
    I’m so grateful for my digital mentors- would be so lost without them. And so grateful, too, to have met many in real life.
    Most of all, thanks for going on this learning journey with me.

    1. I count on your thinking every summer as well as whenever Vicki posts on her blog! It’s important to me to confirm and challenge my thinking. You always do that! ❤

  6. Fran, power to the mentors that influence our reading and writing lives!

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