Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche encouraged us to blog about “Gratitude” this week. Read more links here.
My gratitude is for all those who attended (in person or at a distance) #NCTE16 and shared their reflections. Here are my favorite quotes from our conference days. (Note they are NOT numbered so that I can include those that are “sticking with me” without stressing over the ones that have to be left out!)
- “Courage is more exhilarating than fear–and in the long run it is easier.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt via Tom Newkirk
- “We do not teach for mastery. We teach for revolution.” – Cornelius Minor
- “Classrooms have to be spaces of light. That’s our revolution. What you do on Monday at 8:30 is gonna change the world.”— Ernest Morrell
- Successful readers revise their thinking, and there is a huge chasm between those kids and the kids who grab a thought and then just hold on to it. – Ellin Keene
- “You probably don’t know adults’ DRA, you don’t know what level book they are reading. You might not even know what their community values. We acknowledge their habits and behaviors.” – Matt Glover
- “Exploration, risk, and failure are essential components in a writer’s growth. Exploration and risk will not occur if everything is graded.” – Kelly Gallagher
- “When we give students multiple choice tests, you get multiple choice test thinkers for an essay world.” – Kelly Gallagher
- From Julieanne’s blog and some of the sessions we attended together!
And from sessions that I did not attend personally but could still learn from due to generous Twitter and blog authors:
- “End every day with JOY no matter how the rest of the day may have gone.” – Franki Sibberson
- “It’s not what I do that matters, it’s what I do in relation to what my students need that makes a difference.” – Chris Tovani
- “DO NOT USE THE TERM THOSE KIDS. Every kid that walks into the classroom needs an opportunity. They all need you.” – Sharon Draper
- “All of life is material for writing. I rewrite the past as I wish I’d done.” – Tim Federle
- “When you don’t know the language, you don’t realize how important it is to have language.” -Shana Frazin
- “If you don’t struggle in front of students, they think you have a writing gene they don’t.” – Kelly Boswell
- “When I’m not writing I notice a huge difference in my teaching. I need to be writing.” – Beth Moore
- “Help kids revalue themselves as readers by explicitly showing them the complex work they are already doing.” – Dorothy Barnhouse
- “The Just Right Book is the book that meets the head and the heart.”- Penny Kittle
- ““If I gave a child a topic, I would find out what they know about the topic, NOT what they know about INFORMATION writing.” – Mary Ehrenworth
- “We must not judge a child’s story by the chapter of his/her life that we walk into.” – Kristin Ziemke
- “We have an obligation to tell and share stories. And we must make all kids visible in our learning communities.” – Sara Ahmed
What were your favorite quotes? What continues to linger in your mind?
Thanks to all who tweeted and / or blogged about #NCTE16! Amazing Learning!