#SOL19: Fueling the Soul

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I returned to #NCTE19 in the same site as #NCTE14 to present as part of a different panel group.  Excited to rejoin face-to-face friends and colleagues. Exhilarated to learn with new friends and colleagues and just a bit exhausted from the prep and planning to take advantage of every single moment.  Celebrating friends. Celebrating peers. Celebrating communities. Celebrating learning. So ready to lean into my #OLW: Celebrate!

NCTE:  National Council of Teachers of English. So many folks from so many places. One night around the table, we represented Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Virginia, Virginia, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, California, Connecticut, and Michigan.  That was the night of the Slicer dinner.  Two new friends. Many face to face friends. Slicers all who intersect with #G2Great, #TCRWP, #CCIRA and our #NCTE presentation – the four of us together for the first time! Talking. Sharing. A laughing video of a grandson. Sharing of children’s artwork. Shared quotes. Food, drink, conversation, and fun. With just a touch of rain that did not dampen our spirits!

There is nothing like scintillating conversation, learning with peers, celebrating with authors, and after hours gatherings to fuel the soul . . . sparking a joyous celebration of friends, families, and ever increasing meet ups of social media friends.  As the world shrinks when we write and speak collaboratively on social platforms, our knowledge base grows exponentially.

As I continue to reflect on my travel and learning while I sift through my notes, I will add three outside sources here.

One of my favorites from NCTE is Kelly Gallagher’s Top Ten Things he heard at NCTE:

Melanie Meehan, co-author of Two Writing Teachers wrote about three sessions here.

Stop and Think Reading List and Resources here.

How do you collect and organize your learning? 

How are you refueling your professional soul?




Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this weekly forum. Check out the writers and readers here.

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11 responses

  1. What a great conference! Thanks for being a friend and mentor and fellow celebrator of grandsons!

    1. Margaret, learning beside you and sharing time at TWO dinners! Such joy and fun! ❤

  2. Thank you for being a friend and colleague. I’m always inspired and grateful for the experience of NCTE.

    1. Julieanne,
      You are welcome. And yes to the reciprocity of friendship and learning together. Love how we have grown in our years since that first presentation together! ❤

  3. Wonderful, Fran! So great to see you again. NCTE has something for everyone.

    1. Rose,
      Such a treat to spend some time with you at the Slicer dinner. NCTE brings so many great minds together! 🙂

  4. So sorry I missed the dinner! Loved spending time chatting and reflecting with you and others. Those conversations are always some of my favorites. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Absolutely loved connecting with you at dinner, in the hall, and during our presentation, Fran! You are such a positive force in our education world, and I am thrilled to have joined you.

  6. I’m thankful people like you are sharing with folks like me who couldn’t make it. It sounds like I missed a GREAT conference!

  7. NCTE is always such an exciting experience. Catching up with friends. Meeting new friends. Leraning…learning…learning. Great seeing you, Fran.

  8. My feed was on fire this weekend – wishing I was there. Thanks for the links Fran!

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