#iareads: Adventure awaits . . .

The Iowa Reading Association Conference opened on Thursday, June 17th with a promise of showers and heat outdoors (100 degrees) and 500 readers and writers indoors.

And what a day!

Keynoters on Day 1 included Ellin Oliver-Keene, Matt Glover, and Denise Fleming. If there was a way to “ease” back into literacy learning, the passions of the speakers and the audience were aligned.

Pernille Ripp . . .

“Who am I as a human being? Who am I as a reader is a part of that.”

These were just a few of the questions posed by Pernille Ripp, author of Passionate Readers. Reading identity is more than just the reading survey at the beginning of the year and also takes dedication as some seventh graders do love to prove their professed “hate of reading”. But maybe if they “hate reading less”, a new milestone is set. Watch for more on “Reader Identity” from Pernille. Readers’ Rights are a big thing with Pernille. Making them a promise to your students is even more important . “What are the reading experiences guaranteed to every child?” is a question worthy of further study. If you are not familiar with her blog, it can be found here. And food for thought . . . aliteracy. How do we combat it if school board members and legislators are not readers? And what if the number is even greater after the pandemic?

Learning with Ellin Oliver-Keene

Ellin Oliver-Keene spoke first on engagement and then on literacy studios the second time. Over and over again, Ellin repeated the need for stories to be shared in order to arrive at the intrinsic level of engagement. The four pillars. You can read more on the Heinemann blog here and on Literacy Lenses after a #G2Great chat here. Her book, Engaging Children, is a MUST read!

What is it like to live an engaged life?

  • Engagement is intoxicating.
  • Our stories are different.
  • Accept, without judgment, where folks are.
  • Active listeners – nodding heads
  • Engagement starts with a story.
  • Add on to those stories as we go through the year.

And so much laughter with Ellin. Loved the story of the “Poppas”.

Continuing on . . . with Matt Glover

Matt Glover gets straight to the heart of his topic every time. It’s such a pleasure to read his work and listen to his passion. His first session included many ideas from his book and the fact that kindergarten students can be engaged in writing and making books on Day One if they have a sense of books. Day One! Podcasts here: genre choice, engagement, and a sample chapter here. A beautiful tribute in blog post format from Travis Crowder after a #G2Great chat here on Literacy Lenses as well.

Matt Glover’s second keynote had many ideas to consider about Conferring with Young Writers in terms of the tools teachers need and the instruction.

Include TEACHING in your conference

NOT reminder,

NOT telling,

NOT correcting.

Matt Glover, #iareads, June 17, 2021

YES to teaching! Conferences have the power to be the most effective teaching . . . but that only works if there is teaching in the conference.

Denise Fleming had two sessions as well. Laughter, cheers, and so much information about her books and her process were shared live and is also available on her website here. Puppets and a fabulous joke about moles!

Text Sets with Dr. Kelli Westmoreland


Access – 

Constant Learning – digital multimodal communication.

   2020 changes in education and learning

   Communication modalities/ need for books AND internet


    21st century skills

    Standards – ELA and Content

Choosing and building text set


   Internet – Pebble go  (next is 3-5)

Implementing text sets

https://iowacore.gov/sites/default/files/guidetocreatingtextsets.pdf       Iowa Core expanded defiinition of texts.

Kiddle – kids search engine . . . Do not search naked mole rats!

Out of time . . . Adventure Awaits on Day Two!

This was just a quick post to collect some of my ideas and resources in order to clear out some brain space for day 2 at #iareads. First up, Lucy Calkins at 7:15 am . . .

See you soon!

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