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#SOL19: Really?


I blew it! What was I thinking?

Twitter Chats are easy. A few questions. A few responses. Let’s talk. And then taking my turn on writing a summative blog post.  Predictable patterns.

Book clubs . . . What’s the format?  What’s the end goal?  What’s my role?  More questions than answers. And each club . . . renegotiating the roles and the expectations.

Check. Deadlines met.

Check. Responses entered.

Check. Make no waves. Agree with the participants

Check. Check. Check.

I was focused on the product and got lost in FEAR!

I was worried if it was good enough and was frozen in time!

I rushed to task completing and forgot it was about the thinking!

This was the format for my early book club participation and it has followed me around worse than the groundhog’s shadow ever since.  Book clubs were a place of similar thinking; thinking outside the box resulted in social ostracism.

I went underground as a reader as I have had a LOVE/HATE relationship with book clubs.  Some have been fun. Some have been tedious. All have provided learning. But what was that learning?

I love talking about books. Mary Howard and I talk about a tweet, a blog post, or a book on a regular basis.  Her reading is also voracious! At CCIRA, Regie Routman handed me a book, I thumbed through it, and I had to order it. Penny Kittle told me about a book and I forwarded the title also to my sister and a niece.  I hadn’t even left Maria Walther’s session and I was forwarding the book list. Reading and talking about books is fun!

And then last night I watched this video of Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher. You can watch it too if you are a member of the Summer Book Love Club 2019.  What do you notice?  What would you name as the key points of the video?

Link

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A photo clipped from the video

And because the link does NOT work if you are NOT a member, here are the TOP 10 REASONS you should join Summer Book Love 19 from the Nerdy Book Club here.

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Elementary Book Club Books July 2019

Here’s what Penny said about the FB Live session:

“From Concord, CA… I’m here with Kelly Gallagher, my co-author and friend, to talk about the importance of book clubs in his professional life.”

The importance of book clubs in his professional life.

The sheer joy.

The number of books he has read as a part of a book club.

The fact that he, a good reader, learns something from every book club meeting and that they celebrate the different ideas everyone brings to the book club.

Somewhere

Somehow

Sometime

I lost the sheer joy of talking about books in a book club.

The book club became about the process of my notes, my annotations or my writing about reading.

The book club became more about compliance than learning!

I became that “kid” who completed the work but maybe didn’t invest very much of myself.

It’s book club season. I will be in several this summer. I will be watching my own learning.  And just as I detailed the process for “Professional Learning” in the last 5 posts about Repeated Reading, so will I also monitor my own learning, processes and products.  I think it will be critical to be brutally honest with myself.

And I can do that personally with a process that is also set up for bigger systems work.

How will I find the gold and the JOY in book clubs?



What is the process for professional learning?

  1. Set a Goal – Participate productively in book clubs
  2. Selection of Content which includes Checking the Research – Talk about the books
  3. Design a Process for Professional Development/Learning – Check the schedule and allow plenty of time. Refusing to allow lack of time to be an excuse.
  4. Teaching / Learning Opportunities – Checking in. What do teachers need to learn?           How will they learn it?  How can we set some measurable targets? – Pay attention to my “joy” meter.  When does it stop being fun?
  5. Collaboration / Implementation  Reading and Participating
  6. Ongoing Data Collection including Listen to the Students – Consider my responses to students with actions similar to mine
  7. Program Evaluation – Going back to the teacher data: Has there been growth? How do we know? Plan ahead – what will I do if  when I get stuck?
  8. Collecting / Analyzing Student Data – Is the gap closing? Are students growing          more capable?  Are students more independent?  Balancing “habits” of reading, attitudes, processes and products
  9. (WHY would I use a different process?)


I will be a part of at least three book clubs this summer and as the summer wanes, I will let you know if I was successful and how and when I will be celebrating the continuous JOY in reading and talking about books!

What is your experience with book clubs? 

What motivates you to continue to learn and grow as a reader? 

What learning targets would you consider?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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#SOL19: What do you rate?


The plate looks gorgeous. Colorful. Artistically arranged. White space. Yet organized. How well did it match my expectations when I placed my order?

Do I dive in?

Confirming and correcting my prediction?

Do I admire?

Savoring the physical attributes before it is consumed?

Do I snap a quick picture and send it off?

I take a picture but don’t send it anywhere.

Dinner

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Prime rib, baked potato &                corn on the cob

 

I have a friend who often uses snapchat or messaging to share her dining cuisine. It’s not a typical go to for me. But sometimes, I think, “Wow. I should take a picture of that.” It’s not that I am thinking of an award for cooking but awards have been on my mind.

Do I fill out surveys about food and service at restaurants?  Sometimes.  How consistent are my ratings from each time to time? And is the criteria the same?  That goes to reliability and validity.  How critical are these ratings?  Are they contextual?

How does this apply to life?

Awards:  Who is included?  Who is excluded?

Who gets nominated for the CMA Entertainer of the Year?  There were 5 male candidates? Why only men?

Part of the criteria is crowd size in large venues, meaning tours, so if women are not out on the road for long tours . . .  criteria is not met.

Wow!  Criteria for audience rating the winner is . . . audiences putting their bottoms in seats at concerts. So different from having a captive audience where the buses deliver students to school.

What about books?

Books:  How do you rate them?

Informal rating? Formal rating?

In your head?  On Goodreads?  On Amazon with formal reviews?

How do you share your response to books?

Book Rating:  What works for you? A? B? C? 

A.

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B.

   MUST READ!

   REALLY, YOU MUST READ!

   DESPERATE, YOU MUST READ!!!

C.

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My Goodreads account consists of mostly books rated 5 with a few 4’s sprinkled in.  Does that mean that all books I read are automatically that good?  I’m sure that you will be disappointed but books that would be below a “4” or “5” star rating on Goodreads, just don’t get entered. Selective memory?  Or was it once a conscious choice to only include the top books.  But you wouldn’t know that unless you knew my methodology for reporting. A bit erratic!  A bit unplanned. My concession to compliance and using someone else’s rating system.

Daily life decisions: Using skills and strategies steeped in literacy. Determining importance. Predicting. Confirming predictions. Re-predicting. Aligning expectations with the “real” thing. Comparing and contrasting. Developing criteria. Communicating.

How do your students rate their books? 

How do your students share their response to books?

What do they prefer?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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Added:

And yes, the vegetarians in my family would rate the meal pictured above as a -10. The devout pork producers might rate it a 0. The poultry eaters might rate it a -5.  And then you all who hate any medium rare meat might not have gotten past the “shudders”!

It all depends on perspective . . .

and your own definition of a quality meal!

#SOL19: Day 2 SOLSC


I took a leap of faith in December.  I planned to attend PD in Maine, a state I had never been to, in December.

Foolish?

Courageous?

Star- Struck? After all, it was a day spent with Penny Kittle and Linda Rief. A day with a title of Read, Write, Teach. Yah! (Link)

But one of the best parts of the trip was the time spent with Paula Bourque, sketchnoter extraordinaire, and our conversations about “Low Stakes Writing” to pump up writing volume.

Writing Volume: 

Is it ever possible to write enough? 

Is it possible to write too much?

And I was a bit of a skeptic.

NOPE!

 I was a HUGE skeptic!

I hate assigned topic writing!

“You want me to write what?”

I would be that student.

I would not cause a fuss.

But I would disappear into the restroom.

Check out the books for sale.

OR stick my nose in a book.

Quietly!

But after our conversations, I read the book.  I couldn’t wait to try out a couple of the QuickWrites because these are not “assign one every day” type prompts.

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This post is based on Paula Bourque’s new book that you can preview with this link: Spark! Quick Writes to Kindle the Hearts and Minds in Elementary Classrooms and Paula’s Day 1 slice here.

“This quick write Spark! is a sentence stem from Chapter 8 Teacher Quick Writes (p.155) I sometimes share a Google doc with teachers with stems like this one for them to share their ideas. These collaborative quick writes are a fun way to build a writing community.”  (Paula Bourque, March 1 Slice of Life)

You know you are a nerdy teacher if

You talk literacy, reading and writing, at family events.

You share books and/or literacy materials as gifts.

Your calendar lists the publication date with titles of new books.

You calendar time to read or write.

You plan your use of “miles” or “points” for conferences.

You plan your vacations around literacy conferences.

You have a second job or two to fund your need to have books and writing tools.

You can name the opening lines of at least 10 books without a breath of air.

You recommend books, articles or “must read blogs” at least once a day.

You have semi-voiced conversations with authors as in “Really? That was the best you could do?”  or “Wait a second. When did you tie that in?”

You can break any box down to recyclable state in less than one minute.

You donate cardboard to Maker Space groups.

You know the names of more than one UPS driver due to book deliveries.

Process: This was a 10 minute timed write (Nerdy Teacher statements – not the intro to the post).  

What can you ‘Quick Write” in 10 minutes? 

When do YOU work on writing volume? 

(Psst:  Are you a Nerdy Teacher?)




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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#ILAchat: Independent Reading


The definition for Independent Reading from ILA

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What does that mean?

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How well does your independent reading align with the definition?

What have you changed or tweaked? 

How has that impacted student reading, especially student joy and passion for reading?

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How can you capitalize on the “Power and the Promise of Independent Reading”?

Please join the chat to share your ideas!

#CCIRA19: Friday Sessions


If you have been following along, you may have already read about

Thursday here (Danny Brassell, Debbie Miller, Kate Roberts, Donalyn Miller, Kelly Williams, and Patty McGee)

Friday keynote with Regie Routman here

Saturday finale with Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle here

But I would be greatly remiss if I did not return to recap learning from Friday’s sessions and acknowledge that it was a Corwin Press day!

Session 1:  Dave Stuart Jr.

These 6 Things: Focusing Our Teaching on What Matters Most

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Presentation Key Ideas . . .

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One of many strategies referenced and available on Dave’s web site (see link in caption) .

This presentation and book really does enable you as a teacher to think about and consider where you need to focus your energy as you read wisdom from a high school teacher.

How can you do a better job teaching a shorter list of skills and still keep instruction motivating and engaging?


Lunch with Gerry Brooks

Creating a Positive Attitude About the School Year

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link


Session Two: Maria Walther

Fifty Nifty Picture Books to Inspire Young Writers

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Maria’s actual presentation about this book (her newest) was at a different time of the day but many of the texts were included in this book.  We saw 50 mentor texts that were used in a first grade classroom to teach standards, qualities of good writing, and provide exemplar texts for imitation!

Maria reminded us to pay attention to all the pages in a book.  One example was the end pages from Ralph Tells A Story. What did the author do specifically on the beginning end pages vs. the closing end pages?

Another very useful tip was the writing paper that Maria shared.  Each month the editing focus varies but a brief checklist is included on each page.  Here is one example with additional ideas available at mariawalther.com. Learning with and from a first grade teacher.

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How and when might you consider adding an editing checklist to your writing paper?

Who needs this?

And what books/mentor texts are interesting and engaging your students?

 


Session Three:  Leslie Blauman

Keeping it Real- Real Writing about Real Reading-NONFICTION

I knew Leslie as the author of these two books.

Her newest books are delightful especially with the online components. This was the basis for today’s presentation that included work from her fourth grade classroom.

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As a teacher, Leslie is concerned about joy, choice and ownership of student writing.  She encourages her fourth grade students to leave “Tracks in the Snow” as a metaphor for not having to write complete sentences all the time.  Such a smart idea for this time of year!

To Inspire Critical Thinking these questions were our session guide:

  • What is your goal?
  • Who is NF important to?  Who is the NF for?
  • Would you want your kids to be doing your assigned tasks in your classroom?
  • If no, WHY are you doing that?
  • How do you teach it?
  • How often do you practice?
  • Why would you write about something you are not interested in?

However, one of my favorite learnings was about this site:   https://www.allaboutexplorers.com/  Check out an explorer or two.  What fun for students!  What a great way to teach “fact-checking!

How can evidence-based nonfiction writing be fun, engaging, and something that students choose to do? 

Did you detect any common themes in these sessions?

#CCIRA19: Are you a reader and writer?


#CCIRA19 Day 1 Theme:

Are you a reader and writer?

If yes, you won’t necessarily have ALL the answers but you will be on your way.

If no, you may end up down rabbit holes, sucked into less productive work, and may feel like you are spinning your wheels! It may be more difficult to help readers and writers set goals leading to ultimate independence and transfer of learning.

What a great learning day that began before sunrise and ended well after sunset for many Denver folks who had no school today due to the weather! (a common problem in many locations across this wintry country)

Why attend CCIRA? Super Positives about CCIRA include:  sessions you can choose in advance, the time between sessions to network and the folks you meet along the way!  Friendly, courteous, and helpful folks EVERYWHERE!  What great learning combinations!

Teachers must be knowledgeable practitioners.  The more they know, the more learning they may crave in what ends up being a true life circle story.

To begin with the beginning . . .

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Laughter and fun filled the hall  as Danny shared stories to illustrate his points. We chanted, sang and added actions to our singing! “Teachers are valued!”  Teachers need all the tricks at their disposal to teach all students to read. To read confidently. To read joyfully.  To read at school and at home.

First session:  Debbie Miller

Are Our Workshops More Important Than the Children in Them?

The session began with a read aloud and participant discussion.  Again, what fun and a chance to get to know your neighbors.  I was fortunate to be sitting by Kristin Ziemke and had a great time sharing some personal views on the need to consider some outdated practices that just need to end.

Debbie shared some planning structures from her new book that also emphasize P. David Pearson’s belief that the Gradual Release of Responsibility does NOT require a straight linear progression. We’ve heard that from Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey.  It’s not a surprise, and yet some folks hang onto the predictable nature of that structure sequence that moves from mini-lesson to work time with individual conferring and ends with a share.  The “Lift Off” was shown in this previous #ILA18 post before her book was available as an example of a discovery or inquiry session. (Of course, not an every day session!)

I’m fascinated by this planning guide that Debbie shared that was used with a Chris Van Allsburg author study.  The Focus? Student-Centered Planning.  Planning that begins with the students. Beginning with the end in mind!  YES! More joy.  More knowledge needed by teachers in order to think about how best to organize these sequences for Teaching and Learning that sticks for students and allows students to grow confidently toward independent reading, writing and responding.
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Fun, joy, learning, reading, writing, and teacher knowledge.

Second Session:  Kate Roberts

A Novel Approach

The need for this book / session stemmed from a paradox.

“A paradox.

Students need individualized instruction.

Students need strategies & experience dealing with complex text they did not choose.”

Whole Class Novels are Good

  • They build community.
  • They push kids to work hard.
  • They introduce commonly read texts.

Independent Reading is Good

  • It builds choice, engagement, and volume.
  • It encourages independence.
  • It creates opportunities for growth.

What do your students need?  Is it one or the other or is it a combination of the best of both?  Use your data (common sense data that can serve as pre, mid, and post test) to determine how to best meet the needs of your students.  How do you help them all continue to grow as literate individuals?

Kate proposed a great “boxes and bullets” argument for a combination that includes:  Whole-class novel, book clubs, independent reading and a final project to integrate writing.  What a win/win for knowledgeable thinking teachers! And what a way to build toward student independence if purposefully teaching skills in whole-class novels that students continue to apply with less teacher guidance in book clubs and independent reading – providing additional practice in a planful long term gradual release that builds to student independence and transfer across their reading lives.

(Sample Chapter and Bookmarks that go with A Novel Approach)

Lunch with Donalyn Miller 

How to grow readers and writers?  Be readers and writers . . . The examples from students and her grandchildren illustrated the difference among readers.  We need to HEAR our students and be responsive!

 

Session 3:  Kelly Williams

It’s Showtime! The Why and How of Exhibiting Student Work

Basic premises included:

What an hour!  The Hierarchy of Audience makes so much sense. A narrow focus on working for a teacher as a sole audience is at the bottom of this triangle and rightly so. Motivation and Engagement increase with real purpose and audience.This work connected strongly to Julie Wright and Barry Hoonan’s discussion of student curation in What Are You Grouping For? We drafted 6 Word Stories, created representations, and curated them in small groups within 20 minutes.  What a hands-on experience that created additional conversation in the convention halls as folks viewed our work with markers, paper, cardboard, yarn and clothespins. Simple tools with a focus on learning!

Session 4:  Patty McGee

Feedback that Moves Writers Forward

One of my thought partners for this session was Leslie Blauman who you will be hearing more about after tomorrow’s sessions.  Setting learning intentions right at the start of the session allowed me to actually focus on my own learning goal (and less on the fact that I had been awake since 4 am due to the old “too excited to sleep”)!

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Patty layered in this research to allow us to consider the implications.

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“…no statistical difference between the group given written feedback and no feedback.” (Think about that and your own writing history!)

Definitely a quote worth revisiting. I love the concept of feedback with a “mentory” feeling as evidenced by my deliberate repetition in this tweet.

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“MENTORY”:  “in this together, side by side, not doing the work for students, providing a possible strategy so students become better writers. Mentoring – finding that sweet spot of feedback that is meaningful and helps kids grow; not mean. With a goal of  long term growth, joyful writers (teachers and students) lift the rock and see the critters underneath.”

One huge take away:  Removing the “but” from feedback and replacing it with “because”

Because you have written a lot,  

You are ready for some structure… One strategy . . .”

Feedback is complicated.  It involves knowing end goals, keeping the research above in mind and building a “mentory” role in conferencing with a long term goal of student independence and transfer of the skills and strategies of writing!

What a day! And tomorrow is equally packed! 

Closing Thoughts on Thursday sessions:

I value reading (I’ve read these books.)

I value hearing the oral WHY from the author! 

I value the opportunity to revisit the learning in order to grow my knowledge and my thinking! 

I value the opportunity to build connections between what I think I heard and what I think I know! 

What do YOU value?

#CCIRA19 . . . a great place to learn!

#SOL19: Unexpected


Forecasts warned

Weather maps with new colors

Falling temps

Records anticipated.

Piles of snow

Rhythmic slapping of tree branches

Blowing snow – sometimes hazy, sometimes white outs

And cold.

Can’t catch your breath cold.

Hurts when you breathe cold.

No tracks in the snow cold.

Pristine snow.

The Weather Channel says:

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Unexpected?

Yes

Unprepared?

No

The ticker tape at the bottom of the TV screen lists the school closings. Plans to keep all safe.  Time to tackle that TBR or TBW list. Check for extra supplies.

Check on a neighbor. And a neighbor’s pets.

What plans do you make, in times of weather uncertainty, for you and your household? 

How do you prepare for the “Unexpected” in your life?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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#NCTE18: Decisions


Research-Based Decisions

I wrote about Reading Research here and Dr. Mary Howard capped our #G2Great chat with this post on 11.03.18.  As I reviewed the #NCTE18 program in the weeks before the conference, I thought about my “research filter” and the sessions available.  I also thought about previous conferences and this post. What factors would drive my decisions about sessions to attend?

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Before I even arrived in Houston, I had perused the app and added many of my favorites to my list. At first glance about half of our crowd-sourced experts would be present.

“Richard Allington; Donald Graves; Don Murray; Peter Johnston; Marie Clay; John Hattie; P David Pearson; Lucy Calkins; Tom Newkirk; Taffy Rafael; Nell Duke; Ken and Yetta Goodman; Louise Rosenblatt; Kylene Beers; Bob Probst; Carol Lyons; Ellin Keene; Donalyn Miller; Kathy Collins; Fountas and Pinnell; Stephen Krashen; Stephanie Harvey; Regie Routman; Debbie Miller; Jennifer Serravallo; Gravity Goldberg; Kate Roberts; Maggie Roberts; Ralph Fletcher; Nancie Atwell; Penny Kittle; Kelly Gallagher; Kara Pranikoff; Dave Stuart Jr.; Cornelius Minor; Katie Wood Ray; Anne Goudvis; Georgia Heard; Jan Burkins; Kim Yaris; Susan Zimmerman “ (Literacy Lenses 11.03.18)

And I added others:

Tom Marshall, Kari Yates, Christina Nosek, Clare Landrigan, Tammy Mulligan, Lester Laminack, Colleen Cruz, Justin Dolcimascolo, Jess Lifshitz, Jeff Anderson, Smokey Daniels, Sara Ahmed, Carl Anderson, Ruth Ayres, Stacey Shubitz, Katherine Bomer, Donna Santaman, Dorothy Barnhouse #BowTieBoys, #TeachWrite, Lynne Dorfman and Rose Capelli. (Representational list and not meant to exclude anyone.)  And then there were teachers, authors, poets, “Slicers” and friends as presenters.

What was the reality?

With luck, I would be able to choose about 15 sessions.

15

The names above represented about 65 sessions.

I had four time slots with five possible sessions to attend.  Without Hermione Granger’s “time-turner” that was not going to happen.  So how was I going to make decisions? What would I use as my filters?

Research-Based Decision-Making Filter

Why was I interested in research?  I wanted the best quality experience that #NCTE18 had! Research, classroom-based and empirical has always fascinated me. I’m pretty picky about my educational research. I believe in being an “informed educator” as espoused by Nell Duke and Nicole Martin’s 10 Things Every Literacy Educator Should Know about Research.  The work presented at #NCTE18 would be research-based.  Much would not be research-tested. It is easy to get lost in the misrepresentation and misuse of research. Of course, there are limitations.  But one only has to read this gorgeous new text by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp to connect with the research about the need for book access for all! And just like a book and movie pairing – I want to read the book before hearing Colby and Donalyn talk any more about it – so one decision made!

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I was pretty sure that sessions at #NCTE18 would not be guilty of these misleading uses of research that Mary Howard listed in her blog post.

“Citing research to sell products

Citing research to justify practices

Citing questionable research to support an agenda

Citing flawed and outdated research”

But I do want to remind you that some national conferences have sessions that seem to be at cross-purposes with the beliefs and values listed for the conference! Careful reading of program descriptors and sponsors is always a good idea.

How would I use research as a filter?

One of my criteria for session selection was NEW and recent work, perhaps something that has become an addendum or just a continuing evolution since the last book was published or their July #ILA18 presentation. That was the purpose behind my attendance at both Responsive Teaching:  The Courage to Follow the Lead of the Reader and Capacity – Based Writing: Instruction Empowers Students –  Deconstructing the Struggling Writer Label while Championing Inclusive Practices.  I knew some individual pieces of their work and wanted to see how the “presentation package” brought in the research, the work with students, and increased my knowledge.

What other criteria did I use?

Who have I not seen lately? So after spending an entire day with Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher and 350+ best friends in Iowa in October,  300 minutes . . . Was I going to try to catch them as a part of a 75 minute panel? . . .

Ellin Keene was with Debbie Miller in July at #ILA18, so I heard about her new book there after reading it.

Have I already registered to see them at CCIRA in Denver in February? There are another 10 slots or so where I will see presenters alone . . . no panels, no roundtables, just the speaker and a room full of learners. And with preregistration everyone should have a seat.

Where are there gaps in my knowledge base? This question led me to sessions about equity, mentor texts, and literacy mentors on Friday. And then there was the second session about the 4th edition of the Handbook of Research on Teaching of the English Language Arts.

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Am I under-utilizing available resources? Of course that led to the featured student panel, the ubiquitous #BowTieBoys that I heard three times at #NCTE17, and #TeachWrite friends.

Will I be able to make it to the room in time to actually be in the room for the program? We tried five different sessions on Thursday and ALL were overcrowded and packed with “bouncers” on the door to keep additional attendees out. Many times the lack of seating in the room was a decision point as well.  Sometimes I deliberately chose a session that I believed would have fewer attendees.

#NCTE18 often had over 60 sessions per time slot.  That means there were many choices.  Some might even argue that there were too many choices.  However, 7,000 + attendees had to be somewhere so “choice” of sessions is crucial.  I believe that filters to sort out expertise and research wer helpful for me when I had to make final decisions about the sessions where I would learn the most. And the sessions that I was curious about. And the sessions that challenge me to stretch and grow!

 How do you make decisions about competing sessions?   

What criteria do you use? 

What criteria will you consider at your next conference?

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#NCTE18 Posts

#SOL18: Literacy Superbowl

#NCTE18 Bound: #G2Great

#NCTE18 Thursday

#NCTE18: Friday

#NCTE18: Saturday

#NCTE18: Sunday

#SOL18: #NCTE18 Family

#NCTE18: Digging Deeper #1

#NCTE18: Digging Deeper #2

#NCTE18: Digging Deeper #3

#NCTE18: Digging Deeper #3


Professional Learning:  My Right and My Responsibility

#NCTE has fueled my learning for the last five years.  I found folks that stirred my learning heart and soul.  Hearing those words straight from the authors who wrote them was transformational. Their passion and excitement extends long past a panel, a roundtable, or a presentation.

And yes, it comes with a cost.  The cost of attending a national conference. #NCTE asks attendees about the source of the expenses in their conference surveys.  The likelihood of a school paying for every expense incurred may make the cost prohibitive but there are many of us who attend on a regular basis (five consecutive years) who are quite “picky” about our sessions because we are there for the learning and attend on our own dime..

After hearing Tom Newkirk at my first #NCTE conference loudly proclaim that a hamburger graphic organizer was an insult not only to a paragraph but a bigger insult to a hamburger, I have read his books, been in a twitter chat with him, and watched for authors that mention his name.  He is Ellin Keene’s editor and Ellin has so many words of praise for him. This year at #NCTE it was truly a pleasure to listen to:  4 Battles Literacy Educators have to Fight

  1. Economy – Curriculum as Hoarding (add, add , add & nothing is deleted)
  2. Louise Rosenblatt – Model of Reading – Literacy as Transaction
  3. The battle for writing. Writing should not be colonized by reading. 795,000 fanfiction pieces about Harry Potter
  4. Battle for choice- Carnegie – “public library”  Teachers will need to make it free!

Since returning home, I have reread his essay in this collection.

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I have also read these two books since #NCTE18.

And I am returning to some sections of these two books for more work with Responsive Teaching because I know that teachers have to “say less so readers can do more”!

I now have some reading and writing plans to consider that involve my own thinking and application. Some will appear in my own professional development, some may show up in this blog, and much will continue in future conversations with friends as well as Twitter thinking.

For those who did attend #NCTE18, how will you extend your learning?

Here are some possibilities:

  1. Read a book by an author you heard.
  2. Listen to a podcast by an author you heard.
  3. Participate in a Twitter chat by an author you heard.
  4. Write a blog post or two about your learning.

An investment of time is required for any of the four items listed. You can borrow the book on interlibrary loan at no cost or check and see if a friend has it in their professional library.  Check online. A free chapter may be available on the publisher’s website. Additional follow up ideas may come from the publisher’s website or a facebook page for the “group”.

So if attending a national conference is “on your list”, start planning now.  How can you begin “saving” for that dream?

  1. Read the twitter stream from #NCTE18.
  2. Read some blogs from #NCTE18.
  3. Plan for a roommate NOW.
  4. Make a plan to re-allocate some personal discretionary funds so you can attend.

Where will you begin? 

What is your plan?  

 

#SOL18: #NCTE18 Family


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‘Tis the season to be Thankful.  ‘Tis the season to count my blessings. #NCTE is the perfect kick-off for family events.  #NCTE brings my work family together!

This year’s theme was:

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But, for me, it has also ALWAYS been about finding my own voice. My own family of voices.  A family that allows me to have a voice.

#G2Great

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Slicers

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Teach Write

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Presenters and Authors

 

 

 

Students

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so many facets to MY FAMILY!

How do you nourish your “work family”? 

How do you continue to grow and learn?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.

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