‘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:
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.
Presenters and Authors
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.
Additional Links to #NCTE18
The magical learning continues at #NCTE18 and a theme that emerged on Saturday:
Slow down . . .
Yes, there is a sense of urgency.
Make every minute count.
BUT stop counting every minute.
Look into the eyes, heart and soul of every student.
The day flew by and again there were folks that I never saw. Decisions about sessions were incredibly hard to make.
The #BowTieBoys, Jason Augustowski and Dr. Mary Howard
It is all about the heart. And paying attention to the students. Listening. And learning WITH them. This quote from Jason is a great snippet for teachers to consider.
Roundtable sessions planned and executed by the students. Simply amazing.
Showing not just telling
Students from middle school through high school.
Not to be missed!
Responsive Teaching: The Courage to Follow the Lead of the Reader
The respect, love and joy of this panel made my day! Students at the heart of our work.
A perfect merger. And such important work!
“Think about a teacher who loved you into being. Responsiveness begins with heart . . .”
Don’t rush to “check it off”. Skill and expertise has to come behind. Don’t land on the side of “judgment”. “What’s going on?” “Wonder.” And then the learning that comes from the four quadrants.
“Step back so your students can step forward.” Jan Burkins and Kim Yaris
Tom Newkirk has been a favorite of mine from my first #NCTE conference when he bemoaned that “the hamburger graphic organizer is not only an insult to a paragraph, but is also such an insult to a hamburger”.
4 Battles Literacy Educators have to Fight
- Economy – Curriculum as Hoarding (add, add , add & nothing is deleted)
- Louise Rosenblatt – Model of Reading – Literacy as Transaction
- The battle for writing. Writing should not be colonized by reading.Literary analysis 795,000 fanfiction pieces about Harry Potter
- Battle for choice- Carnegie – “public library” Teachers will need to make it free!
Questions to Ask when you Write
When Phonics is the Foundation – in a Curriculum of Authentic, Deep Literacy
Lucy Calkins, Rachel Rothman-Perkins and Rebecca Cronin
“To teach well is to rally your people with heart and soul to learn with courage and enthusiasm. Fear: Is this curriculum going to cover everything? Mastery? Proven? Everything? Fear-driven anxious place is far too common with NO place in child’s emergent literacy. Voice is the single quality that matters most. Voice matters for teaching, and learning (as well as writing). To teach phonics well, imagine yourself at kitchen table talking to someone right there with you. Teaching phonics is leading and teaching. “
“That sense of connectedness matters tremendously. Connecting matters. Connecting to reading and writing. TRANSFER – only reason to teach phonics for reading and writing. TEACHING kids identity. Language is a joyful world!”
And because this is not an “All About” post since I promised “snippets” I will write later about the fabulous session from Colleen Cruz, Kassandra Minor, and Cornelius Minor.
Opening Day of #NCTE18
Program Dog Eared?
Here’s a collection of the #G2Great folks.
If you went early, you might have been found sitting on the floor.
If you went on time, you may have not gotten into the session.
If you went late, you were SO out of luck.
There were “bouncers” at the door
To turn back the crowds
To placate the fire marshal.
Fifth year of underestimating the crowds.
Packed to the gills.
For many, a chance to review the program,
Greet friends in real life,
Thursday General Session – Chimanda Ngozi Adichie
If you are not on Twitter, you need to go there. You need to search the #NCTE18 tweets for those from her talk. For more about Chimanda see her site here.
Think about this next statement for a minute. Read. Pause. Reread. Take a breath.
“We live in a world where a person can be murdered because of what he wrote.”
And this is our truth.
Literacy, more than ever, is critical
“When we value a student, we teach them to value themselves.”
Chimanda spoke of being curious. And that #OLW (One Little Word) of mine came to the forefront. In fact, my “curious” is with me.
As #NCTE18 continues, you will see where my curiosity leads me!
What are you curious about?
Today’s the day!
Have you chosen your sessions?
This sign will be greeting you in Houston!
If it’s your first time to attend, check out the “First Timer’s Breakfast” Thursday morning to make some new friends, meet a group of people at your table, and hear Donalyn Miller and Ernest Morrell.
Add your twitter name to your name tag.
Look for those folks you have seen on #NCTE chats.
Look for those folks you have seen on #G2Great chats.
Make these days be about your learning.
What do you need to learn?
Say hello to at least three new people every day!
Welcome to Houston!
Welcome to #NCTE18!
5 years ago
My first NCTE
IRL: #G2Great at #NCTE15