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#SOL22: Real Life!


Do I remember our first meeeting?

A park bench outside Thorndike. Early morning. One in running clothes and me with all my gear for the day: canvas tote filled with devices, electrical bar, and books. Pounds of resources to last the day. Goal: to have an initial face to face contact before the week was up.

What about the funniest meeting?

A message to meet up at Starbuck’s. Arrival. Waiting. “I’m here.” But nary a sign. Further messages. Who knew. Three possible Starbuck’s in a 5 block radius. The first try was unsuccessful.

Which was the most unexpected?

I was fan-girling. Excited to meet up in real life. “Fran, it’s so good to see you,” as I was greeted with a hug. Only a Twitter friend. Real life exceeded my dreams as we quickly chattered like decades long friends.

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Through TWT, TCRWP, ILA and NCTE I’ve met many folks in real life. I thanked many during the March SOLSC, but I want to return to two very special authors and friends: Christina Nosek and Melanie Meehan. Their talents are exceptional!

#G2Great chats highlighted their most recent books the last two weeks.

Literacy Lenses – Reading link Literacy Lenses – Writing link

Please check out the Table of Contents of both books from the links with the book covers above.

Check out the free chapters and resources.

Check out the Literacy Lenses posts (Reading by Dr. Mary C Howard and Writing by me).

What is your level of confidence in your knowledge and skills about Reading? Writing? What about your level of competence? How do you know? What questions have you answered lately?

Both of these titles would be great for a faculty book study!

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Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this weekly forum.

Check out the writers and readers here.

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#SOLSC22: 27


Day 27 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge 2022.

Who Am I?

What stories do you know about me?

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I have no idea why the “cloud creator” added an “s” to teachers and books lovers? That doesn’t make sense. However, what does make sense is that these are a few of the words that describe Erika.

Thank you, Erika Victor, for your love of family whether it’s your family in the US, your family at your international school or the family of readers and writers that you navigate here!

How have you stayed connected with your family (personal or professional) the last couple of years?

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Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March.

Check out the writers and readers here.

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#SOLSC22: 23


Today is Day 23 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge.

As I started writing this post, I wondered if I needed a chart to mark similarities and differences between the honorees for this March blog series. I quickly discovered MANY similarities.

Blogs? Check

Presents at NCTE? Check

Have personally presented with her? Check

Numerous zoom sessions? Check

An author featured on #G2great? Check

So many ideas were swirling in my brain, but I had already decided on “Supporting Writing” as my focus.

Today’s “Thank You” goes to an author who shares similar thoughts about students leading their own writing seminars for their fellow students. We’ve tweeted about this often. We promote student independence as much as possible.

Current books:

Available later in March, 2022 . . .

Drum roll . . .

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Thank you, Melanie Meehan, for your expertise as a writer and as a teacher of students and supporter of writing teachers,

What questions do you have about writing? What writing do you support? What writing do you do yourself?

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Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March.

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#SOLSC22: 22


This book.

This book had a profound impact on my personal and professional life. This book brought together folks who continue to impact my personal and professional life.

So much of reading is invisible. So much of reading is complex. So much of reading takes a deep understanding. A reader who slows down and spies on themself as a reader can learn about the process of meaning making.

This book was the center of a book study on Twitter. #WRRD We spent time discussing the contents and the application. But additional highlights were in meeting with, chatting face to face, and having dinner with the authors. Approachable authors. Authors who share their thinking. Authors who model their own learning.

Dr. Mary Howard wrote this post after Dorothy and Vicki were on a #G2Great chat about What Readers Really Do in 2017. Now more than ever the invisible processes of meaning making must be a part of the goal setting and discourse of educators.

Beyond celebrating the authors … Thank you, Ryan Scala, for organizing what began as a book study and actually evolved into a community of scholars with common interests in improving learning, literacy and leadership.

Photo by Alexas_Fotos on Unsplash

How do you build community that endures beyond a single goal/purpose? Who leads the work? Who does the work?

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Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March.

Check out the writers and readers here.

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#SOLSC22: 21


Today is Day 21 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge.

In a book group, we respond to the text. We use words, colors and pictures. We read. We talk when physically together. We use google docs or padlet when apart. We laugh. We reread. We write.

Rinse and repeat.

Every year I participate in book groups/clubs. Sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. That was the summer that I was in seven different groups, teaching a graduate class, and attending two week long institutes out of state.

In reflection, that sounds totally crazy and overbooked. Seriously crazy. But my love of books, my desire to be better at responding to texts, and the need to accelerate my own learning led me to say yes to all the possibilities. (The inability to say “no” to book clubs will have to be a slice after March.)

We’ve presented together. We’ve laughed together. We’ve learned together.

Thank you, Julieanne Harmatz for writing about book purchases in a slice here this year, for adding to my own TBR stacks, and for adding joy to my life.

How do you add books to your reading list? What is your criteria? Who helps add to your list?

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Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March.

Check out the writers and readers here.

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#SOLSC22: 20


What a lucky day! My role is a photographer! Back up a couple of years and think Austin. Yes, Austin, Texas. ILA in July in 2018 in Austin, TX. I had checked in to my hotel and hiked across town to find a friend in order to celebrate a book birthday. And the celebration was huge. Two authors meant twice the celebrations. And twice the joy!

Not a surprise to me! Books. Authors. Some of my most favorite things.

At this time, I really had little idea of the meaning of the word “nurture” in regards to friends and family. Sure, we dealt with it in our work in schools (though it was NOT in my boss’s vocabulary), but the idea of how to really “Nurture” readers and writers was new.

And yet . . .

Teachers who were writers were ahead of the game in nurturing readers. And teachers who were readers were ahead of the game in nurturing writers. The reciprocity was alive and well for teachers who were studying the knowledge, the skills and the craft of both.

This was one of the pictures that launched my photographic career.

It was a short-lived career. But the memories of that day continue to nurture my soul as Christina’s second book is now available.

Thank you, Christina Nosek, for nurturing both my reading teacher self and my personal self for many years!

Photo by Alexas_Fotos on Unsplash

How do you nurture yourself? How do your nurture your professional self? How do you share your journey?

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Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March.

Check out the writers and readers here.

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#SOLSC22:19


Today is Day 19 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge 2022.

As I began planning for this slice, I had a difficult time with my focus. There are so many facets that I could highlight especially on this day of virtual learning at TCRWP. Which ones? #NCTE15, TCRWP Saturday Reunion learning together, BookLove, or the virtual book baskets. Thanks for so many “gifts” to choose from!

I remember NCTE15 when I arrived early for a session about reading assessment. I was eager to meet the authors. Others in the room were Lynne Dorfman, Vicki Vinton, Ruth Ayres, and Jennifer Serravallo to name a few. As the session began I looked around and folks were sitting on the floor because they were anxious to learn and we had “exceeded the room capacity” for the number of chairs in the room. (link) This session about Assessment in Perspective was near and dear to my heart as it matched my own values and views of assessment.

I want to remind readers that the deadline for BookLove grants for classroom libraries is April 1st. You can find more information here.

The biggest gift to teachers during the pandemic has been this virtual bookroom. (Link) Thank you for this resource and the many hours of work it represents, Clare Landrigan.

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How to use the book room . . . (link)

How do you “meet needs” of students and educators? How do you promote book love?

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Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March.

Check out the writers and readers here.

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#SOLSC22: 10


Being Kind

of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person. having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words. indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often followed by to): to be kind to animals.

dictionary.com

I left a donation in the container at the Ukranian market. I did buy two items using the pictures. My best guess. I haven’t been in a market since my last trip to NYC. This was quiet. Fewer shoppers. No grill running. No hot coffee on demand. But as I accepted the change from my transaction, I added another folded bill and placed it in the container marked “Humanitarian Donations”. My step was lighter, the bell rang and I exited the market.

Being Kind is of first nature to some folks. I know that a picture of my friend belongs next to “Being Kind” in the dictionary. “Being kind” is being the bearer of alternating cups of coffee on alternating days in the dorm. “Being kind” is checking in before, during, and after sessions. “Being kind” is ingrained in her DNA. “Being kind” as a teacher takes patience and Kitty Donohoe is filled with kindness. Thanks for reminding me of the value of kindness in all human beings.

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When you hear “kind” who do you immediately think of? What specifically says “kind” to you?

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Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March.

Check out the writers and readers here.

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#SOLSC22: 8


Habits matter.

Over time, habits become visible patterns.

I was fortunate to have time to develop habits and patterns in NYC due to the curiosity and unquenchable thirst for knowledge of another visitor.

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Where have we been?

  • 9/11 Memorial
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • 9/11 Memorial Museum Guided Tour
  • Wandering and Revisiting Exhibits in the 9/11 Memorial Museum
  • St. Paul’s Chapel
  • Time Square
  • Visiting the Lions at the New York City Public Library (and the gift shop)
  • Rockefeller Square
  • Bank Street Books
  • Broadway Shows
  • Tenement Museum
  • Subway Travel
  • Dinners
  • Meet ups with friends
  • Birthday dinners

So much learning.

The best tip ever was to ask (before making a purchase), “Do you ship purchases?” And if the answer was, “Yes,” then the next step was to inquire about the pricing.

Why did it matter?

When traveling by plane, I’m a “carry on” passenger. I don’t check luggage. Similarly, I also follow the rules about the number of bags that I take on a plane. I don’t carry six bags on the plane. I check the rules and follow them.

I learned about shipping from my friend Allison Jackson. We’ve had many adventures in NYC, but her “shipping tip” has literally saved my back and my brains when traveling! Thank you, Allison!

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Who fuels your curiosity? How do you plan your adventures? What are your favorite travel tips?

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Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum during the month of March.

Check out the writers and readers here.

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#SOL21: In Olden Days #TCRWP Saturday Reunion


In the olden days, we were taken to church

And now we peer intently at squares on screens

A first blog post about the 88th . . . Link

Now blogging about the 100th.

Announcements from Lucy Calkins while the pews are filling.

Time ticking down, waiting for attendees to log in.

Rushing from session to session, even sitting on the floors,

Exiting out of a session, clicking on a new link . . .

Packing a lunch so as not to miss a single precious moment

Quickly grabbing a snack and moving to keep the brain engaged.

Planned events with Slicers and friends,

Scheduling solo or partner “virtual watches”

Inspiring Keynotes

Inspiring Keynotes

Link

Every

Single

Saturday

Reunion

Inspires

And

Transcends

Expectations

Thank you,

#tcrwp

https://twitter.com/franmcveigh/status/1451965482177896457

Mo Willems and a Pigeon

Jason Reynolds and

Humility

Intimacy

Gratitude

Community of Learners

Community of Learners

Welcoming

Welcoming

Storytellers

Storytellers

Laughter

Laughter

Tears

Tears

Front row seat

Front row seat

Family

Family

Weird

Weird

Fierce

Vulnerable

Vulnerable

Momentum

What am I willing to do to increase the momentum? (No “Loss”; No “Acceleration”) Your Turn: What commonalities and differences did you find?

And so the 100th TCRWP Saturday Reunion began . . .

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