Back to the beginning: Baltimore again. The crew. Face to Face connections. Twitter. Learning, Laughing. Sharing.
NCTE18 – 10 posts
NCTE17 – 4 posts
NCTE16 – 4 posts
NCTE15 – 2 posts
NCTE14 – 5 posts
Celebrating 25 posts already written about NCTE! Anticipating the posts and the learning from the next four days.
The program . . . link
on Twitter #NCTE19
where my ancestor was born, George Herman Ruth.
In 2014, it was a Friday presentation described here.
In 2019, it will be a Sunday presentation as listed below.
Katelynn Giordano, Betsy Hubbard, Melanie Meehan, and myself
Challenged! Intrigued! Sparking Inquiry Through Collaborative Research
9-10:15 AM, Sunday, November 24 in Room 304
What are you anticipating for #NCTE19?
What is your plan?
What do you plan to learn?
What will you celebrate?
This format and idea came from Jackie’s “SOLS: Seven Days, Seven Lessons” as shared in Betsey’s call for slices today.
Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place for us to share our work.
Here are the eleven lessons that I have learned from sharing my life with you daily this month in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge:
1. Writing is joyous. The pride from pushing that “publish” button overwhelms my fears and doubts about whether my writing or the topic is “worthy” of readers.
2. Writing is meant to be shared. Retweets on Twitter and comments on posts continue the conversations that begin here. Thank you, my friends, as we continue this journey together.
3. Writing formats make me more comfortable. Having a framework makes it easier to begin (fewer false starts, but yet allows for personal choices, and helps me write longer and stronger. I am a pattern seeker.
4. Writing regularly, at the same time of day (on a kind of schedule) is helpful for me. I build that time in to my routine, I make that time fit, I stretch that time when needed and I can bend time into my friend instead of my enemy with a need to “Hurry up” and “Rush, Rush, Rush”>
5. Writing poetry or informational pieces are still the most comfortable for me. I wonder if that goes back to format?
6. Writing is a learning time. Some days I’m writing about what I am learning; other days I am sharing lessons learned and from that “sharing” comes continued learning.
7. Writing is reading . . . reading the daily call for slices, the slices, and the slicers.
8. Writing is community. The support and friendships from slicers who take shape first as words, pictures, and posts before bloggers become face to face friends.
9.Writing is sifting through ideas . . . determining importance . . . I have a long list that is still a list . . . patiently waiting, not yet brought to life.
10. Writing daily is a great habit to build. It’s mentally challenging but doable and actually a great confidence builder.
11. Writing is fun. 🙂 Thinking of the reader’s reactions to my post . . . priceless!
What lessons have you learned?
Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.
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The last three months have seemed like a year. Why? I was waiting to hear about the status of my application for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project’s June Writing Institute and July Reading Institute.
It seemed like “forever” since I saw the first tweet that said “…accepted!” Multiple friends received news of their status. My reading application status was “wait list” so I tried to be patient and believe that “no news is good news!” Finally I received notice that I was accepted for the Writing Institute. And last week my reading application was accepted! Two weeks at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project! Woohoo!
After my application was accepted I realized the truth of this statement. Institute paid. Housing paid. Flight booked. Checking time frames. . . Planning to maximize time and learning opportunities.
Why is this blog worthy?
My two weeks at Teachers College last summer for the Reading and Writing Institutes was one of the most fabulous learning experiences of my life! With the new writing Units of Study, my large group sessions every day were led by Lucy Calkins. She can build confidence and inspire all teachers to “do more” to increase the reading and writing of students. Anything and everything is possible with Lucy’s guidance!
And the many rock stars at #TCRWP. . . My daily choices included Mary Ehrenworth, Chris Lehman and Kate Roberts. It was so fun to “know” many of the staff and presenters because of their “Twitter presence” and so easy to thank them for their accessibility! Unbelievable learning. And yet, I have to confess, I was ready to go home last year when the first night’s assignment was to write a narrative. I spent hours (some whining and complaining) writing, drafting, rewriting, drafting. It was not pretty and basically fit the third grade rubric according to the #UoS rubric. Frustrating, yes; empathy for students, YES!
I am so ready to learn more. Do more. And I have been working on developing my own writing muscles this year – blogging, tweeting, and developing models. June Writing Institute! July Reading Institute! Love Learning!
My NYC agenda contains:
Advanced AM Section: Reports, Nonﬁction Books, Journals, Feature Articles: Information Writing and ELA Across the Day (3-8) Mary Ehrenworth
Advanced PM Section: Seeing Patterns in Student Work, Then Teaching Small Groups (and More) to Build New Habits and Skills (3-8) Emily Smith
Advanced AM Section: Accelerating Students’ Progress Along Levels of Text Difficulty: Guided Reading, Assessment Based Teaching, and Scaffolds for Complex Texts (3-8) Brooke Geller
Advanced PM Section: Social Studies Centers Can Lift the Level of Content Knowledge and Reading Instruction (3-8) Kathleen Tolan
How will you continue to learn about reading and writing this summer?
Here are two writing opportunities for you to consider:
Summer Writing for You, The Teacher (Two Writing Teachers blog post by Betsy Hubbard)
#TeachersWrite (Kate Messner)