I can’t really believe that I’ve been back from #NCTE14 for two WHOLE weeks! Wow! Turkey Day and back to work with a vengeance. What to do before the holidays hit?
I found some time to work on another view of my first time attendance at NCTE. It involved a new use of Zoom. Still in draft/learning mode, but I wanted to share what this could look like!
So what have I used? My Top 10 Quotes in the order of frequency of use! This video should give you an idea about the topics I have been working on / using during the last two weeks! (It was also in response to a challenge from @davestuartjr – another virtual and now face to face friend!)
What are you doing differently since #NCTE14?
How are you sharing your learning?
Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.
Last Thursday, Brooke Geller read this book to us to close out our small group reading workshop session. It was powerful, it was moving, and it was a perfect ending to our week together. This book was written after Marian Edelman’s June 1, 1996 Washington, DC, speech about the importance of putting children first. 300,000 attended that rally 18 years ago.
Do you stand for children? What would evidence of your stand look like?
Back at the end of June, Chris Lehman wrote a post on his blog titled, “When There’s No White Horse: Being Our Best Advocate“. If you haven’t read it yet, go read it. Chris wrote that post as a response to another blog that had challenged ideas in Falling in Love with Close Reading authored by Chris and Kate Roberts. Chris chose to take the high road when he said:
“We, as a profession, need to advocate earlier and often for the policies that come our way. We need to shape the decisions that are made in our districts. We need to be active with our administrators. We need to offer our professional expertise so by the time something gets to the babble stage, it’s actually worth babbling about.” (06.25.14, christopherlehman.wordpress.com)
He continues on and tells us in the next caption, “We Can’t Wait for Advocates, We Need to BE Advocates!” (It’s not too late, you can still go back and read it!) Use his “small steps” to get started!
- Take back edubabble
- Don’t malign district decisions, get in there are help to make them
- Connect with other passionate educators
Your voice is needed! Stand for children! Don’t wait for someone else!
What do you stand for?