Summer book clubs are progressing. Fast and furious. Another FB Live session today. Thinking about symbolism. Thinking about how to choose a Read Aloud. Thinking about the books in the pool for the Global Read Aloud in September. Two of those are in the Elementary section of the #BookLove. I was so appreciative of Clare and Pernille’s focus on Dreamers today as I thought about my #BookLove response.
But I spent two hours reading and rereading my Tweetdeck feed for #NerdCampMI. Reports from Twitter shared pictures of 2,000 teachers lined up for today’s sessions. Often a theme quickly emerges and today’s was clearly about activism and putting students first. Major FOMO!
What did that theme look like?
Here’s a summary in sketchnotes from Paula Bourque.
What struck me was the tag: “Being inspired and challenged by @donalynbooks at #nErDcampMI”
Quality professional learning inspires, challenges and motivates teachers and, of course, the folks at #NerdCampMI were in for a treat. Here were my three takeaways.
- A Statement
2. A Question
3. A FERPA Consideration
Are you educating all children?
Are you making a difference?
Are you allowing labels to define students?
When do you take action?
PS I am still blown away by the 10 minute speed painting by @struckevan of Jason Reynolds
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I took a leap of faith in December. I planned to attend PD in Maine, a state I had never been to, in December.
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.
Is it ever possible to write enough?
Is it possible to write too much?
And I was a bit of a skeptic.
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.
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.
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?)
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