NCTE: A Very Brief Reflection

Hugged.

Home.

Unpacked.

Can’t wait to talk with Andy.

But first, a very brief reflection of NCTE. I promise more will come. Still, in a word, this is what I’m taking away from NCTE 2010:

Joy

Yes, joy. I am joyful for the privileged work I get to do each day. I’m joyful to write alongside students, allowing my love for weaving words to infuse their hearts. I’m joyful for the opportunity of their stories, teachers’ stories, and your stories to make my life richer. I’m joyful for the simplicity of our work. I’m joyful because of the people I’ve spent the last few days with who have stretched my thinking.

Most importantly, though, I’m taking away from NCTE 2010 a determined spirit to not allow others to steal my joy.