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All-Write Reflection + {Discover. Play. Build.}

Sometimes when an experience seems so big it is hard to focus a reflection. Sometimes it is hard to settle the thoughts and find the meaning. Sometimes it is difficult to even know where to begin processing. So I’m going to make a lists. Lists always seem to make things more manageable.

  1. The Twitter feed chronicles many nuggets of learning. Twitter is considered micro-blogging. So pretend you are reading a bunch of miniature blog posts as you scroll the feed. You will also see some teasing among tweeps, as well as dinner planning, but skip over those things and look for the bits of learning. The connections and relationships built through Twitter prior to the conference made for a much richer experience. It was like meeting long-time pen pals…only Twitter is much easier to maintain contact with many people, unlike a traditional pen pal letter writing experience would be.
  2. The first time I saw Katie Wood Ray was over ten years ago. The same is true for Georgia Heard. Most of the presenters I’ve heard speak before. I love this. I’m intrigued by the way their thinking grows and layers on top of the previous understandings. I love how they are continuing to change and evolve as educators. It’s also interesting to see what stays the same. It gives me comfort to know they are constantly changing their understandings of instruction. It makes me realize just because I’m doing things differently now than I was last year or five years ago or ten years ago doesn’t mean I was wrong before. I was just in a different place in my understanding. We have to let go of our fear of being wrong  about instruction and simply do the best with our current understandings.
  3. All-Write Summer Institute feels a little like summer camp for workshop teachers. Everyone wanted to be there. We were happy. We talked about books and students and writing. The conversations with other educators were just as valuable as listening to the presenters. It is an energizing experience. Next year it is on June 21 – 22, 2012 (Thursday and Friday) and will be in northern Indiana (although the exact location isn’t yet determined). Will you make plans to join us?
Filling pages in summer 2011...


{Discover. Play. Build.}

Looking for an idea for a new notebook entry? Hop over to Ruth Ayres Writes for today’s {discover. play. build.} post on making maps in our notebooks. For a little more inspiration, check out Sara Fanelli’s My Map Book.

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7 thoughts on “All-Write Reflection + {Discover. Play. Build.} Leave a comment

  1. Ruth,
    I meant to go to one of your sessions but took a wrong turn at Albuquerque and ended up in Terry’s–which was great! I wanted to give you props for your book (like you need it, heh heh.) One of the teachers at the building I serve in read it and loooooved it. She hated missing this year’s institute, but she told me she wished she’d have bought the book sooner and that she’s going to reread it this year the way she should have read it last year. 🙂 Kudos for another superb institute!


  2. I love coming to camp with all my friends. All-Write is summer camp for teachers. I can’t wait for next year! I agree with Tam, I enjoyed learning more about Twitter and enjoyed reading all your comments on the blog. Thanks for giving us a peek.


  3. When I read, ” We have to let go of our fear of being wrong about instruction and simply do the best with our current understandings.” This really is how I felt at the conference too. I loved being there this year. Even though I could only be there one day, it was worth it! It was enough to wet my appetite to get back into my writer’s noebook and think about writing and begin thinking about how I want to change some of my writing instruction along with how I want to improve what I want to do to help my struggling readers. I felt engerized and inspired! I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to see you Ruth but hopefully I’ll get that chance one of these days! Have a great summer! Thanks for your encouragement and comments! Happy slicing! :o)


  4. I absolutely LOVED following all of the twitter comments. I really wished I was there and it was awesome to have access to some of your thinking. I really want to attend next year!


  5. Ruth – love this. Especially where you way you weren’t wrong five to ten years ago. I forget where I heard it but someone once said, “You teach the best you can. When you learn a better way, you do better. It’s all about reflection and growth.” or something to that effect. But I think that’s it. As teachers we are continually feeding ourself from others, and that is what I love. All Write was awesome. My only regret was there were so many people I wanted to see! I didn’t get to see you because I just read Jeff’s books and wanted to see him. Hope you are presenting again next year!


  6. “We have to let go of our fear of being wrong about instruction and simply do our best with our current understanding.” This is such a freeing statement for me. I’m entering my 3rd year of teaching and I often think about the things I could have done if I’d only known. I need to focus on the future and my continued learning and understanding. Thank you!!


  7. When something affects us so greatly, we have to step back/rest to see/feel the impact. Thanks for telling me about Twitter–sounds like a friendly item now, like texting to all participants! The second list item is so valuable–I always felt “behind,” but now I realize that was open to more learning–big impact! Yes, summer camp for like minds!!! I never went to summer camp as a kid, but now I can say I have!!! These are all big–all in a nutshell!!!


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