Last weekend I took a major step forward towards my dream of publishing children’s books. I attended the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Annual Conference in New York. This post includes highlights from the keynotes and breakout sessions.
There’s a reason for second and third editions of really great books–a writer’s work is never done, and is certainly never, ever perfect.
Lucy Calkins, author of many books on teaching writing, often says that conferring is the heart of writing workshop. I once heard her say to a group of graduate students that she wished… Continue reading
Take the time to compliment every child in every kind of conference you do.
[Conferences] are not mini-lectures but the working talk of fellow writers sharing their experience with the writing process. At times, of course, they will be teacher and student, master and apprentice, if you… Continue reading
The second portion of the Choice Literacy workshop, Coaching the Common Core was led by Heather Rader. Heather is the author of Side By Side: Short Takes on Best Practice for Teachers and… Continue reading
Check out some of our past posts about all aspects of conferring.
I know I’m a little bias, but this is one of my favorite conferences. It is a little like summer camp for teachers. I think the reason why it’s so great is because… Continue reading
When students move from their notebook to draft, I encourage them to write their best first draft. (Click here to see other posts I’ve written about best first drafts.) Something that I’m always… Continue reading
One of the teachers I’m working alongside is really focused on honing her conferring skills. So we are hunkering down beside students and listening intently to their work. She leads the conference and… Continue reading
When I started working with Lauren, my Pilates instructor here in Pennsylvania almost two and a half years ago, she gave me a lot of verbal cues. The ones I heard the most… Continue reading
This weekend I have the privilege of attending the Michigan Reading Association conference. I’m always surprised how surreal life seems when I attend a conference. The normal evening things like dinner, baths, books, bed are… Continue reading
So first, Wow! Thank you for the comments on the last post. You have no idea how comments fuel me as a writer. Thanks for taking the time. And second, I think this… Continue reading
Conferring is arguably the most important part of writing workshop. It is definitely more important than the minilesson, although I’m not sure it is more important than sharing. That’s not the point of… Continue reading
Ruth and I will be presenting at at the NCTE Annual Convention tomorrow afternoon. Our presentation on reflective practice will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Saybrook Room at the Disney Yacht and… Continue reading
It’s been a long day at Literacy for All. We each attended great sessions (which I’m sure you’ll find out more about in upcoming blog posts), presented two different sessions, and are now… Continue reading
We’ll be presenting at at the Literacy for All Conference tomorrow. Our presentations are will be at 10:30 and 3:30 p.m. If you’re planning to be at either of the presentations, then please… Continue reading
Ruth and I presented twice at the Keystone State Reading Association Conference this past Sunday and Monday. We met lots of great people at the conference and would like to thank the folks… Continue reading
We’re putting the finishing touches on our presentations for the Keystone State Reading Association Conference, which begins today. We’re looking for the fall literacy conference season to begin! (We’ll be presenting at Literacy… Continue reading