NCTE · presentations · professional development · Slice of Life Story Challenge

Highlights from NCTE

We're sharing our presentations from NCTE with you, along with quotes I jotted down from a variety of authors and literacy leaders. ALSO, take a peek at some photos from our Slicer Dinner.

blogging · microblogging · presentations · technology · writers

Connecting with Other Writers

I had the pleasure of speaking about "Curating and Cultivating a Virtual Community of Writers" with the members of the Chester County Reading Association this afternoon. I talked about the ways blogging, microblogging, other digital technologies allow teacher-writers to interact with each other worldwide.

presentations · technology

Connecting, Cultivating, and Celebrating Our Words: Using Online Relationships as Writers

I'm looking forward to presenting about online writing relationships at this year's Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA) Conference, which will be held in State College, PA in less than two weeks.  Ruth and I will be leading a session, "Connecting, Cultivating, and Celebrating Our Words: Using Online Relationships as Writers" on Saturday, October 19th at 9:30… Continue reading Connecting, Cultivating, and Celebrating Our Words: Using Online Relationships as Writers

presentations · research

The Payoff

I've been working with Keith Bollman and his fifth grade class on a research project. The end result is a tour of the solar system, completely planned, designed, researched, and created by the students. I have learned so much about collaboration through this experience. One of the parts they designed was to collect key information… Continue reading The Payoff

presentations · reflections · reflective practice · writing workshop

Nudging Joy: A Student Group

I've been thinking a lot lately about the things I know because I write. I've been keeping a little list of these ideas as a crude plan for an article about the topic. When Christy Rush-Levine invited me to lead a study group at her school, she suggested the topic of being a teacher who… Continue reading Nudging Joy: A Student Group

family · parent involvement · presentations · writing workshop

Word Play (a writing night for families)

Tomorrow night I've been invited to talk with parents and host a mini-writing workshop for families. You must know, about a week ago, our youngest, Sam (a first grader), gave two slips of paper to each family member, along with a pen, and said, "Write two titles or story ideas on these slips. I'll be… Continue reading Word Play (a writing night for families)

presentations · professional development · public education · reflections · stories

I Didn’t Expect…

As many of you know, I've been a busy girl this week. I was at Judson University's Literacy in Motion conference on Wednesday speaking about my work with celebrations. Then yesterday I was the opening keynote for the All-Write Summer Institute. Today Patrick Allen (author of Conferring: The Keystone of Reader's Workshop) and I are… Continue reading I Didn’t Expect…

op-ed · presentations · quote

A little inspiration

Last week Annie Campbell published this op-ed, "Guarding Fragility," in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It is powerful and worth the read. I hope you check it out. Annie has been helping me with my keynote. She's read, asked questions, and provided much needed encouragement. Annie is a friend of mine, but we've never met face to… Continue reading A little inspiration