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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Reflections

It’s Friday night. I’m tired…nope, nope that is an understatement. I am exhausted. Yet, I am refreshing and recharging in a way that can only happen at this amazing NWP/NCTE celebration of teaching!

The past two days have been jammed packed. Topics that I’ve been processing start with my sessions on Thursday. (Detailed notes are in process.)

I attended an invigorating session on ways that writing projects support new teachers. As a new teacher myself, I easily found my place in this conversation about what our core values are and how we address those in supporting new teachers.

After the session, warm welcomes were given by fellow Writing Project folks. Lunch on Thursday resulted in a cold walk, food from the Sixth Street Grill and an amazing conversation about teaching, differentiating instruction, differences between grade levels, and parent communication.

Session two on Thursday included a conversation on teacher research and the various formats of teacher research within schools and Writing Projects.

Thursday night we went to the ELL social. It was very cool to visit with colleagues. We met Richard Sterling, the Executive Director of NWP and had a nice conversation with him. It’s podcasted in an earlier post.

There has been time to reflect and think and wow do I have more processing to do….

Today, I also attended great sessions. From discussions about the impact of disaster on our nation such as hurricane Katrina to the stories of our lives and the ways to help students develop their writing about where they are from, to grammar in context, to blogging conversations, today has been great. What wonderful conversations. What wonderful brain food.

Signing off. Still exhausted. Take care all.
Dawn

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