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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Goodbye Nashville. I'm home

Wow, what an awesome conference. My mind is still swimming with ideas I'm mulling over. As I recount my experiences to my hubby, I keep thinking I've finished the stories and then I add "oh wait, I can't believe I forgot to tell you about..." and "oh yeah, (fill in the blank) was amazing." And so it is with this blog. When hoping to find a moment here and there to detail the conference, that moment was filled with amazing conversations, intriguing collaborative reflection, and staring at something around 2 million Holiday lights of the Opryland. And so I will try to capture that Nashville energy as we turn to a new school week.

Some of my highlights from Friday & Saturday (to hear about Thursday read a previous blog ;) that I’ve been pumped about include:

Learning statistics about the National Writing Project during the General session was very good. What stood out the most was the fact that many NWP teachers stay in the teaching profession…how inspiring! The energy was definitely present during this NWP session! The message of the General Session was focused on Writing for Change.

On Friday, I also was part of a panel presentation with Krista List-Leinberger, Mandy Williams and Leah Zuidema, titled “How Many Cups of Coffee does it Take to be the Compleat Teacher?: The First Year”. Over the past year we’ve been engaged in online collaborative reflection. Our reflection included following Hole and McEntee’s reflection protocol to dig deeper to uncover why certain things may happen in a classroom and what that might mean for our teaching. During our presentation we illustrated the work that we did and provided the opportunity for our audience to engage in collaborative reflection.

On Saturday I attended a session on multigenre writing. Afterward the session, I met Tom Romano! I’m even more charged about multigenre writing now!

I listened to Alice Sebold at the Secondary Luncheon. The Lovely Bones is one of my top 5 all time favorite books. I met her at the book signing. What a great experience!

Conversing with colleagues that affirm and challenge our teaching practice was great!

I’m thankful for this awesome conference experience.

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