Friday, November 28, 2008

I am still here...

Having been back from NCTE for days (maybe even weeks) now, I have had some time to think about what I took away from the fabulous three days of learning in beautiful San Antonio, Texas. I think the session I attended by Tim Tyson helped me see the ongoing need for incorporating technology into authentic learning. Tim was an amazing presenter. The two Katie W Ray sessions helped me just first love KWR even more (she is so real and funny) and remember how good mentor texts are crucial for writers. The Regie Routman session helped me remember teaching is about putting kids first. She was awesome.

I was swooning when I met Debbie Miller in my hotel lobby because she is one of my heroes ( I swooned really after she had gone...don't worry I didn't make a huge fool of myself) I felt blessed to have met with her and share a little technology learning that Mary Lee was graciously guiding Karen and I with in our hotel lobby.

I am keeping it short these days as life gets crazier in the midst of the holidays. I found a ton of books that will be out this winter and spring..favorite sequels to my favorites. I will share soon.
Happy back to school after Thanksgiving break!


Sarah said...

I'm so glad to know there are other "teacher geeks" like me out there. I am a huge Routman and Miller fan. I've heard so many good things about KWR. Do you have a favorite title that would benefit a second grader teacher?

Sarah Parker

katied said...

I am loving Of Primary Importance by Ann Marie Corgill. It is a new writing workshop book written for primary (1-3). Her ideas and approach remind me of Katie W Ray. Ann Marie has inspired my publishing and celebrations this year!

Sarah Amick said...

Katie, I ate lunch with Debbie Miller when she was in Indiana. I don't think I talked much, she is just so cool. I swoon too over the Miller madness!
I am so jealous that you got to go to NCTE, next year is my mantra!

Karen said...

I'm so glad you had this much fun! Just breathing the same air as some of these folks is pretty amazing --actually chatting with katie -- priceless!!

Karen said...

ok, i meant Debbie... :)