Pages

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Incredible!

\

Meeting all of the slicers for breakfast on Saturday was a highlight of the weekend.  It was a great place for breakfast and browsing.  Chatting with the slicers who were able to come was a perfect slice of life moment.  I met writing superheroes-people who inspire me to write and slice every day, week in and week out.  What a perfect treat!

I am still so overwhelmed by all of the learning that occurred at the NCTE in Boston this past weekend.  So much learning to think about and reflect on!  The powerful words spoken and exchanged will be a part of who I am forever.  I wanted to savor and capture every sweet moment of dialogue that happened so I could treasure and admire each piece as part of the collection.  I am still examining my quotes to determine which ones will be earmarked for the "china cabinet".  I feel like I need time to mentally debrief and let it all sink in.  To sum it up in a word, "Incredible!" is what comes to mind.  Here a few favorites captured via twitter:



The opportunities for hearing beautiful words of wisdom from so many people still has me feeling like I wanted to clone myself to be in multiple sessions at the same time.  I want to relive the conference.  If you ever get the chance to go my advice would be to make sure you're in the moment...Washington DC 2014!

Besides all of the fun learning taking place at the conference, there was also the background of exploring the sites in the host city!  One of my favorite moments was seeing the "Make Way for Ducklings" statues on Boston Commons.

And finally being able to soak it all in with a close friend and colleague was a huge benefit for me.  Thanks to my friend Kristi for joining in the learning and fun!  


As I reflect on my experience, my only regret is that I approached the conference with too many lenses...as a learner, as a reader, as a writer, as a coach, as a teacher...focus, focus, focus...






17 comments:

  1. I followed the conference through Tweets. My second hand experience left me feeling, fulfilled-weary-angry(wanted to be there)-smiling-jealous-proud(to know so many of you great ones) and with many, many questions! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  2. You hit the nail on the head: "So much learning to think about and reflect on." It was lovely to meet you, Amy! I'm already looking forward to next year :-) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Loved our Slicer breakfast Amy!!! I had more limited plans for the conference and I think that worked better for me, especially with a head cold.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I love this recap, and I am lamenting over and over that I didn't get a chance to go to the Slicer Breakfast. Next year! Since it was my first time, I was still trying to negotiate the daunting schedule. I'll know better about what to do in Washington. Hope to see you there!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I can't wait to read about everyone's thoughts and learning during this conference. I hope to make it to one someday. Thank you for sharing with those of us who could not be there.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I'm glad you had a great NCTE! How did I not make time to see those ducks?

    ReplyDelete
  7. So glad you made it to see the ducks --one of our favorite parts of Boston! We loved getting to meet you in person. It is nice to put a voice to the writing. Your enthusiasm is contagious!
    Clare and Tammy

    ReplyDelete
  8. One of my biggest regrets of the conference is that we didn't have more time to chat, Amy. It was nice to FINALLY meet you in person. I hope you'll be at NCTE next year. Hopefully we can grab dinner in DC. (That being said, I might do a Slicer dinner next year since breakfast felt so rushed.)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love how you captured so many facets of the conference! It has been great. My mind is full too. It was a pleasure and delight to meet you at breakfast!

    ReplyDelete
  10. NCTE and the ducklings - you surely had a full and wonderful experience! I'm so glad that you made the breakfast, and that I finally got to meet you.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Every slice I read makes me want to put next year's conference on my schedule right now! Time to start planning right now!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Everyone is slicing about their NCTE experience, and I'm so very jealous! I won't miss next year's conference - I won't!! I love your advice here to choose a lense and focus. I will remember that!

    ReplyDelete
  13. One day I am going to make it to NCTE, but I may have to wait a few more years until my daughter graduates--or at least is driving. I love reading everyone's reflections and tweets.

    ReplyDelete
  14. It was wonderful to finally meet you, Amy, & sounds like you had the marvelous time I had too! Love that you found some moments to explore some of Boston. I'm disappointed I didn't get to do very much. I've been there many times, but still wanted to peek at a few things. NCTE was amazing, and meeting the slicers was part of that. Happy Thanksgiving!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I just posted about reading all of the reflections that I could find about the weekend and I missed yours--I'm sorry, Amy! I love your tweets and the pictures that you have included. Thank you for sharing so much!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Your title for the post says it all.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for adding your comment!