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:
+100 RT @iChrisLehman: The most important work we can do for a child: listen. #ncte13
— Kristin Ziemke (@KristinZiemke) November 23, 2013
@SarahWessling #ncte13 Flatten the hierarchy and elevate everyone to the status of learner
— Amy Rudd (@aruddteacher100) November 23, 2013
If we are asking questions that are just a google search away we are asking the wrong questions @billbass #NCTE13
— Amy Rudd (@aruddteacher100) November 22, 2013
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.
Make Way for Ducklings! So sweet to finally meet them! #ncte13 pic.twitter.com/XYAbtUTDm2
— Amy Rudd (@aruddteacher100) November 21, 2013
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...