Slicing this week is full of lists and planning. I'm off to my state reading conference on Thursday, early in the am.
Since I'm filled to the brim with anticipation, it makes me pause to wonder how much we as teachers take for granted that students will be excited about a new activity, assignment, or trip? What if we did something like producing a fun calendar or flier about something coming to the classroom? What if we created a special song or rhyme that invited a certain tradition that occurred every week? What if? I know with the catalog, the e-mails, and all the advertising my reading association is sharing, I am really excited! I am preparing for a positive experience! I'm hoping to learn and to bring back ideas for colleagues! We live in a world of marketing. Is there a way to use some of the ideas marketers use with our students? At least it's something to contemplate?
At CCIRA - my travels (Colorado Council of the International Reading Association):
Regie Routman - Thurs. keynote
Harvey "Smokey" Daniels - close reading
David L. Harrison - poetry
Sharon Taberski - conversations
luncheon - Patricia Polacco
Nancy Meredith, Annie Patterson, Michelle Jones - Thinking like historians
Doug Fisher - Fri. keynote
Lynda Mullahy Hunt - reluctant readers
Barbara Richman - heroes' texts
Carol Wilcox (hurrah!) - connecting comprehension through poetry
luncheon - Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Donalyn Miller - wild readers
Michael Opitz - Sat. keynote
Sharon M. Draper - engaging adolescent readers
Excited? Yes! I promise to bring back many things for all of you, too! And I promise to do some "wandering" too!