My first NCTE conference left me so energized, I could barely sleep my last night in town with all the new ideas rattling around in my head. Instead of writing a normal post this week, I’m giving you a window into my brain (warning---as I wrote this, I was detoxing from all of the Starbuck’s jet fuel I consumed while at NCTE).
All joking aside, in my first session I heard Tanny McGregor present sketchnoting and it launched me back into my own iteration of sketchnoting a light bulb and filling it with all the new ideas that were “enlarging” my thinking (thanks, Kelly Gallagher for this idea). NCTE gave me a window into practices that help readers and writers to discover their authenticity.
Here’s the sketchnote that I created on my plane ride home. I included the Twitter handles of voices you won’t regret following on Twitter. (Stay tuned to an upcoming post about how to use sketchnotes and graphic organizers to support thinking routines when reading a text).
Teaching is not meant to be practiced in isolation. Listening to new voices affirms, validates and allows us opportunities to constantly evolve as teachers. Thanks, NCTE: You were career-altering!
Lauren Nizol is a literacy interventionist, writing center director, and National Writing Project Teacher Consultant who loves books and takes too many pictures of trees when heading for the woods with her family.