We’re very excited to be heading up to Boston this weekend for the NCTE Annual Convention! It’s always fun to catch up with and learn from other English-teacher types, and there are tons of great presentations we’re looking forward to. I know I’ll be checking out Michael Smith’s presentation on close reading, and I’m hoping to make it to Peter Smagorinsky’s roundtable session, “Writing to the Community.” Meg will be attending a panel discussion “Teaching to the Future: Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World” with Jim Burke, et al. Both of us will be at NCLE‘s session with the Institute of Play from 4-5:30 on Friday in the Sheraton’s Ballroom B.
If you’re looking to meet up with us, Meg and I will be presenting a couple of times this weekend. On Friday, we will give an overview of the ILP at 9:30am in the Hampton Room at the Sheraton. During that session, we will give the background and pedagogy behind the ILP. The real stars of that presentation are the students, parents, administrators, librarians, and teachers who will share their stories of success and struggle. If you want to know about the benefits and challenges of the process, this is the session for you! For those looking to see the ILP in action, we will also do a classroom demonstration on Sunday morning at 8:30 in room 210 of the Convention Center. Participants will get a feel for how we help students make sense of the CCSS, develop guiding and essential questions, and create activities that support their skill progression and their understanding of the content. This is a chance for you to experience the process through the students’ eyes. We invite you to participate and provide feedback.
If you’re attending the conference this weekend, what are you hoping to see and learn? Let us know which sessions you’re attending. We hope to see you there!