Middle Level Matters — #NCTE17

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The NCTE Annual Conference began with a question from the #middlelevelmatters meeting: What would YOU write about? This year is the 25th anniversary for the professional journal, Voices From the Middle, and a special edition was unveiled. (Thank you for the copy, NCTE!) This collection of past articles from the journal inspired talk, about struggles and celebrations, and included a challenge — to write.

What will I write about? I’ll write about my reading, my thinking, and my goals for the future as a literacy educator. Since I love sharing my learning, I hope you will join me.

I’ll consider the hashtag presented last Thursday evening: #middlelevelmatters. Middle school is a crazy time for students and their teachers, and I love the days I spend living in the mix of it all. The three main take-aways presented at the NCTE conference about middle level learners are: 1) they need a voice, 2) they need choice, and 3) they need to know that someone loves them.

Stay tuned for posts about these three vital parts of middle level education.

(Image shared from www2.ncte.org)

 

 

Slice of Life Tuesday: Starting a New Club for Those Slicers NOT going to NCTE!

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I’m starting a new club — who wants to join?

Requirement for my club: You will NOT be attending the FABULOUS NCTE conference at the Gaylord Resort at National Harbor this week! (#NCTE14)

Just kidding.

I WAS going, but…you know, life. And money. And work. Well, I will definitely be logged in on Twitter and Facebook to see all the wonderful learning posts and all the reunion comments by those in attendance.  I will be working, going to the orthodontist with my daughter, grading reading and writing notebooks, and attending a parent conference. Later this weekend, I will complain of the cold, make some crock pot dinner, and watch movies with a cup of hot tea. Then, I will try to get some Christmas shopping done, pay the bills, and read more books. Finally, I will let the dog out, write some essays, and get some sleep… and dream of “next time” –when I will be able to attend the conference and meet all of my Slicer friends in person!

Have a great week everybody!