Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday's Slice a Day Late
Yesterday, four colleagues and I drove from Northbrook, Illinois, to Springfield. We're here for the Illinois Reading Council Conference, one of the highlights of my professional year. As we drove through the flatness of the Illinois countryside, there was much talk and laughter in the van, and very little talk of school.
I'm so happy that I'm not attending this conference alone this year, as I have in years past. I am a social person, and I find that in order to fully process information, I need to talk about what I've seen and heard. After a day full of sessions, I like to talk to those who have traveled with me, dissecting bits and pieces of the various presentations, figuring out what will work for me in my classroom and what won't. Those debriefing times are among my favorites.
Yet, how many times do I forget to offer my students that same opportunity to talk and debrief their own learning?