Decisions, Decisons! What a happy dilemma!
Franki over at A Year of Reading had a great suggestion of sharing what you are looking forward to attending at the upcoming NCTE. I do pay the extra $20 to get my program book ahead of time (and I do mean book! It’s over 380 pages) to pour over. It is really hard to decide as there are an average of 50+ sessions to pick from fourteen different times over 3 days!
The first thing I do in the program is find the Conference Planner (page 35-36) and mark off the block of time for the Books for Children Luncheon (Love It!) . I’m also planning on attending the Middle Level Mosaic Workshop, which is a double-block. Then I start by looking through the index for authors and my favorite professional authors who are attending and then look up their sessions. I move on to friends from near and far who are presenting to see if their session will fit in the blocks I have left, and so on.
Here’s what I’ve narrowed it down to. I do realize this isn’t a very narrow list:
NCTE Author Strand-Adolescent Literacy: Moving from Principles to Practice
Poetry Party! Celebrate NCTE Poetry Award Recipient Lee Bennett Hopkins
Babymouse and Lunch Lady: Creating Graphic Novels for the Younger Set
Enlarge the Reading Circle-How to dramatically increase reading comprehension and engage reluctant readers
Reading Between the Lines of Nonfiction: Going Deeper into Informational Text Through Student Driven Discussions
Finding Your Voices Through Poetry: Young Children as Listeners, Readers, and Writers
Book Choice Matters: Teaching Young Learners How to Make Wise Independent Choices (Franki, Debbie Miller, Ann Marie Corgill, and Karen Szymusiak)
Laurie Halse Anderson at the ALAN breakfast
The Reading Zone’s presentation on Engaging Middle School Students Through Read Alouds
Virtual Book Studies
Literate Lives of Children: Topics and Trends in Elementary Education
Cafe in the Classroom: Helping Students Visualize Literacy Goals and Teachers Maximize Assessments to Guide Instruction
The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Phenomenon: Jeff Kinney Talks about Drawing in Reluctant Readers
Twenty-Five Years of Literature Circles: From Book Clubs to Inquiry Circles
Reading Like Writers, Writing Like Readers: Teaching Students to Study the Craft of Writing (Carl Anderson!)
Katie Wood Ray: The Joys and CHallenges of Teaching the Youngest Writers
Effective Adolescent Literacy Instruction (Jim Burke, Alan Sitomer, Jeff Wilhelm)
Young Adult Literature in the 21st Century: NCTE-ALAN Two Day-Workshop