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From the Current Issue:

Recalling NCTE13 and Much More

2013 NCTE Annual Convention in Boston"NCTE is the loom where we weave the tapestry of our professional life. . . . NCTE is the lamp in the room of my professional life." Reflections on NCTE 2013 -- Mary Lee Hahn

"Sitting down for our last Boston meal with my dear friend, conference buddy, and co-presenter Alie, we tried to list our top three NCTE moments. We quickly exchanged three for five, acknowledging that three was impossible, and then five had to be traded in for 10, and now it's a blog post from my phone at the back of the bus because how can we even begin?" Nourished Soul: NCTE 2013 Was Incredible -- Priscilla Thomas

"I immediately felt a sense of belonging in this larger community as I was greeted, embraced, and introduced to new connections. I found people -- lots of them -- who were "like" me! Enthusiasm and passion for all things literacy and children were shared liberally among colleagues, authors, and presenters. Regardless of individual credentials and roles or the states and regions we represented, it was undeniably clear that those gathered joined together to work towards common goals for students everywhere." The Magic of NCTE -- Melissa Guerrette, first-time attendee

"What I love about conferences is this learning that transcends session titles, content, and presenters. It is the new learning that occurs as I muse per my notes, as I talk about the sessions with my colleagues, as I blog about my day. This learning counts; all that is going on around me waits for me to pull it in and learn." What Counts -- Teri Lesesne

"Taking the time to attend the NCTE conference each year reminds me of the significance of the work we do in public education daily and helps me to stay focused on what matters most -- children." Raising Our Words: (Re)Inventing the Future of English #ncte13 -- Cathy Mere

"We left this conference confident that we need to stay focused on our students and remember that the moments we have in classrooms provide the most powerful data. In a time when assessment has become such a heated topic we were thrilled to hear so many talking about the importance of watching our students and using formative data every day. Formative data is about teachers and students. In the past year we have found ourselves repeating the same words again and again when we are collaborating with teachers -- it has become somewhat of a slogan for us. The messages we heard at NCTE 2013 validated the importance of these words -- Teachers Matter, Kids Count!" NCTE 2013--Teachers Matter, Kids Count! -- Tammy Mulligan and Clare Landrigan

"This weekend made me remember why I have chosen, and why I stick with, this crazy, difficult, all-consuming profession. I was reminded that, first and foremost, I am a learner. My students are my curriculum. Everything else is secondary." Thankful for NCTE -- Meryl Sweeney

See more convention reflections

 

Tune In Wednesday for an NCTE Convention Recap with Ernest Morrell
Education Talk Radio, Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 9 a.m. ET (or listen to the archive at your convenience)


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