Ruth Ayres, Pernille Ripp, Donalyn Miller and Susan Haney started us off. All four helped to get the crowd motivated. I knew as I listened I had made the right decision to be sure I didn't miss the event this year. All four speakers shared important messages about standing behind literacy learners.
|Hilliard Teachers: Julie Keefer,|
Deb Frazier and myself at #nErDcamp.
Amy Smedley and Lauren Davis
were also in the house. :o)
Colby Sharp, Alaina Sharp, Suzanne Gibbs, Niki Barnes, Jen Vincent, and a whole nerdy crew do an A-MAZ-ING job of keeping this together AND making everyone feel at home.
Here are a few of my takeaways:
Build Reading Relationships: Sue Haney shared ways she builds reading relationships as the principal in her school. Students come to her office to check out books. She reads to a grade level every other week. This not only gives her time to enjoy reading aloud with students, but teachers are able to meet to plan. She works to find real authors to connect with kids. She also helps to organize high school athletes who come in to read to students. These relationships are maintained across the summer as students can come to check out books at the school.
Be Intentional: Franki Sibberson shared some of her thinking about digital literacy and supporting readers in her reading workshop. She shared some of the ways digital tools/text make new things possible for young learners. She talked about being intentional in digital text selections, digital tool selections, and the teaching mentors we choose when planning our work with students. This intentionality will then transfer to the work students are doing daily.
Learn Their Stories: Ruth Ayres shared a beautiful analogy of all the baggage young literacy learners can bring into the classroom making it hard for them to write (and read). This baggage becomes something that keeps them from learning and makes it hard for us to see deep inside to know who they really are and how to best support their learning. It makes it hard to know their stories. She talked about the little things we can do to help students feel safe (choice, compromise, listening, etc.) and celebrated in our classrooms so we can learn their stories to better support them.
Find New Ways into Books: Marisa Saelzler led a large group that turned out to discuss the possibilities for maker spaces. Resources were shared and new ideas considered. Not only to maker spaces encourage ownership and creativity, but I see them as a way to bring different types of learners back to books. (Resources and notes are here. You'll want to check them out.)
Let Them Lead: A large group turned out to talk about EdCamps for students. We discussed why edcamps might be important, ways to get them organized, how to monitor their success, and benefits for students. I'm really thinking about the idea of students holding an EdCamp for parents. It's seem like the perfect way to get parents to come to school to see what students are learning.
All sessions have notes that are linked to our main schedule document. Check them out! Mark your calendars for next year...