Leafing through my photos I stumbled upon this cute picture of me and a couple Texas teachers. I knew one of them from the Central Texas Writing Project, but the other I met on the plane ride there. We were on our way to Vegas for the Nat'l Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual bash. Vegas and a teachers convention? Not the best fit in my mind, but so much fun.
I hope every teacher, at some point, has the opportunity to attend a national literacy convention at least once.
I miss the days that I had several opportunities a year to travel and meet with like minds to learn, exchange ideas, and bond.
I miss the days when our schools had adequate funding to buy books, materials and deliver meaningful, ongoing PD.
There are still opportunities for growth. BUT you must seek them. You must learn new spaces for interaction. You must stretch beyond comfort zones. You must really want it.
Do we want it enough guide our own learning? I think everyone slicing is either there of on their way.
Cheers to all who are writing. Cheers to all who make it a point to read, do better, be better.
Our students' lives depend on our continued learning.