This weekend I got to spend time with some fabulous Georgia educators at the Georgia Council of Teachers of English conference at gorgeous Lake Lanier. Learning with a community of passionate educators is inspiring and revitalizing!
As our conference was ending, the Dublin Literacy (#dublit) conference was beginning. Kylene Beers, one of the keynote speakers, started with praising Twitter as one of the best free professional developments out there. I know this because I saw it on Twitter.
So in that spirit, I’m recapping GCTE with my top ten tweets and the top ten tweets of other attendees. I hope you find some inspiration as well as something that makes you reflect and question. And maybe you’ll find some innovative educators to join in the Twitter community as I have.
Tweets are in no particular order. You can view more by searching #gcte16.
My Top 10 Tweets from #GCTE16
- Celebrate diverse authors bc they write from rich tradition & provide uniqueness to landscape of Am lit – not just bc of the “month” #gcte16
- Diversity does NOT mean a diverse character used for “decoration” in story. Look for complex, central diverse characters-Dr Flowers #gcte16
- Find what’s alive on the page. That’s what you keep. Dr. Judson Mitcham, GA Poet Laureate #gcte16
- I can’t wait to tell my Ss that the GA Poet Laureate has been working on a poem for over a year! #gcte16
- Students can’t develop style, voice, or craft if the only writing they do is a major paper once every 6 weeks. @cwatersELA #gcte16
- Change in education can’t happen w/o Ts in the classroom. No ivory tower posses this power, only Ts have that power. @cwatersELA #gcte16
- By focusing on writing, Ss will have to read for deeper understand bc u can’t write on it unless you’ve read it deeply. @cwatersELA #gcte16
- Use film as an intro to teach Ss to ask why the author/director does what s/he does? w @spruillschool #purposeful #authorscraft #gcte16
- Film in class is text and should be purposeful. @spruillschool #gcte16
- If we don’t teach Ss to critical evaluate visual literacy, we are doing them a disservice. -Kyle Jones #gcte16
Top 10 Tweets from Awesome Attendees of #GCTE16
- Dr. Sylvia Spruill @spruillschool: “Poetry Props” w/@susanclaireb “It’s ok to walk away from a poem with questions.” She encourages us not to kill poetry for our Ss! #gcte16
- Dr. Sylvia Spruill @spruillschool: “We can’t ask students to leave who they are at the door. If we do, we’ve lost the battle.” Powerful reminders @GCTEnglish conf! #gcte16
- Dr. Sylvia Spruill @spruillschool: “All language is anchored in a moment.” – Darren Crovitz #gcte16
- Julie Rucker @jrucker8: Poetry reading is a performance… Provoking a desire in listener to experience the poem in silence, on the page–Judson Mitcham #gcte16
- Julie Rucker @jrucker8: What is important is that somehow, writing can be learned.–Judson Mitcham @GCTEnglish #gcte16
- Julie Rucker @jrucker8: “English teachers, you are necessary, you are valuable, you are doing vital work!” Judson Mitcham GA poet @GCTEnglish #gcte16 @ncte
- Steven Landry @horsesandwhales: “Remixing is writing. Writing helps students share the silence of their voice.” – Ana Martinez @GCTEnglish #gcte16
- Krista @englishkunkle: #gcte16 @ncte Addressing needed skills will spark a fire students didn’t know they possessed.
- Susan Barber @susanclaireb: Sometimes you have to do what’s wrong if it’s what’s right for students @ncte #SusanHouser #gcte16 #studentsbeforepolicy
- Marla @MarlaDelores: When teachers give each other supp help &love they grow in their ability to change not only the lives of students, but their own too #gcte16
Bonus Read: YOU MUST READ THIS POST! Jennifer Serravallo totally nails it with her powerful post, Supporting Independent Readers and Independent Reading. She challenges us while providing practices to support readers with independent reading time. YES to everything in this post!
Please, please, please. Enough with the multiple choice quizzes. There are other ways to check in with readers in ways that holds them accountable while also supporting** them and making them more excited about reading. Instead of outsourcing this to a computer program, teachers can regard independent reading time as instructional time. -J. Serravallo