As many of you know, this weekend I had the awesome privilege of attending the National Reading Recovery Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Oh.my.word. It was FABULOUS! It was one of those energizing, research-saturated, useful, thoughtful, teacher-changing, collaborative, eye-opening, can’t-wait-to-get-back-to-my-classroom, mind whirling weekends filled with a hundred “ah-ha!” moments.
I loved every minute of it my sessions and the opportunity to get to learn from some of the best educators, researchers, and authors in our field. I am so blessed that my administration is so supportive of PD. On-going and consistent professional development for teachers is such a passion of mine. I love to work with other teachers for professional development and I love to attend PD myself. I have made it a point to attend some kind of big conference every year of teaching. PD is what keeps us refreshed, up-to-date, and knowledgeable about what works for kids. Education is always changing, and if we don’t possess the ability to change with it, we will “die” as teachers.
My head is still spinning with all of the information I took in. Since I can’t share everything I learned at the conference with you in one blog post (because it would be a billion pages long), I’m going to just briefly share some photos with you tonight. Then, I plan on implementing tons of the ideas I learned about into my classroom. I’ll blog about my classroom experiences over the remainder of the school year and share information with you in that way. I will also write some blog posts on some of the inspirational advice, book recommendations, and general educational knowledge that I learned from the conference.
Here we go!