Also - if you have a moment - check out my guest post for School Library Journal's Connect the Pop blog. "Harnessing Fandom to teach the Hero's Journey" Loving Star Wars and Harry Potter is good for education!
As some of you know, I spent last week at a conference for gifted education (though the overall focus is on enrichment pedagogy, so it works for more than just gifted educators). I got my master's degree through UConn and ended up coming back every year for this conference. I also volunteer, and one of my big jobs is to attend the Keynote sessions and write summaries for the conference newsletter.
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Spending a week doing this writing definitely caused me to lose steam on my fiction WIP, but I'm trying to wrap my head back around Cassie and Meghan's tale so that I can get back on track. I wonder if students also find it difficult to switch modes, or if it's partly because I'm just not used to it.
There were unique challenges to writing in this format. I was trying to capture some of the details from the session, along with the spirit of the speaker. Taking pages of notes and distilling them down into less than 400 words was tricky, to say the least. Yet the positive feedback I received from friends and colleagues was very reinforcing. It reminded me that not everyone loves to write. Not everyone has that drive within them. Doing this job last year was what enabled me to discover my voice again, and propelled me to dive back into writing, and for that I am immensely grateful.
I'll be posting my summaries and other information from my conference over the next few days. Stay tuned if you are interested in a keynote by Peter H. Reynolds (author of The Dot and Ish), transforming math instruction, motivating students, and more.