Slice of Life Tuesday is hosted by Two Writing Teachers
NCTE 2016 is now officially a thing of the past; no longer do I think or speak of it with the anticipation of its arrival (full of excitement and hope), or the in-the-moment experience of its taking place (full of joy and wonder). I refer to it now in the past tense: I went, I heard, I saw….
…and there is such a sadness in that.
This once a year gathering of friends, colleagues, edu-luminaries, beloved writers and illustrators, just seems to go by much too fast. It’s the event I begin looking forward to once again as soon as the last session ends; even as I pack up my piles of new books and prepare to fly back to New Jersey, I am thinking of next year.
Why? Because teachers need NCTE, we need forums in which to collect together, share our challenges, learn new ideas, form and strengthen bonds of friendship and professional admiration. We need to know that in this ever shifting landscape of education, there are core ideas and ideals that we can articulate and find ways to hold tightly on to. We need the collective spirit of being together in one place to coalesce into a renewed sense of joyful purpose.
NCTE 16 is now indeed a thing of the past, but this is what I get to keep:
*memories of conversations that filled my soul and renewed my teaching spirit
*wisdom gleaned from educators I so admire, which filled my notebook pages and will inform my teaching in the months to come
*a sense of being connected to something larger and more empowering than being just one teacher in one school – we are stronger together, and our students deserve our collective commitment to working to make their learning lives matter.
How lucky am I that I was a part of all this? That I have so much, still, that I get to keep?