…experience hearing Steve Layne’s Balcony Keynote (I have been waiting forever),
…witness the amazing Chris Tovani engage me in a fascinating piece of literature (I went to Literacy in Motion first part of the week and then All Write),
…meet some of the incredible women that I ‘Slice’ with weekly,
… challenged again by the use of writing notebooks by Penny Kittle,
…agree with about 100% of what Carl Anderson said about Writing Workshop creating innovative thinkers,
…and be reminded again by Mary Helen and Tammy that great books always mentor us as readers, writers and thinkers
…and in the end, I heard loud and clear from Ruth Ayres and Deb Gaby that conferring, sitting next to our children, is the ‘heartbeat of writing workshop’ !
Meeting people who you already know from their writing feels just surreal, but was very special for all of us I think. Of course, all of us knew Elsie (L.C.), and Linda right away because they spend hours commenting on oh so many blogs every week. Immediately I wanted to pick Bonnie’s brain about Finland’s schools. We were all able to thank Christie for keeping track of all the March slices…what a task… and sweet Betsy who organized some of us to comment on new ‘slicers’ blogs. I found out that Ramona traveled all the way from Seattle and had such a delightful conversation with her about her wonderful students and family. Finally, Ruth … I only have one word for this amazing person…shine. She lights up the world with her encouragement.
In the middle of all of this I spent two farewell days with Emily, John and Sam. I spent hours on the toll-way trying to drive. Everyone in my family has now determined that this is no longer in my skill repertoire. Actually, I’m not sure that it ever was…let’s just say I am the exact opposite of an aggressive driver and that I only like traveling in the right lane and merging is usually disastrous. Luckily there were no major disasters except getting lost on the south side. I was maybe still crying from leaving sweet Sammie at the airport to fly home to Ecuador. xo nanc