Hello world, I have returned to St. Louis from the Steel City and have had a few days to recover and get to know my twin toddlers again. For those of you out there who are English teachers I cannot encourage you enough to attend. This is my second year attending and I’m hooked. So many brilliant people and ideas that it makes myhead spin. Not only that, but I met (and remet) so many great people who are doing wonderful things in their classes.
For those of you who have never attended, let me give you a brief idea of the weekend as I experienced it. We flew into Pittsburgh on Thursday, arriving in time to register and get to the opening banquet. The dinner was packed and I, unfortunately, had to take a phone call from my wife so I didn’t hear the speaker but I understand she was excellent.
From there the fun began. The convention is basically set up with different sessions to attend on a variety of different topics. They last about 75 minutes with 15 minutes between sessions to get from one to another. My first session was chaired by Nancy Patterson on the topic of CyberEnglish. This was a great session. I was intrigued by the idea of a completely online teaching class. On Saturday I had the pleasure of spending about 2 1/2 hours with Ted Nellen talking about his experience with CyberEnglish and how I might implement this in my school. Ted’s vision is amazing and I look forward to more interaction with him. More on CyberEnglish to come.
There were two other items that I think I would be remiss to leave out from my first post-NCTE post. One of the people that I met last year at NCTE in Indianapolis was Louann Reid, editor of the English Journal. She is a brilliant woman who gave me some of the best advice about the NCTE conference
In addition to Louann, I want to recognize the following people and thank them for the conversation and for including me in the after hours get together. It was great to see you whether you are new friends or those I’ve met before. Stacy, Brannan, Terry, Michael, Greg, Jeff, Amanda and Kevin.