What a crazy week it has been, but in the end, I got to hear Donalyn Miller, and that my readers was just...plain...awesome!!! She has so many great ideas, and the message from the VSRA conference was....tweet, tweet, tweet! I guess it's time for me to figure it out. More information to come on that, but for now...here's the highlights from my week!
On Wednesday, we got back into school and really worked on reviewing all of the writing skills we've learned this year. I am so proud of my students hard work this year with writing, but I know by the end of the test, we were all feeling like this.
Thursday kicked off the soccer season for my oldest. It's hard to believe this guy is a senior. Oh how I've enjoyed our soccer seasons. His team won 2-1!!
On Thursday, I abandoned my family for professional development (ah-hem...time away!). Seriously, I *love* going to our annual reading conference. Each time, I learn *so much*. This year, the conference spotlights Tanny McGregor (Comprehension Connections and Genre Connections), Stephanie Harvey (Nonfiction Strategies), Chris Lehman (Close Reading), Laura Robb (Reading/Writing Workshop), and Donalyn Miller. I just finished Donalyn Miller's The Book Whisperer and Reading in the Wild. I *HIGHLY* recommend them. I hate to use all caps, but they are that good. In fact, I will be sharing more about them in future posts, and I'd love to discuss further with others. They will be reread for sure, and guess what...Andrea, my blogging buddy from Reading Toward the Stars, and I got to talk to her for a few minutes before and after her talk!! I was amazed that she is still in the classroom, and I was so pleased when she signed my Reading in the Wild book. We talked a bit about her latest blogging adventure, The Nerdy Book Club. If you are looking for a class read aloud or books to recommend to kids, you might start there to read the book reviews that have been shared.
I am feeling so proud. I just signed up for Twitter and wrote my first Tweet! You can follow me at Comp Connection@Carla Fedeler. I have no idea yet how this will work, but I am officially *on Twitter*. I will be reading and tweeting about these books next. I am curious what others think about them.
Have a great weekend, readers. I hope the weather in your area will be as nice as ours. From what I understand, we're once again having the calm before the storm. Urgh! Spring, please come!!