This week’s posts are dedicated to summing up my experiences at All Write 2012.
In between some fields of corn and beans, just east of the “Egg Basket of the Midwest”, is the small town of Warsaw, Indiana. Warsaw is the home of the Tigers, as well as an annual educator’s conference supported by 24 area school districts that invest in professional development focusing on best literacy practices. Hundreds of educators gathered here on June 21 & 22 for the 7th All Write Conference. They met with their mentors: Ralph Fletcher, Katie Wood Ray, Ruth Ayres, Patrick Allen, Donalyn Miller, Franki Sibberson, Debbie Diller, Jim Burke, and so many more. They listened and thought about their classroom practices, their students, and their own habits. Inspired by their mentors, they learned how to be better educators.
This week you will read what I walked away with, and discover why I sought a seat toward the front instead of my ever-comfortable last-row-slot.