Last week I talked about going to the PCTELA conference. This week I thought I would share a bit more about it.
The conference takes place over two days – Friday and Saturday. For the last few years I usually work the registration table along with another person. Because people are still coming in and picking up their materials packet during the opening featured speaker’s presentation, I don’t get a chance to hear the speaker. This year was no exception.
I did, however, sneak in to get a few pictures of him.
H. Bernard Hall is an assistant professor of English Education at West Chester University. His topic was “Hip-Hop Education”. From the little I heard while taking pictures it was an extremely interesting presentation. I wish I had had the chance to hear more.
As you can see from this picture, those hearing him were interested.
One of the things that makes this conference fun is that there are door prizes given away each day of the conference. Here are the prizes for Friday.
Now that there was a break at registration, I was able to attend a breakout session.I chose “Supporting the Literacy Skills of Students on the Spectrum” which was given by Aileen Hower.
Aileen spoke about different types of students speaking of their strengths as well as their needs. One point she made is that a useful strategy that works with autistic students is to ask them to “Make your body match” – see what others are doing and emulate.
One nice thing about PCTELA is that included in the conference fee is breakfast and lunch. The food at the Hilton in Harrisburg was delicious. Here you can see people going through the lunch line.
After lunch it was it was time for the next featured speaker – Cynthia Lord. Cynthia spoke of the 4 things needed to become a writer: read – Write – Learn – Dream.
She also spoke of the job of an editor which is to “push you to a point where you write what you couldn’t have written when you started:.
It was then off to another breakout session. This time it was “A Novel Approach: Teaching Research Skills Through Historical Fiction: by Cindy Minnich. Cindy is a friend of mine. Infact, we worked for the same district although different schools. She teaches in the High School where I taught in the Middle School. She is just amazing. The ideas, the energy, the caring for her students. If you are ever at a conference and you get a chance to hear her I strongly urge you to go. You will not be disappointed.
Following round table discussions day one of PCTELA came to a close. This is getting wordy so I think I will keep day two until next week.