I spent the weekend in Pittsburgh at the PCTELA 2017 Conference. Wow! Our chairs, Amy Nyeholt and Julie DiNples, put together a fantastic program. Thank you Julie and Amy.
My job is to work the registration table. Here it is all set up before the first people arrive.
I really enjoy doing this because it gives me a chance to greet people as they come. It is always great seeing returning faces as well as first time attendees.
Here we have Amy and Julie welcoming everyone to the conference and then introducing our first two speakers.
Our first two featured speakers were people whom I have known for several years and consider friends. Jennie K. Brown is a PCTELA Board member and a past PCTELA president. She is the author of the Poppy Mayberry series, her first book which was published last year and her new one which was just recently published. On a side note I am planning on going to her book launching party on Saturday.
Sharing the stage with her was Jason Griffith. Jason is a Writing Project Fellow whom I met several years ago when he was going through the project and I was asked to present a lesson to the group. He is getting his doctorate and is ABD. His first book, From Me to We was just published.
Jennie was the first to speak. She focused on why she writes. It boils down to one word: inspiration. She writes to inspire kids to read and write.
Jason then spoke about narrative non-fiction.
One problem he sometimes sees in research papers is that students either have no citations on a page or else everything is cited and there is no student reaction. To combat this he likes the one page research paper. Students get one page to give one quote, one source, and their thoughts on the cited text.
These shots are not the best, however, Jason’s entire presentation, along with a 20% coupon for his book, can be found at his web site under PCTELA 2017. That site is: breathedeepandteach.com.
I think I will let our next speaker, Laurie Halse Anderson, go until next week.
One final thing I would like to say is that one of the perks of being on the PCTELA Board is that I get time to share a meal with friends and slicers I haven’t seen in a while. Great seeing you Aileen Hower and Lynne Dorfman.