I’ve been accused–more than few times–of being a work-a-holic. And maybe there is some truth to that notion, but it is because my work is so much fun that a lot of times it seems like play.
I headed out at the crack of dawn Wednesday morning to fly across the country to join my writing project colleagues in Boston for the National Writing Project Annual Meeting that is held every year in conjunction with the Annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference.
The Annual Meeting is an opportunity to gather with writing project people from all over the country, to learn from each other, to share ideas and reconnect. And it is fun!
This conference begins by seeing old friends and learning about what is happening in their places and then offers more formal opportunities for learning from each other.
We’ll spend all day Thursday and Friday in more formal settings, thinking about our students and our teaching…and thinking about how to support teachers and their learning too. We’ll consider writing in all possible contexts, across all content, across platforms, and across ages and experiences. And even though we will think hard, write a lot, and at the end of each day feel exhausted, we will continue our conversations over dinner, walking to and from our hotels, over an evening cocktail, and maybe even into our dreams as we finally sleep. Because these moments spent face to face with our colleagues from all over the nation are to be savored. They are work and they are play.
We’re here, Boston! Ready to work and play in this special place.