Back from NCTE

Thank you for putting up with me being gone for half of last week.

I can assure you the conference I attended in Chicago was well worth it — I spent four days with hundreds of other English teachers and YA librarians from around the country. I participated in workshops and round table activities, attended presentations by leaders in the English teaching field, reunited with my summer in London 2010 colleagues, and got TONS of publisher swag. I’m returning to school next week refreshed with many new ideas for teaching writing & reading, not to mention laden with dozens of new books for the classroom (many of which won’t be officially published until this spring or summer — lucky you!).

Oh. I suppose I should also tell you I schmoozed with  John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, Sharon DraperCarolyn Mackler, Tim O’Brien, M.T. Anderson, Walter Dean Myers, Gareth Hinds, Jacqueline Woodson, and several other authors. I am still swooning. Your friends Jay Asher was there and I got two copies of his new book that isn’t getting released until tomorrow.  Chris Crutcher was also at the conference, but I didn’t get a chance to talk to him. I was hoping to meet Maureen Johnson, but she had to cancel at the last minute. Oh well.

See you all tomorrow for our two last days before Thanksgiving break!


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