10ish Things I Learned Over the Weekend

20180915_085949.jpgI was honored to be able to attend the Indiana State Literacy Association (ISRA) Fall conference. I used to be heavily involved with this organization when it was still called ISRA (Indiana State Reading Association).

The main reason I wanted to attend was because Pernille Ripp was the keynote speaker. I was not disappointed in either her keynote or her breakout session. She is a unique educator and reading warrior and a seventh grade English teacher.

Here are some highlights!

Her keynote was full of great educational wisdom and in the fashion of a true writer, she used her unique voice and uttered several funny statements.

  • Pernille was able to live in the United States with her mother on 3 occasions in her childhood. When she was 18 she moved to Wisconsin where she said,

I met a boy.

That boy introduced me to a much better boy.

Thank God!”

 

  • She started teaching in 4th grade (Like me!) and she said, “I graduated college with my fictitious lesson plans.” This made me laugh because it is true! I know in college we learn the whole process but my lesson plans never look like the ones from college in the “real teaching world”
  • “I know the student through the stories that we share.”
  • “If I know the books you like I know you more deeply as a person.”
  • Reading needs to be fun.

We cannot say that reading is the most important and then not give them time to read!

 

To Create Readers We Need:

  • Inclusive libraries – kids read more when they are surrounded by books. Even if the school library is right outside your door, that sometimes is too far. You need books in your room.
  • Sacred time to read
  • Exploration of self and reading identity
  • Choice to discover what they like or dislike
  • Relevant and meaningful work
  • Building a community of readers

 

The question that stayed with me:

How do we protect the hope of readers?

 

Her breakout session was about picture books and how to use them in the classroom. She reads a picture book to her 7th graders on the first day of school to kick the year off correctly.

 

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My Amazon cart and library holds are going to be busy bees!!

If you have the chance to hear her speak, do it! She is inspiring and heartwarming.

 

Who is a professional you would love to hear speak?

 

6 thoughts on “10ish Things I Learned Over the Weekend

  1. How inspiring! We are a lab class for implementing reader’s and writer’s workshops in our district. There are a lot of routines at the start of the year that need to be in place before the workshop models can be effective. #classroombookaday has really helped to build community and reach a wider range of Ss, while encouraging them to experiment with theme in a non-threatening way. Definitely jealous of your experience and thanks for sharing your nuggets!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your takeaways. “How do we protect the hope of readers?” is certainly a question worth pondering. A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to attend a session of hers at ILA in Boston. She’s a dynamic speaker and her blog is an incredibly rich resource.

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  3. I had the opportunity to hear Pernille speak at ILA during a lunch event and she was absolutely amazing! I’m excited that she’ll be a featured speaker at the Virginia State Reading Association conference in March. She is such an incredible educator!

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  4. Mmm… that sounds amazing. I would love to hear Pernille Ripp & am grateful that you shared what you learned. I’d also love to hear from Kelly Gallagher or Penny Kittle – and so many others. Ooh, now I’m dreaming of the talks I could attend…

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