This morning I spent a wonderful morning at University of California San Diego (UCSD) attending the San Diego Area Writing Project’s (SDAWP) Fall Conference. I was able to attend 2 amazing workshops, but the best part about the morning was going through it with my friends. Four of my colleagues from work were able to attend this morning’s conference as well. I am so fortunate to have people at work that I can share ideas with. We can talk about how we are using the new information we learned with each other. It’s nice to have others around you who “get” it.
The other thing that I enjoyed from this morning (besides the workshops) was seeing my SDAWP friends from the Summer Institute. I was able to reconnect with friends I made and ask them how their school year was going so far. It was like a reunion and there were many hugs given during the continental breakfast before the workshop began. In a few months we will be getting together again to plan the SDAWP Spring Conference. I am sure it will be a lot of hard work, but I know we will also have fun because we get to work with each other once again.
As far as the workshops went, I attended a workshop lead by Aja Booker, teacher from San Diego Global Vision Academies Middle School. Her workshop was called Writing Strategies to Support Complex Text. Wow. I thoroughly enjoyed her presentation. Aja gave us strategies we could use in our classrooms tomorrow. The strategies she shared will help students gain a deeper understanding of challenging and difficult text. Even though the presentation was geared towards 3rd-8th grade, I believe I can adapt what she shared to meet my needs in 2nd grade.
I also attended a workshop given by fellow blogger, Barb Montfort (Wear the Cape). Yes, I finally got to meet her in person! I have been following her blog, so it was nice to talk to her in the flesh. Her workshop was entitled Embracing Uncertainty: Exploring Digital Tools for Digital Writing Purposes. As educators we would not wait to teach literacy. Therefore, we should not wait to teach digital literacy either. I learned something about mindset from Barb. There are two kinds of mindsets-fixed and growth. When you are of a fixed mindset, you avoid challenges and give up easily when faced with a problem. You find reasons why something cannot be accomplished and you ignore useful negative feedback. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset embrace challenges, persevere, look for people who can support them, and listen harder. I realize I want to be of a growth mindset. Barb encouraged everyone to embrace technology, especially when it comes to digital writing. I, myself, would have never considered getting a Twitter account or even starting a blog. But, here I am. Thanks to SDAWP Summer Institute. Here is a picture of my friend embracing Twitter.
If you are still wondering if you should get a Twitter account, here is an informative article written by Kim Douillard, director of SDAWP, entitled Why Not Try Twitter?
It was an eventful morning. It reminds me of what I need to do next in my classroom with writing. Once again, I am energized. I cannot wait for the Spring Conference!