Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.) Here’s a poem I shared recently, but I’m sharing it again, since it’s on the postcard I’ll be handing out to everyone I meet at NCTE next week in Baltimore.
Here’s my schedule — hope to see you there! And I’m including a tidbit from each of my sessions that maybe some of you teachers will find helpful. This also went out in my eletter for educators–Salas Snippets–along with links so they could see my full handout for each session. Please subscribe if you’re interested!
9:30-10:45 a.m. – Room #323
Playing with Poetry: I’ll be presenting with fabulous poets Marcie Flinchum Atkins, Mary Lee Hahn, Carole Lindstrom, and Carole Boston Weatherford. In my bit, I’m talking about how using gaming elements can make young poets less intimidated and more willing to take risks while writing poetry.
Tidbit: Use the phrase, “Let’s try something! Let’s…” when introducing something new and potentially scary. This lets kids know that it’s an experiment, which could succeed…or fail. And that’s okay.
Signing Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle at 11 a.m. at Lerner #930. I believe Lerner will be selling the book for $10.
Signing In the Middle of the Night at 2 p.m. at Boyds Mills Kane #831. I believe the book will be free.
3:30-4:45 p.m. – #315
Teaching Poetry Through Inquiry: In this session, we’re talking about using inquiry in both reading and writing poetry. My bit will be in the reading portion, and I’m delighted to be presenting with Liz Steinglass, Matt Forest Esenwine, Heidi Mordhorst, and Mary Lee Hahn. Sadly, I got double-booked, so I’ll be here for the intro and my bit (I’m first up), then I’ll disappear and return for the Q&A portion at the end.
Tidibit: The most useful question for me is, “What does this poem mean TO ME?” The least useful is, “What does this poem mean?” Only two words separate those questions, but they matter a lot. Here’s my handout for that session.
3:30-4:45 p.m. – #308
Inquiry Through Wonder and Curiosity: I’m sharing a table with Christie Wyman, but I’ll only be there for roundtable session #2. Both of us will be sharing different ways of using images to spark poems, along with student examples. She’ll handle the first and third sessions on her own.
Tidbit: The I Made a Mistake Poem game is a fabulous ice-breaker. Kids write beautifully when NOT rhyming. This game lets us play with rhyme right up front and lets me make a fool of myself while the kids stump me, eventually, with un-rhymable words! Then we ditch rhyming and get to writing.
Signing Snowman-Cold=Puddle: Spring Equations at 5 p.m. at Charlesbridge #1023. I think the book will be free.
Children’s Book Awards Luncheon – 12:30-2:30 p.m.: I’ll be a table host! Everyone at my table will get a free copy of Snowman-Cold=Puddle. Whee!
I haven’t seen the entire NCTE schedule yet, but I think I’ll be at an unofficial session about nonfiction on Saturday morning at 9:30 with some Lerner and Chronicle editors.
Saturday night, if I’m still upright, I plan to go to the Nerdy Book Club gathering.
And on Sunday morning, I’ll be at the CLA breakfast where Yuyi Morales is speaking!
Excited to see so many inspiring educators and writer friends!
For lots more wonderful poetry, don’t miss the Poetry Friday Roundup with Michelle at Today’s Little Ditty! She’s celebrating the release of her second anthology of DMC poems, and I’m super honored to have two poems in this one. I can’t wait to read the whole thing–her first anthology has been full of mentor texts and ideas for me:>)
Matt Forrest Esenwine says
Looking forward to seeing you there, Laura – I can’t believe I’m finally going to NCTE for the first time!
Jessica Bigi says
poem by Jessica Bigi
We are Moor than Dots
A spot of rain
a million tears
me and you on earth
a speck of dust
thousands of words
thoughts before sharing
million hearts counting
A wish set free
we are moor than a dot
Have fun, Laura. It sounds wonderful, and I love your dot poem, a ‘gem’! FYI – your link on TLD takes us back to TLD!
Michelle Heidenrich Barnes says
Whoa. That sounds like one packed schedule, Laura! Lots of fun, but you aren’t kidding about the “if I’m still upright” bit. Your dot poem is such a great one to hand out to people (what a wonderful mentor text!) and I love all the practical tidbits you’re offering. Just make sure to take your vitamins. 😉
And that doesn’t even include all the meet-ups and meals scheduled in every free moment:>) I will take my vitamins and drink lots of water!
Tim Kulp says
Thank you for sharing you poem! I am attending NCTE for the first time and looking forward to meeting the poetry Friday people who attend! Best of luck in your sessions. I am planning on trying to catch at least one.
Thanks, Tim! NCTE is a big, beautiful ball of chaos. Don’t try to do everything, but try to enjoy every moment of what you DO choose to do. Looking forward to meeting you!
My favorite dot – “a kitten, curled.” Reading about everyone’s NCTE schedule makes me wish I could be there. I’m hoping to make it to Denver next year. I still remember meeting you and Irene Latham (and taking a picture with the two of you) at my first NCTE in 2014.
Aw, Ramona, such a great memory. A huge conference, but with so many small, personal connections made and strengthened:>)
Linda Mitchell says
oooooh, writer-girl you are busy! I hope you are finding moments of peace in between all the exciting ones. Many congrats on Snack, Snooze and Skedaddle. Have FUN at NCTE!
Thanks, Linda! And this doesn’t even include all the meals and meet-ups on my schedule. All great stuff, but…I will need some recovery time :>)
I love this so much, Laura! I can’t wait to see you at NCTE. Safe travels. xo
Can’t wait to see you, Linda!
Michelle Kogan says
Love your “Dot” poem from where it starts to where it ends inside you! Your sessions sound marvelous–take a breath in between if you can, thanks Laura!