Teacher Casebook Roundtable: A GCTE19 Reflection

Six of the original case writers for the Teacher Casebook interact during a roundtable at GCTE

The Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) annual conference once again re-energized and rejuvenated me as another spring semester begins. I love this conference for many reasons, but none more important to me than the conversations I have with fellow teachers outside of the school setting. The conference reminds me every year how much I take for granted teacher discourse across contexts and experiences, which is so valuable and energizing to my own practice.

This year Nick Thompson and I conducted a roundtable discussion with six of our original case writers for the Teacher Casebook project we launched just a few weeks ago. Inside the post is my reflection of the experience and what we hope are the next steps in the project.

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See You @ GCTE 2019!

If you’re in Brasstown Bald this weekend for the Georgia Council of Teachers of English annual conference, be sure to come find me.

I’ll be facilitating our first ever roundtable for the Teacher Casebook on Friday at 1:00PM.

Saturday, I will help facilitate the second year of “The Future is Now” roundtable where preservice teachers share their experiences and research during student-teaching.

I look forward to catching up with many and enjoying some much needed, personalized PD!

A Pleasant Surprise: 2018 NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence

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We all know that Mondays can be the toughest day of the week. When you start a new job, a Monday comes with new, previously unknown challenges. That said, yesterday was not a daunting day, but I did come home rather tired. I got a nice boost of energy when a surprise email popped into my mailbox at 4:09PM. Here’s a snapshot:

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I honestly, truly was not expecting to see this, but I am over the moon. I was selected as one of the fourteen educators to be recognized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) as a 2018 Teacher of Excellence. NCTE is an organization that I respect, love, and admire. I deeply appreciate the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) nominating me for the national recognition after winning their Teacher of the Year award this past February.

Forgive me for indulging in posting this on the blog, but as one might imagine, I’m pretty stinking excited. Thank you to the many, many, many friends, family, and colleagues who are very much a part of this recognition. This simply does not happen without you!

GCTE Reflection: Being Named Teacher of the Year

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What a weekend! I have been an active member of the Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) since I was a preservice teacher over twelve years ago, and I have always enjoyed the annual conference the years I have been able to attend. Really, my doctoral pursuits really plugged me back into the organization as well as the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). I have presented at both conferences several times in the last five years, but this year was particularly special and was by far my favorite GCTE conference. Continue reading

See You @ GCTE!

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Just 24 hours before #GCTE2018 begins! As I wrote about in a previous post, I have several of my colleagues presenting this year. I am so proud of them, and I am thankful to call them colleagues and friends. I highly recommend their sessions! It also appears most of my doctoral cohort mates will be at the conference and presenting as well, so I am really looking forward to a reunion with the folks I toiled away with towards our respective doctorates.

My friend and colleague, Glenn Chance, and I will be presenting on leveraging visual literacy tools to aid students understanding and use of author’s purpose–all through the use of Banksy’s art and documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop.

Interested? Stop by and say hi! Below is our session info:

Exiting Through the Gift Shop: Enhancing Non-Fiction Instruction through Banksy, Documentary, and Memoir”  Saturday, February 10 during Breakout session G from 9:45 AM – 11:00 AM in Room D