I’m fresh off the Massachusetts Reading Association’s annual reading conference, but I only say fresh because it comes with the saying. Actually, I’m whooped from driving to Quincy from western PA and back again in two-and-a-half days, with a full day of sessions and presentations thrown in. But tired as I am, the conference is still very much on my mind.
One of the many conference highlights was Georgia Heard’s keynote address. Regarding her talk on writing and children and schools, here are some of the statements that resonate with me. They are paraphrased, voiced as I remember them, and then mixed with my personal observations and comments, which I tried to contain within brackets. I hope to remember Georgia’s keynote points well enough to use them naturally in my work with teachers and students in the upcoming school year.
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