GREAT PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS TODAY
Wow! What a great day! The morning session on the Standards for the 21st Century Learner was very lively. Over 100 school library media specialists integrated Standard I using patterns and inferences on topics like healthier school lunches, “Ordeal by Cheque,” and the book Grandfather’s Journey. Gave the old brain a workout!!
“Turn Teens on to Reading Through Booktalks” had a very impressive panel: Dr. Joni Bodart, Megan Honig, Walter Mayes, Yvonne Weinstien, Gina Kyung-ah Moon with Nancy Keane as a participant. Memorable quotes include one from Ms. Moon, “Sell the sizzle, not the steak.” Meaning with teens, you have to tantalize them to read the book and let them internalize the message themselves. Walter Mayes had the shortest booktalk among the panel. From Harry & Me by Gary Paulsen, “If you want to know what happens when you pee on a live wire, read this book.” Lots of practical suggestions and a lot of laughter.
Well, I’m off to Morton’s for cocktail hour!! Until tomorrow….Sherry