Last week in Teaching Land, I went to Houston to the #NCTE2018 Conference. I have many stories to share about all of the wonderful sessions, people I met, and conversations I had, but I need to focus on one particular experience.
Here is my story on how Laurie Halse Anderson helped me find my voice…again.
I learned something about myself this weekend: I really like the idea of roundtable discussions. Everyone at the table has an opportunity to be heard. The presenter and listeners depend on one another for the roundtable to be successful.
I chose to attend a session called, “Teaching for Equity and Justice with Young Adult Literature.” We had 20 something tables to choose from and only 2-3 rounds in the entire session. I overheard two teachers saying that Laurie would be talking at the “Speak” tables. The first table was titled “Date Rape in Speak.” Heavy topic, yes. But, even though I’ve only been an educator for 5 years, I’ve seen a great deal with how teachers, administrators, and students handle this topic. I just, I don’t know, I needed to be around others who would willingly have these conversations with me. Honestly, I needed to know I wasn’t the only one who felt a great burden when asked to teach this topic. So I went to the first round table in search of camaraderie.
*Microphone Click* First session begins.