I am late on this post. I have been neglecting this blog (which I told myself I wouldn’t when I started it) by moving, starting a new position, taking college classes, and just plain life. But, I do need to start back up writing about ideas in reading and writing.
I was able to go to NCTE. I had read about it through various blogs and knew that this was the event that I wanted to attend. Boy, it didn’t disappoint! I arrived by myself but was amongst friends. How could this be, you ask? Because of Twitter, I had many friends there that I had been following for over a year.
I arrived and tried to find the session that Donalyn Miller was presenting at. I finally did find it…but it was over. When I walked into the room, I was in disbelief by who I saw. I saw many people in person that I had been following through Twitter. I knew them…and as I introduced myself, I was welcomed. I saw Colby Sharp, Paul Hankins, Katherine Sokolowski, Niki Ohs Barnes, Jen Vincent, Kellee Moye, and so many others! I felt home. I felt reunited with my tribe!
The next day I went to several sessions, ate lunch with some of my nerdy friends, met authors at the exhibit hall, and grabbed some books and got them signed. Later that night, I went to dinner with Jen and Allyson. At the dinner, there were several other people. I sat with Meeno Rami, an excellent teacher from Philadelphia, and the founders of EdCamp (something that I want to do in my own district). I also sat with and talked with Sarah Mulhern Gross. It was great. I learned a lot from just sitting and became friends with these people.
After dinner, I was invited to the nerdybook club party. We took the elevator up to the top of the hotel. We got off and went into a room. This room was huge. While there and talking with some awesome teachers, I noticed that Jennifer Holm was there. I was able to talk to her for about a half an hour.
While I was there, I also found out that RJ Palacio, of Wonder fame was there. I was able to finally meet her in person. It was awesome!
I was also able to meet Lindsey Leavitt in person as well. She was the first author that my class last year Skyped with. She was awesome, in person and virtually! : )
I left this party, went back to my hotel room, and couldn’t believe what I had just experienced. It was seriously amazing.
The next day I was able to meet more awesome authors who were super nice and spend more time with my nerdy friends. I was also able to eat breakfast with publisher worker extraordinaire from Walden Press. It was great to meet her.
All in all, this was one of those most amazing experiences of my life. I met people that I will never forget and will always be friends with. I hope to meet all of you again at the next NCTE or another conference soon!