What I love most about going to conferences geared toward disciplines other than my own is that I get to see things from a different perspective. I get new ideas for collaboration, and I get a deeper understanding of the practices of educators and administrators in other subject areas and at different levels.
This weekend, I had the great opportunity to attend the New Jersey Association of School Librarians‘ Fall Conference. As an English teacher, I felt an extra responsibility to really soak in all I could and gather as many resources for my department as I could. I went in with the obvious interest in reading and literacy, but the connections I made by listening to Buffy Hamilton speak about “transliteracy” and her Media 21 project as well as Carol Gordon discuss her studies about summer reading assignments got me to re-examine my school’s approach to our curriculum. Continue reading