Saturday, November 27, 2010

nwpam10 General Session-Keynote Donalyn Miller

She had me at, "I hate writing. . ."

The Book Whisperer gave a inspiring speech on reading and writing in an elementary classroom. It was like she was saying all of the things I feel about writing. And all of the things I am sure my students feel about writing. She spoke of the struggles with writing and what a challenging task it is to be a writer. Donalyn Miller a great author, teacher, and speaker.

Donalyn's Suggestions for developing great readers:
  • Take your kids to the library
  • Self selection
  • Read with your kids
  • Read together
  • Read your own books
  • Converse about books
  • Books as gifts
  • Have lots of books around
  • Family Reading Time - Reading Matters
  • Don't force kids to read certain books

Other Featured Speakers

  • Sharon J. Washington, Executive Director of the National Writing Project
  • Yvonne Siu-Runyan, President-Elect of the National Council of Teachers of English
  • Pat Jones, Director of the Tampa Bay Area Writing Project
  • Ellin Nolan, President of Washington Partners, LLC

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