Slicers at NCTE

After strolling between tye palm tree-lined ally and entering the ginormeous Anaheim Convention center, I stepped onto an escalator almost as long as the Rosslyn Metro or Tenlyntown stops (my DC-friends get this comparison!). As I ascended, I noticed my first slicer Margaret Simons. She was decending on the opposite side. “Margaret! I’m coming to your session!” I shouted as the distance between us grew due to our moving stairs. And I was. The night before I jotted down a quick draft of sessions to attend using the conferene app. And Margaret was Thursday at 11am. As I glanced at the time on my phone, I confirmed that had just enough to get my lanyard badge from the registration desk and find her session room.

Margaret and her 2 friends’ session gently switch me from cross-country hurried traveler to reflective teacher ready to learn. Their session was all about poetry and very interactive. They modeled and shared poems and then asked us to give it a go. One form shared was an acrostic poem. “Pick a word and write it down. Then fill in the lines and not just with one word per line. That would not be an acrostic poem but simply a list peom. “

I picked NCTE and created this poem:

Necklace lanyard of green holds my name
California sunshine greats me to hear
Teachers generously sharing their success stories
Envigorating and inspiring the many who fill their audience chairs.

For someone who flew all the way across the country and was the only one from my district attending this conference, I was thankful to be a part of the TwoWritingTeachers community. Much more to share….check back next Tuesdays.


6 thoughts on “Slicers at NCTE

  1. franmcveigh says:

    Love this. Regretfully …. I did not make it to any of Margaret’s sessions. I was so happy to sit by her at the Slicer’s Meet Up in order to visit a bit!

    And wow. Reentry is rough. Hope you and your husband are enjoying your travels!


  2. margaretsmn says:

    Thanks for the shout out, Sally. I wish we had had more time to visit rather than a wave across the escalator and Slicer meet up table. Your acrostic is just right for NCTE memories. I’m still in Southern California and it’s glorious.


  3. Denise Krebs says:

    Sally, I was sorry to come too late to go to Margaret’s session, and I missed yours, as well. (In my poor planning) I saw your session too late, or I would have found you and introduced myself. So glad you had that gentle transition into NCTE. That California sunshine was lovely, especially on Thursday. Love your acrostic.


  4. kimhaynesjohnson says:

    Sally, it was great meeting you at the Slicer meet-up! Great memories here, and beautiful photos too! I can’t wait for next year’s conference when I am able to move around better and can get more places. I wanted to attend more of the sessions, but I really had to pace myself with my foot. Hopefully next year I’ll be back in the swing of things.


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