Old treasure from the files

Pie in the Sky party 003

Hi everyone,

As you know from my whining lately, I’ve been filing and recording. This inevitably leads to leaping down rabbit holes and coming up an hour later wondering where the time went. One such side trip resulted in rediscovering this picture. In 2009 we held a conference in Springfield that I dubbed Pie in the Sky. After a day’s work the speakers assembled at our house for a meal and refreshments. It was a great experience and beneficial to area teachers who would normally have to attend a national conference to meet and learn from these headliners. They are, from left to right, Ruth Culham, Lester Laminack, Aileen Wheaton, Laura Robb, Evan Robb, Sandy, and Mary Jo Fresch.

Good times and good memories. There is something to be said for filing after all!

A waylaid panelist shares his mentor texts

BULLETIN: Linda Baie tried to leave a comment on the IRA site and said it’s not working. Each time you type in the code, it’s rejected. I just tried twice and had the same results. I sent a note to the editor and hopefully the problem will be cleared up soon. I’ll let you know when it is. Thanks for your patience.

Hi everyone,

Remember when I got shut out of the Google Hangout with Ruth Culham, Kate Messner, Lisa Yee, and Varian Johnson? The link I was provided would not work that evening even though it had worked the night before when we rehearsed. I gave up trying when there were only 15 minutes left in the program. Next day I was invited to post my own list of suggested mentor texts on the IRA blog, so I did. And now it’s posted. If you’re interested, here’s the link.
http://www.reading.org/reading-today/ira/post/news/2014/11/13/a-waylaid-panelist-shares-his-mentor-texts

Mentor texts

Hi everyone,

Some of you know that when the night came for Ruth Culham’s Google Hangout hosted by International Reading Association, my link failed me and I was never able to join the rest of the group to participate in the show. Talk about bummed out!

As a follow-up though, the moderator for IRA, Jayme Gravell, talked with IRA editor April Hall, and they invited me to send along my suggestions for mentor texts to add to their blog post. I thought it was quite gracious of them and I accepted. Here’s the link so you can see what has already been posted. Mine should come along before long.
http://www.reading.org/reading-today/ira/post/news/2014/10/30/making-the-most-of-mentor-texts-the-google-hangout-on-air-takeaways
My question to you is, do you use mentor texts yourself and, if so, what sources would you recommend? The floor is open.

David

Google Hangout Tuesday night

Hi everyone,

The other day I told you about the upcoming Google Hangout with Ruth Culham and four panelist authors. This is a reminder that the event is coming up next week on Tuesday night. We’ll have a rehearsal Monday night and then stand by for fun the following evening.

I hope you’ll hang out with us and tell anyone you know who might be interested to come too. It’s free and I like the topic of using mentor texts.

It’ll stream live on the IRA YouTube channel. The link is: http://www.reading.org/YouTube. When we’re finished it will be saved on the IRA YouTube page so people who couldn’t join us live will be able to watch it at their convenience.

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Promotional piece for upcoming Google Hangout

REMINDER: Be sure to vote for the word of your choice for October’s Word of the Month Poetry Challenge. Voting ends tonight. To vote, scroll down to the poll shown on September 22, click in the circle beside the word of your choice, go to the bottom of the box, and click on vote.
SPECIAL PLEA TO TEACHERS: Many teachers have worked with their students in the past to write poems for Word of the Month and post them in the Young Poets’ special box. I hope that as many of you as possible will encourage your students to vote for the October word and then write poems for you to post. This is a celebration! It’s our 5th anniversary!
Thanks!

Hi everyone,

The other day I told you about the upcoming Google Hangout with Ruth Culham and four panelist authors. Here’s a fancier version of the announcement, far better than my poor means to create.

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