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#AASL13 Blog Teasers November 19, 2013

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By Carolyn Starkey

The conference is over and we’ve caught our breath. It’s time to reflect, ruminate, and rehash our #aasl13 professional learning. Here are some preliminary thoughts from the first wave of school library bloggers. Follow the links to read their full reflections. You might find yourself nodding in agreement….

From Crain Seasholes, Books ‘n Bytes from a freely circulating librarian blog

#AASL13: An Adventure in Shared Learning 

Books and Bytes #aasl13Having sailed through a perfect storm of people, ideas and information in Hartford these past three days and pausing during a layover in today’s return to Seattle, I want to jot down some of what I saw, thought and heard. The intensity of interactions during the face to face to face to face professional development like #AASL13 leaves me both exhilarated and exhausted. What’s the take away?

From Joyce Valenza, SLJ: The Neverending Search Blog

AASL: The unconference report Joyce Valenza #aasl13

Friday night a team of teacher librarians, and a few friends, hosted AASL’s first unconference. It all started with a conversation with Susan Ballard at a CiSSL Retreat at Rutgers this summer.

From Cathy Jo Nelson, Cathy Jo Nelson’s Professional Thought Blog

#AASL13 Revisited — Day 1

nelson #aasl13I promised to break my #AASL13 reflection down and not overwhelm you all with long wordy posts.  But you know I just can’t help it. My friend Pat Hensley over at Successful Teaching recently modeled sharing session by session, and that is a great way to do this, but I don’t take notes very well. So I’m going to attempt a daily reflection. This is a summary of Day 1 – Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

From Laura Pearle, Venn Librarian: Reflections about the intersection of schools, libraries and technology blog

Data Driven at #AASL13 

pearle #aasl13Most of us are not math people, but even the numerically challenged should question this: “‘We Hate Math,’ Say 4 in 10 — a Majority of Americans” | Degrees of Freedom, Scientific American Blog Network via kwout But when such thoughtful and challenging speakers as Debbie Abilock and Kristin Fontichiaro are giving a presentation entitled “Slaying the Data Dragon” it’s difficult to resist going. 

From Meg Donhauser, Heather Hersey, Cathy Stutzman, and Marci Zane, Letting Go: How to Give Your Students Control Over Their Learning Blog

Reflection on #AASL13: The Importance of Student Voice+

ILP #aasl13On Friday, November 15th, we presented the ILP to a group of educators at the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition in Hartford, CT.  As part of our presentation, we shared video reflections from students who have experienced the Inquiry Learning Plan, which is one of our favorite parts of the presentation to share with others.



1. Thomas St. George - November 20, 2013

I can’t tell you how excited I am! I attended my first national conference and I am so happy I decided to pony up the cash and go. Not only did I get more than I paid for in free books but the sessions were amazing! Plus it was great to see members of my old ACES Advanced ARC LMS Faculty Advisory Board. I also made some great new contacts at CASL thought volunteering and will be working on next year’s CECA/CASL event. Regretfully, I did miss the opening key note speaker of the conference at 4:30 PM of the opening night, because I had to pick up my kids from school. However, I was able to attend the closing key note, Peter Bregman on Saturday afternoon. It ended up being the only book I actually paid for, but I read it from cover to cover on Sunday. How inspiring. I knew I would love it when I read the authors that wrote reviews.

In the closing chapter of the book I was reminded of why I became a Teacher / Library Media Specialist. Throughout the book the author, Peter Bregman, constantly stated to focus on your strengths and not your weaknesses. However at the end he mentions one exception to this rule of not focusing on your weaknesses. —READING! —In the book Mr. Bregman explains that his friend Brandon’s business had failed one year and Brandon decided to take some time off to refocus. Brandon is Dyslexic, so Mr. Bregman advise him in his time off to focus on reading. “If he could tackle reading it will not only open doors for him, but he will also conquer the one thing he though he couldn’t do. That confidence will change everything else in his life.”

I was a struggling reader myself as a young technical high school student. I am embarrassed to say that I know I only visited the Norwich Tech library a handful of times in those four years. Later, when I overcame my struggles with reading and began to love it, a world of opportunities was opened for me, and it built confidences that I never had throughout elementary and high school. It was, and continues to be, a snowballing effect in my life. Reading is a powerful tool. It not only engages, but it inspires and motivates.

Don’t get me wrong I love the technology, and that might hook many of our students, but they still need to know what to do when they get to something bigger than a paragraph online. We are all so fortunate to have our positions and the opportunities they provide us to help our students with reading.

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