I have not had the time or space to fully reflect upon my learning experiences at ILA in St. Louis.
Except that it was invigorating to be constantly surrounded by and connecting with ...
- Passionate educators who care so deeply about students, reading, and thinking
- Teacher leaders in literacy education that I listened to very carefully to breathe in every word and the opportunity to meet some of them, even if to briefly chat
- Amazing authors trying to reach children and adults of all ages with the power of story through words and illustrations
- NerdyBookClub members who remind me that I can't read them "all," but they will continue to share the love of reading and book titles. (Oh, Jill. That reminds me. Here is your reminder to dust off that blog of yours. It's Tuesday. Go write yourself a little slice of life!) :)
- Two amazing colleagues who live in this surreal world of never-ending learning with me and lots and lots of laughter! I can't thank you enough for your time, your passion, your understanding, your belief in me, and your laughter! (I wonder what Rick is doing now...)
As I left St. Louis last Monday, I was driving in the silence of my car -- alone for the first time in 84 hours -- and all I could do was think about the power of the conference and connecting with so many members of my PLN.
I relived moments. I was in awe. I smiled in delight. I thought about how I grew and changed in just three days. I questioned my goals and dreams for myself. What will I be in 5 years? Where will I be in 10 years? I wondered ... what's stopping me from growing to be what I'm supposed to be? I'm left with more questions and wonders -- and plenty of room to grow!