Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Slice of Life - Inflight Thoughts

Inflight Thoughts

Solid lights
Twinkling lights

Sprinkle the ground

Celebrating days of 

Solid lights
twinkling lights

Sprinkle the ground

Celebrating home

I heard a message over and over at NCTE.  If you teach ______ then you need to be a ______.  If you teach reading, you need to be a reader.  If you teach writing, you need to be a writer.  If you teach poetry, you need to be a poetry reader.  I've been trying to write personally using digital tools on the go but what I'm discovering is bigger pieces are great on my laptop or my iPad.  It's the little nuggets during my day and little day to day snippets I'm not good at capturing digitally.  When I was packing for NCTE I decided to take a notebook and start writing things, anything that came to mind.  It worked a bit.  I filled 6 pages, the beginning of a writer's notebook.  This was a piece I captured while flying home and revised a smidge tonight.

Thank you Two Writing Teachers for fostering a writing community.


  1. Mandy, it was great to see you again and have a chance to visit at dinner on Saturday. I love the way you captured essence of the convention, but also the reality of the next steps. (We were on similar wavelengths coming home. I drafted most of my slice on the plane, too!) Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  2. Sounds like you came away from NCTE with some big truths! I didn't get to go this year, but when I did, I was always thinking about the conference for several months…

  3. Six pages while at NCTE is nothing to sneeze at! You were so busy! It's great that you took time to write.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Mandy.

  4. Mandy, it was an incredible experience. I love your focus on What Now? Thanks for sharing your inflight though, especially the movement from reflection to action. Something we all need to remember after an experience like this. It was great to meet you at the Slicer dinner, but next time I want name tags and blog names on them with maybe even a visual of the blog...I'm such a visual learner. It's fun to stop by slicer blogs now and connect faces I met with their blogs.