I had a completely different plan for my One Little Word this month, but as all things do in life...I am taking a detour toward "listening"that occurred this weekend. On Saturday I had the privilege of listening to Chirs Tovani. Instead of "talking back to the text", I was "talking back to the speaker" with the annotations I made in my notebook. I sat down on Sunday to "reread" what I was thinking, what I determined was important, questions that I still had...below you will find my "jots" from a part of my conversation that went on between myself and Chris in my notebook. No, she was not actually talking to just me. This process of "jotting" helps me to have a record of the dialogue with myself, the speaker, and the issues and ideas that I was "listening" to at that moment so I can get smarter about our literacy world.
Chris Tovani has a way of putting what I know and feel into simple, beautiful thoughts. I am so happy that I took the time to annotate...just like I ask my students to do...because I can "listen" to this conversation again and again while using these jots to adorn future conversations with a colleague, with my grade level, my school, and my blogging world.
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