Lots of old friends at this meeting — but not as many new faces. I have no hard numbers to back this up, but like many reading conferences lately, this one seemed smaller and more sparsely attended. Is it the economy? Is it that schools are too tied in knots over NCLB that there is no time for letting teachers go hear about new ideas? Is it because NCLB not only mandates what kinds of classroom materials teachers can use and curriculum specialists can buy but how professional development money is spent (must be on “scientifically” proven methods?) More and more teachers must pay their own ways to conferences in addition to paying for their own subs. That’s rough in this tight economy.
In every spare minute, I’m chipping away at my new manuscript with Allan Wolf. This is going to be a fun one. At least I’m having a lot of fun working on it.
SNOW on the way home from PA — real snow rounding the curbs and tree limbs and slushing up the streets. Amazing.