Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mull and Shusterman at NCTE

At the NCTE Convention in Orlando, one of my favorite sessions that I attended was an Author Strand session, featuring Young Adult authors, Brandon Mull and Neal Shusterman. Click on the above video link to watch a clip of Neal Shusterman reading the opening pages from his novel, Bruiser.

Afterwards, I had the pleasure of meeting Brandon Mull and Neal Shusterman, both of whom signed copies of their books for me. I was even lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Mull's newest novel, Beyonders, which isn't scheduled for publication until 2011.

Brandon Mull signing a copy of Beyonders for me.

Neal Shusterman signing a copy of Everlost for me.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Countdown to NCTE Orlando

Only three more days until sunny Orlando for four magical days of professional development in the heart of Disney! Now that I have flipped through the nearly 400-page digital convention booklet, I have determined which sessions I most want to attend. Below is what my tentative NCTE Orlando schedule looks like for the first two days of the convention:

NCTE 2010

Orlando (11/18-11/21)

Thursday, November 18th

- Check-in at Disney Caribbean Beach Resort. Take shuttle to Disney Coronado Springs for Convention.

- Universal Studios after 2pm

- Harry Potter movie marathon 6pm-3am

Friday, November 19th


A. 06: Building Teacher Communities Through Social Networking (pg. 55)


B. 25: Author Strand: Brandon Mull and Neal Shusterman (pg. 74)

B. 52: A Look in the Rearview Mirror: What Did and Didn’t Work in a Pre-Service English Education Program (pg. 80)

12:00pm-6pm (ongoing)

Coronado/Veracruz Exhibition Hall


C. 22: Putting Art into Language Arts


E. 34: Beyond Graphic Novelty: Transforming the Hype into Powerful Practice

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Getting Pumped for NCTE Orlando

In five days I will be taking a mini break from student teaching in order to attend a major professional development convention in Orlando, Florida. Last year, one of the most significant choices I made in advancing my professional career was to join NCTE, the National Council of Teachers of English. I attended their 2009 Annual Convention in Philadelphia, at which I attended excellent workshops on learning how to teach graphic novels, how to integrate technology in the classroom, and how to use reading strategies to enhance comprehension. Over the past several days, I have been eagerly flipping through the online program, attempting to narrow down my session choices for this year's convention. There are so many seminars I would like to attend, some of which include: Building Teacher Communities Through Social Networking, Author Strand with Brandon Mull and Neal Shusterman, and Putting Art into Language Arts.

One of the greatest resources available to English teachers at this convention, is the Exhibition Hall, in which publishers from companies such as Scholastic and Random House, bring advance copies of Young Adult Literature texts, which they willingly distribute to the teachers. Many times throughout my student teaching experience I have been able to foster a love of reading for my students by loaning them books that I received at last year's convention. Avid readers, they eagerly soak up new materials, constantly asking for more suggestions. Hopefully after this year's convention I will be able to bring back new books and new choices for my students.