I don’t want to give the impression that attending conferences like NCTE is not thought-provoking, challenging, and intellectually hard work. There are always so many smart people under the roofs that it doesn’t take someone like me too long before I find myself in quite the heavyweight discussion. (Realizing, of course, that I’m like a bantamweight in the bout – which then often leads me to go to my only tried and true move when I find the neurological waters, too deep: nod head, rub ear lobe, make direct eye contact, think of a few multi-syllabic, academic sounding words to include in my next sentence: “Yes, but does the empirical evidence statistically support the metacognitive perspective on that assumption?”)
Works like a charm!
Here’s a photo of just such a moment. Me and a few very deep thinkers contemplating how best to address the upcoming challenges of Common Core.