Wow, SoMIRAC was in the house! (For those of you not in-the-know, SoMIRAC stands for the State of Maryland International Reading Conference — a heck of a satellite for IRA.) Talk about a bunch of revved up reading teachers doing it to it in Hunt Valley, Maryland. From the young authors who read from their work to a line-up that included Smoky Daniels, Janet Allen and Sara Holbrook to the hundreds of great teachers I got to meet and speak with, it’s just such a shame that the media makes America’s teachers out to be good-for-nothin’ unionized lazy-bones who simply want to live off the fat of the tenured land.
That is just so NOT THE CASE!!!
It’d be nice to see more teachers and educators portrayed in a positive light, don’t ya think? If there is one benefit to doing all the things I strive to do, it’s that I get to see up close, firsthand how there are scores and scores of people out there on the front lines working with our nation’s kids that make me feel proud of this profession.
If you love books, literacy, reading and teaching, IRA is the real deal.
Truly, educators ROCK! And SoMIRAC rocked the house.