Monday, May 12, 2014

Don't Present. Rather, Start a Conversation

This past weekend, I was fortunate to be a part of North Bay CUE's spring conference: Techy Tools for the Common Core.   I was thrilled when the ever-inspiring and always-positive Amy Fadeji brought me on board to be a presenter.  Bringing strong literacy instruction and strategies to all kids has been my passion for over a decade now.  Infusing technology into reading and writing instruction has especially been my driving force for the past two years.  Naturally, I planned to give a presentation about just that:  Making ALL of Them Readers and Writers Using Tech Tools.

The great thing about my presentation this past Saturday was that it wasn't a presentation at all.  Rather, it turned into a great conversation with a classroom full of kindergarten through seventh grade teachers and a few literacy coaches thrown in for good measure.  We learned from each other, shared many resources, and engaged in an open and honest dialogue about where we need to take reading and writing instruction in schools.  It was simply fantastic.

I may be standing at the front of the room, but I was facilitating
a conversation as opposed to delivering a presentation.  Thank
you to all who attended to make the day a huge win for all! 

In the classroom, many of us have moved away from the "sage on the stage" model of instruction.  Starting a conversation with students and inviting them to think, question, and wonder is far more powerful than only delivering direct instruction.  Perhaps this is where we also need to go with our professional development.  Let's stop presenting to teachers and start having open and honest conversations where we encourage each other to think, question, wonder, create, and inspire.

Thank you so much to the organizing committee at North Bay CUE for the wonderful opportunity and experience this past weekend.  It was well worth the drive and the time.  Keep up the great work!


  1. Hi Christina. I am the librarian at Penngrove Elementary. I'm very impressed with your page and your writing. I'm sorry I missed meeting you Saturday. I hope to meet you at a future CUE and get in on one of your "conversations". They sound awesome! :)

  2. Hi Laurie! Thanks for much for the kind note. Hopefully, we'll get to connect another upcoming CUE event. Are you going to any of the CUE Rockstar camps? Right now, I'm scheduled for Monterey and Manhattan Beach. Looking forward to it!

  3. I was so pleased to attend your session last was fabulous! I really appreciated your openness & facilitation!

  4. Hi Krista! Thank you so much for the kind words. I'm glad you found the session helpful. Let's keep the conversations going!


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