I'm really looking forward to the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English this week in Boston. For starters, here's what NCTE is all about:
The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. This mission statement was adopted in 1990:
The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.
Doesn't that sound good to you? I mean, I know it's not the most exciting thing in the world... but still. That's a pretty worthwhile mission.
I've been spending a lot of time with the Standards lately, so it'll be really interesting to here what the people who actually teach them have to say about them.
So if you're going to be there, stop by booth 840 and say hello. Draw some cards and tell some stories. Check out the new t-shirts! We can talk about Common Core. We can get our teacher on, and we can talk shop. I love talking shop.