Every week, Ruth Ayres over at Discover. Play. Build. invites people to share celebrations from the week and link up at her blog. This is my first link up.
I have no idea how I will possibly synthesize the tremendous experience of NCTE. I plan to reflect (probably several times) in the near future. Today I just wanted to quickly celebrate the fact that I am actually here. Last year, green with envy, I watched all the tweets as people shared their learning and the amazing connections they were making. I vowed then to do whatever I needed to do to make it happen in 2013.
I am still pinching myself. The experience of meeting my online friends in "real life" has been surreal to say the very least.
One thing I was unprepared for was how emotional I would get.
I cried when we arrived.
I cried at the Donal Graves Legacy breakfast (which was AMAZING!!).
I cried when I saw Judy Blume, JUDY BLUME!!
Then I cried when Temple Grandin took the stage to start her presentation.
Most recently, I cried after Chris Lehman's closing remarks after his session on close reading.
I did not expect this aspect of NCTE at all.
I will certainly be sharing pictures, quotes, new learnings and memorable moments soon, but for now I will just celebrate the fact that...
I. Am. Here!