I read Tony's piece and Ruth's piece reflecting on All Write, and I loved how they did such a wonderful job synthesizing the main concepts of our two days together -- in one case, the paths our own learning takes and in the other, the notion of security.
I loved what both Tony and Ruth had to say, and they inspired me to reread my notes several times to capture the essence of what Chris Lehman, Carl Anderson, Jeff Anderson, Ruth Ayres, Penny Kittle, and Lester Laminack all shared.
One of the topics I wanted to investigate more was research. Chris Lehman talked about revising our research notes -- spending time revising and rethinking about the things we have learned. So, I decided to put his words into action. I pulled up all the ideas that I had captured in Evernote, and then began a new note - one titled, "Processing". It was here that I did my revising (see screenshot). To use his words, by completing this exercise, I rearranged my thinking about what I heard at the conference. I was able to whittle down some of my notes from speakers and try to crystallize their main points. Other times, I was jotting down reflections about a quote from someone that really got me thinking. What a powerful learning tool this was for me.
I listened to Penny Kittle in several sessions, and she clearly shared the importance of teachers sharing our own writing and writing process with our students. That's not why I did the revision and rethinking of my original notes, but it will certainly be a side benefit. And I truly can't imagine not engaging in this practice when doing any type of research again. It truly did help me clarify my thinking. As I work on writing projects in the months ahead, I think revising my research will be a strategy I come back to time and time again.
Other slices can be found at Two Writing Teachers,
Ruth and Stacey's blog, the blog that inspires us all to be here.
Thanks so much to both of these wonderful women for providing us yet one
more format in which to write!