I was hoping that we would have some time in class tonight to talk about Mandy’s and my experience at the Conferences in NYC. However, I do understand that we are always pressed for time during class. Nevertheless, I’ve been doing some writing about the NYSEC Conference on my blog. Since I don’t really feel the need to write about it twice, I figured that I could just give you all the link; you can look at it as or if you please.

I just want to add, that attending such an event had an astounding impact on me. I can’t describe what it was like there. Anyone who shows up is guaranteed to leave as an eager teacher. The enthusiasm shown by all was breathtaking. I got to pick up so much free stuff too! I don’t know about you all, but I love free stuff. I can’t begin to tell you how awesome Kozol was. He was so very animated. Not to mention there was a freak moment when the lights went out during his speech; I know, another story for another time. Freaky stuff, though.

Seeing Nancie Atwell was a treat in itself. It wasn’t the content that motivated me–it wasn’t exactly new, she was really just giving another example like she talks about in her book–it was her aura. I can’t explain it… when she walked in the room, 30 minutes late, it was like the President had entered. It was good stuff.

That’s all I’ll talk about on this blog, but, like I said, if you’re curious, I wrote more about the experience–and my session–on the blog.

Ray H.



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2 responses to “NYSEC Notes

  1. mandygrl101

    Ray: you are right about Atwell having a President-like status! I can attest to this, since despite her being late, the conference room was still standing room only. People were estatic when she walked in… Further, despite being late and rushed, she was very composed and gave a very enlightening and inspiring speech.


  2. sofiapenna

    I am so glad that you were inspired by the conference, because that’s what it’s all about, right?! You and Mandy have left some great comments for us and I appreciate your sharing. Thank you. Sofia

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