Sunday, February 24, 2008

Dublin Literacy Conference 2008

Saturday, February 23
+/- 700 teachers and librarians
8 great authors: Pam Munoz Ryan, Jenni Holm, Jennifer Roy, Melanie Watt, Sharon Taberski, Jen Allen, Aimee Buckner, and Terry Thompson

Lots of fun moments, but this was my favorite: I was doing my presentation on blogging. Approximately 1% of the conference attendees were in my session, most notably, Megan, from Read, Read, Read. Karen came in towards the end. Katie was at the conference, too, and of course, so was Franki. Small world, eh? It gets better.

My formal (if you can call it that) presentation was over and conversation had turned to tracking blog statistics. I went to SiteMeter. Just for fun, I showed them the world map view of the last hundred visitors to A Year of Reading. When our blog was new, I used to spend a lot of time poring over that map, wondering how someone in India or Australia had found our blog. It's been a long time since I looked at the map. As the cursor passed over the UK and the ID box for Glasgow popped up, I realized that I knew who that was! TadMack, you, too were at my presentation on Saturday. Now that's a small world!


  1. Anonymous6:11 PM

    The Lit conference was what I needed to get out of the winter blues. I love that it's always in February to jump start my thinking again. I appreciated Sharon Tabersku's theme was to Simplify!!! Oh how, I tend to complicate things too much. I came away with a refreshed newness for some ideas to implement.
    Thanks for all the committee's hard work. It was a huge success.
    Shelly: the blogger fan

  2. How fun! I just got done typing my post on the literacy conference that I will be posting on Tuesday, and I see you are on the same wavelength!
    It was a great conference, and I am so glad you introduced me to the world of blogging!
    I totally agree with Shelly about what Sharon T. said -- my plan is to continue to simplify in my classroom, and make time for what really matters - lots of time for students to read and write.

  3. Ooo, You so beat me to it, but I am determined to get a post up about the conference. It was such a pleasure to meet you and so fun to be at the conference. I will not forget that day for a long time.

  4. Anonymous11:50 PM

    My sister had a great time. Thanks for bringing 'Jennifer Roy' to Columbus. I'm SO coming to the conference next year.

    Julia DeVillers


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