I love participating in Slice of Life, started by Two Writing Teachers and writing a story, reflection, or musing.
First Nerdy gathering at the original 2013 nErDcamp - it's certainly grown since then!
The power team! 2013
What's a literacy conference without book shopping? Janet Frost, Louise Borden, and I stopped at Bookbug on the way home. 2013
Arrival night gathering 2015
Day one at the 2015 nErDcamp
Usually, I love the Facebook feature of memories popping up each day, but this week, it's just reminding me of what I'm missing! It's always an opportunity cost to figure out which literacy conferences/workshops/camps/retreats to attend throughout the year. The choices are rich in learning and experiences. My favorites in the past have been the NCTE Annual Convention, the OCTELA (Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts) spring conference, Dublin Literacy, the Choice Literacy Writing Retreat, OMLA (Ohio Middle Level Association), and nErDcamp. My cohort, when she can come with me or I with her, is Megan Ginther. We love attending these events together, and usually co-present. My Slice of Life about our escapades together can be read here.
Unfortunately, we just can't attend all of them - money, time, and family obligations keep us from going to every one. This summer, we decided we wanted to go to All Write in Warsaw, IN for the first time. Because of that, we decided to skip nErDcamp. Both were several hours away, and we had other trips with our families planned, so it was difficult to go to both. However, seeing the pictures of the surprise speaker and guest, Kate DiCamillo, and all the tweets of learning going on, I'm having conference envy! Fortunately, I can follow on social media, and the folks at nErDcamp usually put together all the resources from the camp for those who can't be there, but sigh....it's not the same. I think I'm going to have to go back next summer!!