Worked. Ate. Worked. Ate again. Worked some more. Most people worked on their resources; I got to coach a few of them.
Lots of teams here working on phenomenal resources to enrich the lives of rural sites and rural teachers. I love this network and I love this work. Here’s some reasons why.
Part I, in which Wordamour drives to the Crossings in Austin for a National Writing Project Rural Sites Network Resource Development retreat. The idea? Writing project teacher-consultants doing interesting site work at rural sites across the nation come together to begin transforming this work into a resource available for other sites to adapt and use.
Some photos from the Crossings, a lovely zen-like environ outside the city:
The walkway to the dining hall:
The best scones I have ever eaten in my life:
The infinity pool. That’s Austin in the distance.
The hot tub. Haven’t tried the pool or the hot tub since I got here; hoping this might be in my future tonight.
The kitchen garden, where all our delicious healthy meals begin. The chef was out there harvesting this morning but I didn’t have my camera.
Next Up: Live from Austin II: What We Did
Posts have been lean this week as I’ve been at the National Writing Project conference since Wednesday and they’ve kept me running. Spent yesterday at an NWP Rural Sites Network workshop about site bibliographies that was amazing (NWPCA leadership team: I’m thinking I could modify this for a great leadership retreat). Today was the General Session and workshops. Also my day to visit the book fair. Jump back, readers, I came, or rather, staggered, out of that book fair with goodies GALORE. In fact, despite having packed incredibly lightly, I am now a little worried about going over the 50 lb weight limit. I stocked up on pens (my personal fav; on principal, I never buy pens but snag them at conferences), advanced reader’s copies (Kevin Brockmeier’s latest!) children’s book posters, books to keep and books to give away, stocking stuffers and a even few goodies for The Perfect Grandson (no kidding, Monda, wait’ll you see). And that’s what I can remember off the top of my head. What treasure there was to be had this year. And it was a madhouse. Seriously, turning a bunch of teachers loose on this place when the doors open is kind of like the moment at a birthday party when the pinata finally bursts and spews candy everywhere. Someday, somebody’s gonna lose an eye. I swear, this year at the Scholastic booth, they came close. So, this is going to be a short post but tune back in early next week when I detail the specfic items I will be giving away in my DECEMBER WORDAMOUR GOODY GIVEAWAY. A working day tomorrow, planning spring and summer events for the Rural Sites. Right now, my amazingly soft Marriott bed is calling to me. Good night, y’all.