I’ll be presenting on Friday, May 7, 2010 at the Ruth Fox Elementary Writing Festival.
So this year’s MRA conference was a success. Boy, am I tired. I arrived early on Saturday to drop off inventory to the booksellers, and then prepared for my first session on “Visual Literacy: Understanding Comics” to discover the lamp on my projector had burned out! Oh no…
This is something that I knew would eventually happen – one of those things that you think, “I’ll worry about that sometime in the future”. The problem with these lamps is replacements are VERY expensive, and having a spare on hand does not really solve the problem if the bulb burns out during a presentation, as they take about 40 minutes to take the unit apart. So thankfully, a loaner projector was provided thanks to the wonderful organizers of theMRA and everything was fine! My session was full, and my next session was even more full on “Creativity in Education”.
Then Sunday I hosted a table at the MI author and illustrator breakfast, presented the Young Author entertainment, and then was honored at the Made in Michigan reception. Then the night was finished with performing a MoTown parody song as part of Barry Lane‘s musical cabaret!
Busy weekend making new friends and reconnecting with old ones! I love Michigan Reading Association!
I will be leaving for Traverse City this week for the Michigan Association for Media in Education conference at the Grand Traverse Resort. I will be presenting a 3 hour Understanding Graphic Novels workshop for teachers and media specialists, as well as a shorter Graphic Novel breakout session. The presentation is useful for any educator that wants to encorporate comics into their lessons, or for librarians who want to learn more about how to shelve them. The idea is to open up dialog and answer questions about a form of literature that many grown-ups want to better understand for their students.