#NCTE15 in Top Ten Lists #celebratelu

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This week, I’m borrowing Mary Lee Hahn’s clever format for her reflection on her experiences at #NCTE15–organized into Top Ten lists–as the format for my own celebration of all of the learning, thinking, vessel-righting, talking, and bookish goodness that is NCTE.

Top 10 Quotations




I-was-read-to-by I-roasted-some-crickets

You-are-literally-saving I-write-so-people-who Diversityor-the-way-the People-invest-in-people We-are-artists-of-our


Top 10 Authors and Illustrators I Heard Speak at NCTE

Jason Reynolds
Erin Stead
Phillip Stead
Allison Bechdel
Kadir Nelson
Dave Eggers
Marquin Parks
Tim Federle
Cynthia Lord
Lynda Mulally Hunt


Top 10+1 Most Surprising or Thought-Provoking Ideas from NCTE

Book clubs sparked more reading in reluctant readers than independent reading. (Kelly Gallagher)

Young people’s music is an archive of their adolescence. Novels can also be literary documentation of a generation’s youth. (Jason Reynolds)

Studies show that the benefits of literacy work come through talk—before, during, after reading. (Linda Pavonetti)

Those 50% of new teachers who leave teaching within 5 years include the very top most effective teachers as well as the least effective teachers. (Chris Lehmann)

Books for kids are designed for kids to read and complete, to enter into imaginatively via gaps where not everything is explained. Books at kids are designed to teach lessons and connect all the dots and kids will rebel. (Phillip Stead)

Students who hate reading hate the comparison of themselves to other readers. (Justin Stygles)

When we give kids positive notes about themselves, we need to give them space to take that note off somewhere safe and private and read it when and where they can really absorb the message safely. (Lynda Mulally Hunt)

Can students implement feedback on writing elements that we haven’t had time to teach? (Jeff Scheur)

We like to stand on things that are concrete in the classroom (graphic organizers, bulletin boards). (Sarah Brown Wessling)

What happens when we accept, validate, embrace our students’ rebellion? (Dave Eggers)

We need to ask tough questions about what is essential in our classrooms vs what’s important vs what’s nice to know—and make sure we’re concentrating on what’s essential, not what’s nice to know. It’s easy to get distracted by what’s nice to know. (Penny Kittle)


Top 10 Books I Now Want to Read Because of NCTE

forest unseen

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature by David George Haskell

mixed me

Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs, illustrated by Shane Evans

burn baby burn

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

zach delacruz

Zach Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth by Jeff Anderson

all american boys

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brenda Kiely

write what matters

Write What Matters: For Yourself, For Others by Tom Romano

whyd they wear there

Why’d They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History by Sarah Albee

ada bryon lovelace

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark


Red by Liesl Shurtliff


Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate







14 responses to “#NCTE15 in Top Ten Lists #celebratelu”

  1. margaretsmn Avatar

    What I love about reading all the post-NCTE15 posts is to see what others take away. I could have been to every session with you, and I would have heard something different. NCTE is rich like that. I am trying hard not to regret what I didn’t see and embrace what I did.

  2. carriegelson Avatar

    Thank you for this. I feel like you just opened a beautiful chocolate box and let me choose first. Love learning vicariously.

  3. Scott Day Avatar

    I love the quote from Erin Stead about being read to by teachers.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Me too! Brought tears to my eyes. Such an eloquent way to say that. The presentation by Erin Stead and Phillip Stead is one I keep thinking about. Just reread Frog & Toad Are Friends this morning because Phillip was talking about it and I realize it’s been years since I read it.

  4. jarhartz Avatar

    Loved Mary Lee’s format. Love your feedback on NCTE. I heard you were there … sorry I didn’t see you. Next year NCTE?

  5. Shari Daniels Avatar

    Wow. This post makes me so sad I was not at the NCTE conference. The quotes you chose were perfect – especially how we are artists of our work. Going to print that one off. Love this. 🙂

  6. Linda Baie Avatar

    Thanks Elisabeth, for a post filled to the brim with goodness for teachers and any who work with children. Inspiration for keeping on!

  7. Ramona Avatar

    Love this format. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts from NCTE with us.

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  9. Melissa Rosfeld Avatar

    I just read “All American Boys” last night. You HAVE to read it and pass it to some other students! I’ll bring it to you if I ever make it back to campus through the snow. Thanks for your NCTE reflections. I haven’t had time to look over my notes and process mine yet.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I bought it as soon as I got home from NCTE–delivered on Friday. And now at the very top of my TBR pile!!

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