I am just beginning to recuperate from last week. I spent two wonderful days in Warsaw, IN at the All Write 14 conference. If you'd like to read about my experience, you can find it here.
Week #2 of summer break looks to be busy as well. Here's what I've got going on:
My sister and her family are visiting from Dallas, where they moved a year ago. It will be great to have them all back home for the week! Ironically, the week they decide to come back home to Wisconsin is the week where our weather is taking a nose dive back into spring. Here is the picture she texted us last night before leaving Dallas to show they were ready for Wisconsin weather, which is predicted to be in the 70's at best:
Also this week, I will begin the UW-Milwaukee Writing Project's Advanced Institute. Last year, I participated in the summer institute and it was one of the best experiences of my life. You can read about it here if you would like. This summer, we will be meeting for half days to conduct research that we will turn into either a conference presentation or a journal article.
For my project, I will be looking at the research behind the importance of teaching writing in our schools. Remember back when writing was one of the "3 R's" of a solid education? That's not always the case nowadays. I'm proposing that we return writing back to the prominence it deserves and I will explain why in my article. I'm excited to begin!