This is the blog of children's book author and elementary school teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

#nErDcampLI 2015

If you love books and teaching, then you have to find your local Nerd Camp. I found mine on Long Island on November 7.

Even though my school had run an edcamp and I followed the tweets of #nErDcampMI over the summer, I still wasn't quite sure what to expect when I walked in the door. I certainly wasn't expecting a huge hug from #nErDcampLI's coordinator, JoEllen McCarthy. JoEllen and the other organizers directed me to an empty board with spots for workshops waiting to be filled. And like magic, it was loaded with interesting and exciting topics taught by both educators and rock star authors.

Since I was there as both an educator and a rock star author, I was persuaded to run a workshop of my own.

The organizers, JoEllen, Alison McDermott, and Kristen Picone, welcomed us all to the event and explained how the day would work. Then they sent us off to our first session.

A handful of educators came to my session on using notice, wonder, and think to explore character traits. They were very understanding when I only had enough material to cover a half an hour. But that is the beauty of this event, you learn with your feet! So as soon as the room emptied out, a new group of educators walked in and I presented all over again. As part of my presentation I shared the draft of my Teacher's Guide which has a strong focus on character analysis. You can download the guide for free here

After going to a wonderful session on POV given by author Victoria Coe, I sat with many of the other rock star authors to answer questions about becoming a teacher-writer. There was so much talent in the room and the teachers asked great questions.

The day ended with a book signing. Teacher attendees were encouraged to invite their classes to meet the authors and I loved meeting so many wonderful educators and adorable children. 

It was a great day and I loved being there as both an educator and author. I met some amazing teachers, like Dahiana Romero, who is currently getting her masters in education. 

I also spent time with many rock star authors such as Victoria Coe, Corey Rosen Schwartz, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Josh Funk, Carol Ekster, Paul Czajak, Chris Grabenstein, and Christine Leronimo. You can see a complete list of the author attendees here.

Victoria Coe

Corey Rosen Schwartz

It was an amazing day. I can't wait until they do it again!

For more information on #nErDcampLI, visit their website or follow their hashtag on Twitter. And don't forget to look for a #nErDcamp or #Edcamp in your area.