I love the reflecting that goes into the planning for either a PD presentation or a professional article. Off and on, for the past 3 days, I have begun the gathering process -- quotes, pictures, ideas, etc. for a presentation on word study I'm doing in a few weeks. This morning, I took all the information and artifacts I've collected and started my idea board. I totally borrowed the concept of the idea board -- I read Presentation Zen two summers ago, and I love the fact that even though the author is very techie and visual with his presentations, he always starts with a poster board and post-it notes when laying out the ideas and the flow.
So, it may not look like much, but after several days of gathering and several hours this morning of organizing, I have a first draft of my presentation.
As I was going through this process, I realized it is one I want to share with my students. With the emphasis on research in the common core standards, this would be a great tool to share so that they might put it in their writing toolbox if it works for them.
Come to think of it, I see some professional writing coming out of this...