Bill Martin Jr. Celebrated at Annual SymposiumBy Kim Williams
Commerce, TEXAS (May 9, 2012)—Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Curriculum and Instruction hosted the Eighth Annual Bill Martin Jr. Symposium May 4, 2012. Jim Aylesworth, author of more than 30 children’s books, was featured as keynote speaker.
“More than one hundred presenters collaborated in the 38 Breakout Sessions, bringing favorite topics about classroom management, whole-brain learning, using literature in middle school math, and singing in the classroom,” said Dr. Josh Thompson, associate professor of early childhood education. “More than 400 participants especially enjoyed the fellowship experience, coming to a conference together with peers from their schools or field-based centers.”
Featured presenters included co-authors Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Campoy, authors of children’s books and books for teachers. Ada’s book Magical Encounters, often used as a textbook in ESL/Bilingual courses.
The BMJ Symposium for educators is held in memory of Bill Martin Jr., author of more than 300 children’s books and curriculum materials across a span of 50 years. The Bill Martin Jr. Library is housed on the campus of A&M-Commerce and includes many of his published works, manuscripts, and letters from other well-known authors in children’s literature.
Dr. Martha Foote, professor and department head for curriculum and instruction, explained that Martin utilized rhythm, rhyme and sounds of language to create some works that can be considered household favorites such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear; Chicka Chicka Boom, Boom; and Knots on a Counting Rope. The International Reading Association has named Martin to the Reading Hall of Fame and has selected him as one of the Greats of the 20th Century.
Faculty members of the symposium steering committee were Josh Thompson, Rheba Icenhower, Mary Beth Sampson, Chris Green, Susan Szabo, Susan Williams, Gil Naizer, Martha Foote, Jennifer Sennette, Darla Meek, LaVerne Raine, Heather Doyle, Donna McCrary, Rhonda Clark, Maureen Preston and Priscilla Nichols.
The Ninth Annual BMJ Symposium is scheduled for Friday, May 3, 2013.
For more information, email BMJ.Symposium@tamuc.edu or visit www.tamuc.edu/BillMartinJr.