Pete Bowers and I were destined to meet. Back in the fall of 2008, I was connected to him through a colleague’s emailed question; by February of 2009, I was attending his workshop that a friend had set up in the Chicago area. That summer, the friend and I drove with our kids to Canada to attend Pete’s three-day WordWorks study session (an experience I highly recommend). Since then, we’ve co-presented at a couple of conferences, co-authored a couple of articles, and Pete attended my Etymology! seminar last spring.
Now, together in a joint weekend seminar for the first time, WordWorks and LEX present Word Detectives! Pete brings expert teaching and broad experience in classrooms all over the world, as well as a deep understanding of how the study of the writing system as it actually is provides an excellent canvas for the development of critical inquiry, problem solving, and a scientific mind. I’ll be offering the usual linguistic insights — including several recent discoveries about how words make sense.
So bring your favorite new words to puzzle over and make plans to join us in South Elgin!
See you there!