Tempus is fugiting! I can’t believe that it is time for NCTE. It has been a few years since I have gone so I am really looking forward to it this year. There will be many firsts for me at NCTE this year.
This is the first time that I am going and not affiliated with a school. To me, this means several things. I don’t need to write a report when I get back justifying my reimbursement. I don’t feel like I need to attend a session in every time slot.
This year I can pick and choose things that interest me even though it might not be about something pertaining to a sixth grade English classroom. It’s not I didn’t like sitting in on sessions pertaining to what I did; it’s just nice to know that I am not limited this year.
Because I always felt I needed to attend something during every time slot, I rarely had time to give the exhibit hall justice. Scarfing down some lunch and then trying to move with the crowd sometimes made looking difficult. At the end of the day I was tired and my head was spinning from all of the sessions I attendee that again I couldn’t look at the exhibits the way I would have liked.
Because I am no longer teaching, I am sure that I will find many useful things that I wish I had when I was still in the classroom.
I actually know some of the presenters this year so I am looking forward to sitting in on their sessions to support them and also hear what they have to say.
One thing I am really looking forward to this year is Saturday night’s dinner with the bloggers. I have been part of the Tuesday Slice of Life and am excited about meeting the people whose posts I read and those who read my posts.
I do need to finish packing since the train leaves at 9:00 tomorrow morning. I am not a good packer. I never know what I will need and usually end up taking more than I should. I am glad that this time I have someone who will help me pack and be sure that I have only what I need.
This promises to be an exciting week and I am sure the time will pass by quickly.