As a first time attendee I have felt overwhelmed with all the workshops and plenaries that will take place during those four fantastic days in New Orleans. Which one to attend? Which one am I more likely to take advantage of? Questions I have not found the answers for yet.
What I do know is that I have to be present at these two meeting that will be held for teachers like me, who are new at all this TESOL celebration. Meetings for new members and first timers are scheduled to orient participants so as we take more advantage of what TESOL has to offer.
To start, a First-Timers’ session will be held on Thursday, March 17th, 7:30 am–8:15 am (Grand Salon 13, Hilton). During that slot, tips will be given and new attendees will get some help on how to go around at the convention. I was surfing the TESOL web page and found a very interesting article written by prof. Garr back in 2005 which seems to be really helpful for those who do not know where to start from when it comes to planning where and when to go during the academic event. You can find it at http://bit.ly/1sttimers.
Then, TESOL will welcome us at the New Member orientation session to take place on Thursday, March 17, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm (Oak Hall Room, Hilton). There, we will get familiar with all the benefits and resources a member is entitled to as part of this organization and what’s more: those who attend will have the chance to win a free TESOL membership renewal!
To finish, I am working on my online planner and there are so many workshops and plenaries I want to attend. I cannot wait to get started, nurture as a language teacher and go back to the classroom to share everything with my students (pre-service English teachers). I’m doing this for them. They are so worth it!
I think one of my most unforgettable professors at university, and a past VenTESOL president, is right. Prof. Emma Miliani once told me: “When you love your students, you do anything to become a better teacher for them.” That’s exactly how I feel. That’s exactly why I want to divide myself in hundreds of pieces and attend every single workshop offered. They are the reason for me wanting to stay up to date!
Anyway, I’m back to my planning and shall keep you all posted on my final choices.
Thanks for reading me!