I promised to break my #AASL13 reflection down and not overwhelm you all with long wordy posts. But you know I just can’t help it. My friend Pat Hensley over at Successful Teaching recently modeled sharing session by session, and that is a great way to do this, but I don’t take notes very well. So I’m going to attempt a daily reflection. This is a summary of Day 1 – Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
Early flight; Friends old and new
Because I could get a direct flight round trip from Charlotte, I had to get up at 4AM to get myself to the Charlotte Douglas Airport about 70 miles northwest of me in time for a 7:45 AM flight. Carrie Shoolbred from Jesse Boyd Elementary in neighboring Spartanburg District 7 was on my flight! I found myself standing in the Hartford, Connecticut Convention Center by 11AM, badge and registration in hand. Our Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Committee (BWTL) group met up with AASL’s Jennifer Habley at 11:30 to get in our AASL BWTL session for set up purposes. After preparations to ready the room took very little time, co-member Lucy Green and I walked next door to the Connecticut Science Center to have lunch. It was nice meeting her face-to-face for the first time after only having met in our AASL BWTL virtual meetings. We returned to do our preconference session, which I wrote about here yesterday. In our preconference session, I was able to make some new friends AND reconnect with older friends. Currie Renwick, a former SCASL member and former Spartanburg 7 teacher librarian who has recently relocated the Washington, DC area was in attendance in our preconference session. I also have to thank the convention center for the snacks and drinks! I took several drinks and snacks back to my room so I would have them throughout the conference, and they were GREAT.
Supper and COLD walk to my hotel
Reconnecting with my SC friends SCASL President Anne Lemieux and SCASL President-elect Diana Carr, we walked across the street from the convention center for supper, and then we WALKED back to our hotel in the cold and dark–across the river! Our hotels (not the smae) were across the river, but probably less than a mile from the convention center. Because mine was a little further than Anne’s and Diana’s hotel, they walked me TO the door. It was dark, and we weren’t really sure of the neighborhood, so I appreciate them taking good care of me that night, especially since I had all my belongings, including a suitcase and a laptop bag filled to the gills and weighing a ton. Those drinks from precon were making my bag really HEAVY. I was so wiped out from my early morning flight, that I checked-in and practically went straight to bed. But I first made sure to set up my schedule with the ready to be used conference app.
Highlight of the Day / Lowlight of the Day
- Highlight of day: tie–Preconference Session or lunch with Lucy Green
- Lowlight of the day: a fairly disastrous dinner service (slow waiter, mistakes, etc.) Glad I don’t even remember where we ate, but it was economical, nearby, and my dinner was just under $10, with no tip–shame on me. In my defense, our waiter should have brought my change in a manner that would have enabled me to leave a decent tip. His fault; he wasn’t a ten dollar tip waiter, and I didn’t have anything smaller. Disclaimer: My impatience may have been due to exhaustion.
All pictures in this post are from my own picture feed in Flickr.
I am appending to this post a special thanks to the South Carolina State Libraryand Kathy Sheppard, who tuned me in to and accepted my application for a funding source for travel and attendance at this conference, the American Association of School Librarians 16th Annual Conference and Exhibition. My funding is directly attributed to the Library Services and Technical Services Act and the U.S. Institute of Museums and Library Services. I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity these entities have afforded me.