Saturday, June 27, 2015

How do you ever prepare for a conference?

As a first time conference goer, I’m already unsure of everything since I think I way over packed and may not have packed the right things.  But, I do have duct tape, a pair of scissors, highlighters, sharpies, extra hangers, an extra bag for my swag and this awesome new bag that one of my students gave me today on our last day of school.  Not sure what I will do with the duct tape.  I don’t believe it was on anyone’s “List of things to bring to ALA” but I just thought it might come in handy. 

I scoured the blogs last night at the last minute looking for ideas on unusual things to bring and how to manage my first conference.  Everyone said to bring business cards.  Check.  My almost 9 year old son designed them for me and I’ve got 500 to hand out!  Come and get one.  My principal laughed because he doesn’t even had cards.  Well, he’s not going to ALA.  If I get him to tag along with me to AASL in Columbus this year, maybe I’ll get him some cards.

I don’t know what I am most looking forward to—Oh, I know, the Newbery Banquet!  But what’s second?  The Coretta Scott King Breakfast, of course!  Then could it be the Exhibit hall?  The graphic novel panels?  Other workshops that I don’t even know about yet?  I just didn’t have the time to look at the schedule the past few weeks so I’m planning on getting up early and trying to figure it all out tomorrow.  I’m also a bit old fashioned and do well with a book in my hand.  So maybe I will register, find a coffee shop and get to work with my highlighter that I brought from home.


  1. Well, I can certainly vouch for the fact that you packed an excellent selection of fabulous frocks!

  2. Thanks, Carole! It was so great meeting you!