By Roz Prescott @RozAtRethink
This Memorial Day weekend Rethink had the wonderful opportunity to attend and present at this year’s ABAI Conference in San Antonio. In addition to all the amazing take-aways from the presentations and panels we attended, we also learned a little something about ourselves: we are indeed conference gurus. Are you a one too? If you can answer yes to the following, join the club!
1. You have successfully set up a monster booth at least once in your career
If you have ever lugged huge “booth carriers” across country, completed a full workout getting all the components out and ready to put together, and then spent 2 hours trying to work out how everything fits together … you might be a conference guru!
To avoid throwing out our backs, the Rethink team wisely decided to take a more subtle approach to our booth. We kept it simple with our Rethink banner and our own smiling faces. We met lots of current customers and hopefully future partners and had some great conversations.
2. You are prepared with both summer and winter attire depending on the whims of the hotel air-conditioning
If you have ever had to carefully plan and are prepared with your attire and wardrobe to allow for significant temperature changes in short periods of time (often in the same workshop session) … you might be a conference guru!
Thankfully the Rethink team came prepared for anything and managed to keep our body temperatures relatively stable with just the right mix of summer/winter attire!
3. You have breathed a sigh of relief when people actually attend your presentation session
If you have experienced slight panic or anxiety attacks with the thought that you will be the only presenter at the conference who has no one show up to their presentation … you might be a conference guru!
Two members of our Rethink team, myself and Patricia Wright, presented at the ABAI Conference this year in sessions about Educational Technology. Thankfully lots of people were interested and showed up to both sessions! Thanks to all who showed their support!
4. You act like a teenager seeing a rock star when meeting your academic mentors and heroes (and shamelessly ask for a selfie)
The Rethink team got to take shameless selfies with many of our ABA mentors and heroes this past weekend at the ABAI Conference 2015.
5. You willingly give up your holiday weekend to advance your knowledge and learning while sitting in uncomfortable seats and eating overpriced hotel food
Yep! That’s us–walking 15,000 steps (or approximately 7 miles per day) from classroom to classroom and even spending some sessions seated on the floor, all in the name of knowledge!
Why do we do it you ask? The answer is simple: we are passionate about our field and consider the chance to advance our knowledge of value to ourselves, the places we work, and the children and students we support. See you all next year for more of the same!