Courtney on 1st TESOL
Note: Courtney presented at TESOL and is sharing her presentation slides on her website.
TESOL 2016 was my first. Money and time have always prohibited my attendance, but this year I was named one of the Best of Affiliates and MITESOL helped fund my conference journey (although they were somehow unable manifest extra time for me to catch up on grading).
Now that I’ve been to TESOL, I have no doubt that the monetary and temporal expense is worth it. The range of happenings (talks, round tables, Classroom of the Future, Electronic Village, and of course, the Expo) let me design my own day based on what I wanted to get out of it.
During my own presentation I experienced a few technological hiccups, but the audience members were understanding and overwhelmingly positive. I was able to enjoy time with the colleagues I traveled with, but also able to meet like-minded teachers from across the globe in a comfortable, supportive atmosphere. The most exciting moment for me was meeting Laura! I found out just before TESOL that I would be traveling to Hefei, China this summer and had not met anyone who knew much about the area. I met Laura at her roundtable talk and then ran into her again at the poster sessions where she shared that she had taught in Hefei and eagerly shared her contact information with me. What a magical surprise! I cannot imagine another setting where this kind of connection could have been made.
Since the conference I have connected with Laura and many of the other people I met at TESOL on Twitter and have become aware of the realm of online professional development opportunities that I can participate in between conferences.
I hope to see you all in Seattle!