The months of January, February, and March are full of conferences that I attend and present. There are so many options, so I have to have a plan to ahead. This year the TI:ME, IMEA , and FETC all fell on the same weekend. I am an Illinois Music Teacher first, so attending and presenting at Illinois Music Educator Association in Peoria is my top priroty. I LOVE this conference, they were the first to allow me to present and I have made many music friends throughout the years. It is where I got started and my heart will also be at this conference.
At the IMEA conference this year, one of my friends will be receiving the “Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence.” Debbie Kanyo is a middle school teacher in Alton, Illinois, I met her at the conference years ago, she teaches in a school of need. Over the years she has managed to put in three MIDI labs with grant money and has inspired so many music teachers to teach technology.
So, those simple interactions you have at conferences can blossom into full friendships, like it has done so many times. The face-to-face contact is so important. As you attend conferences, take the time to meet and greet as many people as possible. You will be blessed with amazing life-long friends.
I will be presenting twice, the first presentation is on Friday “50 websites in 75 minutes.” It was extremely difficult to “edit down” my top 50 websites.
The second presentation is with Brenda Muench, (bring your own laptop) “Composing Online.” We had a blast collaborating online with our presentation.
So, next Wednesday night the yearly three-hour ride to Peoria will happen. I can’t wait!