Ready to Learn

When you are spending a day at a conference what do you need to be productive and stay engaged? I am set up for the day. I think I have everything I need to get through this day.

Here is my spot for the day with all supplies ready to learn.

Here is my spot for the day with all supplies ready to learn.

Now you may have viewed my picture and wondered about a few of the items. Let me explain the purpose of each item in the photo. I will be starting on the left and working my way across.

First off, you need to note my location on the long table. I arrived early enough to secure an end seat where the aisle is to my left. I am left handed. If you are left handed you understand. If you are not left handed you can’t understand how difficult simple tasks can be.

Water is needed to stay hydrated. Post-its are in front of the glass with a highlighter and magnifying glass nearby. Yes, there is a magnifying glass to help me see the small print on the handout.

Sidebar note of explanation: I cannot use the reader type glasses because I had lasik eye surgery seven years ago and they did mono-vision on me. One eye was adjusted for seeing distance, while the other eye is for reading. Those glasses just don’t work for me, hence I travel with a magnifying glass.

My ipad is encased in green and my stylus is on top. I am able to connect to the internet when the presenter refers to several web sites.

We were told to bring certain texts to this conference. The notebook contains the Common Core Standards plus two additional books written by the presenters. (Did we ever use any of these items? No!)

In the forefront you see the handout for the day’s session plus my notebook and pen.

All supplies were used, except the texts we were told to bring. Hmmm, do you suppose book sales have been lagging and this was the perfect opportunity to boost their numbers?

It was a day of learning, but I think I’m still a bit aggravated that nothing was done with the materials we had to haul in.

Be sure to visit Two Writing Teachers for more slices of life.

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