So, it's that time of year again. I am pretty sure most foreign language teachers on or near the East coast consider the end of March one of their favorite times of the year. Why you ask? Well, because of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, of course! For three days at the Marriott in Times Square foreign language teachers from not only the East coast, but all over the United States, come together to chat, learn, exchange ideas and collaborate. Ahh, for teachers who are into this, the NECTFL conference is like a wonderland of professional development, and I am definitely one of those teachers.
On Thursday there are optional workshop sessions lasting three or six hours. Today I am attending an afternoon workshop called "Teaching Reading for Content and Language". I am super excited about this as I know it will give me lots of great ideas for my Spanish 2's as well as the AP Literature class.
Friday is the day that I have to rest up for. There are about five time slots for sessions throughout the day starting at 10:15 and ending at 5:00 in the evening. The great thing is we can choose whatever we want to attend. And the choices!! I could attend a session about using technology in the classroom, conversational Arabic, or even how to teach a unit on bull-fighting.
The best part of Friday will definitely be the exhibit hall. This is where loads of teaching tech companies, book publishers, study abroad programs, foreign language organizations all try and get the attention of little ole me. They try to tempt me with candy, drawings for prizes, free pens, maracas...and yes, I even have a CIA frisbee from last year. Last year they gave us champagne, the year before the Italian teachers association had a gelato cart, and was giving out cones of delicious gelato. Like I said...wonderland.
I've never actually made it the third day. This year I will, however also attend on Saturday.
Ahh...how I love thee NECTFL conference.