Last week, I had the pleasure of not only attending CAMT, but presenting as well! For those of you who live outside the great state of Texas (so sad for you…), CAMT is our state math conference. It is held each summer and rotates through the cities of San Antonio (this year), Dallas (next year), and Houston (last year), although I think San Antonio should be cut out of the rotation if they can’t swing a deal to provide free wifi! It was incredibly frustrating to hear awesome speakers like Dan Myer speak on connectivity and not be able to connect.
My first presentation was scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 1:00. The schedule allows half an hour between sessions to “clear the room” and let the next presenter set up. I arrived in the general vicinity of my room at about noon. A little early, I know, but I wanted to be ready. Sessions at the conference were filling up very quickly, so attendees were forced to get to the sessions they wanted to see early and wait in line. So, I was pretty calm about presenting…until the line started to form!
|The line began at 12:15…and grew…and continued to grow! All the while, my heart was racing faster and faster.|
|I was sitting across the hallway taking it all in!|
|Finally, a little before 12:30, I headed to my room. Of course the presenter in the room before me ran long, but we headed into the room at about 12:35.|
|The room filled up immediately, but I still couldn’t start until 1:00 (this picture is actually from the session the next morning…), so we all just sat there for 25 minutes!|
|I got to meet some sweet new friends! On the left is Kim and Brandy is on the right. There was even a teacher from Indiana who talked her husband into a weekend in San Antonio so she could attend the conference!!|
I’m not gonna lie, the whole experience was a bit frightening, but also rewarding and fun! No risk, no reward, right? Next up, the NCTM Regional Conference in Baltimore this October, and then MAYBE (cross your fingers and toes), the national NCTM Conference in New Orleans next spring.
Mark your calendars now for the CAMT conference in Dallas next summer, July 21-24. 🙂