So I have been a little M.I.A from blogging this week. That’s because I have been attending this conference:
Now before those of you who think teachers shouldn’t get to go to San Diego for a conference start complaining I actually have a grant to go here. I got asked in February if I would like to apply for the Miller Teaching Grant. It’s for teachers in Oregon who have taught less than 5 years. Since this was my last year doing that I thought sure and went for it. I decided I wanted to go to AVID a program that our school implements that helps students to prepare for college and a NCTM (National Council for Teachers of Mathematics) regional conference. I got the grant which made my day because I was so surprised so here I am. I arrived Sunday morning after Dave graciously got up at 4:50 am to drive me to the airport. While I am missing my husband like crazy because let’s be honest he is amazing I am having a great time. On Sunday I was actually on the plane with a fellow teacher who I have gotten to spend time with. I had a rental car so first thing I did upon arrival was go running at the beach. I am training for the Portland Marathon so I can’t let my training schedule go to waste:) It was an amazing run that I really enjoyed. I then went to my hotel – the Sheraton. It’s pretty amazing – take a look:
I have a king bed which is ridiculous given my size but hey lots of room to spread out. I was able to go to California Pizza Kitchen with my teacher friend and we had a great time. Monday morning I woke up bright and early for an awesome run and then made my way to the conference. To say this has been amazing is nothing short of the description I can give. The conference has been incredible and I have learned so many ways to engage my students critically and in groups which is a big part of our mathematical curriculum. I am also going to be on the site team at my school which I am really excited about. Today everyone from our school had lunch on the ocean at an awesome restaurant where I had Lobster Tacos – I know not necessarily vegetarian but it was their specialty and was amazing. Tomorrow is the last day and I am so excited to get back and start planning. I know I love my job what can I say. One thing that has also stood out here is how amazing the staff is at my high school. I knew when I got the job last year two days before school started that God had big things planned but I never expected such amazing colleagues who have awesome ideas. I can’t wait for school to start:)
In other words Dave has done a ton of work on our house so it looks like I might be updating our picture album. I know my husband is amazing what can I say?
Have a great night:) I know I will:) I will soon be enjoying a salad to go from Cheesecake Factoring and am savoring my glass of wine after a long day. The only thing that could make this better is husband – wish he was here but tomorrow I get to see him!!!!!