I am at CATE today, at the The California Association of Teachers of English Annual conference. I love this event. Why?
1) Awesome authors.
2) Tons of folks sharing best practices
-New Media workshops
-Workshops on how to do a Workshop, they have it all!
3) The Exhibit Hall
-Call me a dork but cruising the Exhibit Hall is one of my favorite things to do at conferences. From the t-shirts I buy (how many people here own an ERACISM t-shirt... that guy's gotta be a millionaire by now) to checking out the latest and greatest that publishers have to offer -- and seeing how badly some of the stuff stinks. I mean some materials that people today are peddling just look so old and tired and "been there, done that" don't they, to the books I inevitably purchase (I always leave carrying more stuff out than I brought with me in), I just LOVE the Exhibit Hall!
4) The friends, old and new
-CATE is really such a warm place. It's the people that make this conference rock! Getting to see folks I haven't seen in a year (since last year's CATE conference usually) is always fun. But the truth is, I just love chillin' with English teachers. They make the wittiest of references, too. Gotta stay sharp to run with this crowd.
Much love to CATE.
And a great many thanks to all the hard-working people who toil so fabulously to put it on year after year.