#SOL22: #NCTE Wrap Up

By the numbers:

1 panel participation

2 flights to arrive

3 Canadian treats: Cheezies, Smarties, and Coffee Crisps

4 days of learning

5 days in Anaheim

6 days of walking to and fro

7 bags for the #CuriosityCrew

8 days of charging/recharging technology

9 slicers + sharing writerly gifts (Thanks, Kim, for the socks and the bracelet!)

10 or more pictures with Dr. Mary Howard

All added up to a fabulous learning week in California.

It was so great to publish posts 999 and 1000 while at #NCTE22.

And the friends, known and new,

To see them face-to-face,

With and without masks,

To celebrate learning, laughter, joy and genius.

Farewell, Anaheim!

“On to OHIO – NCTE23!”

For the survey:

1) The app needs to be available before Wednesday when the conference begins on Thursday.

2) 39 sessions at a time is too many to sift through.

3) There needs to be a short morning and afternoon break slot for attendees to visit with each other. Walking more than three miles a day with zero lunch / restroom breaks is hard. 15 minutes between every session is hard when it’s a sprint from the nether northlands to the southernmost rooms – twice!

What are your suggestions?


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15 responses

  1. There is always something exciting about NCTE. The air is just charged with anticipation and learning. I agree that there needs to be more time between sessions to give people a chance to get there without being winded, especially true as we age. Glad you had a safe and enjoyable time.

    1. Amen!
      Nothing like 1000s of teachers all in one space … and learning!
      I think the passing time also felt so short because it had been so long since we had been together! Conversations were mandatory!!!
      Hope you and Kathy enjoy the Thanksgiving season!

      1. Happy Thanksgiving to you as well, Fran.

  2. While I was not there, this year, I relive the excitement through your post.

    1. Thanks, Anita. Some conferences have become so commercial that it was nice to even have a “low-key” exhibit hall. Time is precious at these events!

  3. It was great meeting you at the Slicer Meet-Up, Fran! I want to make sure that there are water bottle filling stations, just like Anaheim’s Convention Center. I also was overwhelmed sorting through the offerings. Serendipity made a couple of good choices for me. (I just was too tired to move to another room!)

    1. Trish,
      What a pleasure to meet you in real life! Such a great conference for writers, friends and learners!

  4. It was so great to see you and spend a few minutes with you. I love all you 1-10. I’m still here in LA spending time with Julieanne. The weather is perfect. I agree there are too many choices and too few breaks.

    1. Margaret,
      I hate that I missed your sessions even though one was at the same time as ours. Even that short hour was great. Enjoy your time with Julieanne!

  5. I wish I could’ve gone, but it was just not possible for me this year given family health circumstances. That being said, I loved seeing updates from you and others from the annual convention. I especially loved the Flat Mary you took around. Brilliant!

    1. Stacey,
      It was so good to have slicers meeting together as we are such a strong community. Looking forward to seeing you in Columbus. And 7 years ago, I took Tara and Allison to NCTE so it was fun to have Mary join in!

  6. Fran, it was great meeting you! I’m thrilled to have been able to put names and faces together. NCTE was certainly fun, and I’m already looking forward to next year. Thank you for walking with me to the meet-up!

    1. Kim,
      So good to meet you and walk over to the steakhouse with you AND to get your gift of socks and the writing bracelet! #NCTE is such a great learning community!!!

  7. Loved reading this — so neat to see it all put together like this. I can’t wait to be able to go to NCTE again! Hoping for next year!

    1. I hope that Columbus works out for you for #2023. The community of Slicers inside the bigger community of #NCTE is so invigorating!

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