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Jun. 27th, 2008 | 05:52 am

So, I am sitting at Orlando Airport, wondering why the guy behind my had internet connectivity. I whip out my laptop to see if I would get connected or not, and BOOM-BAM I was connected. I nearly fell out. I was not expecting it to work, but I am glad that it did. so, here I am, with a group of Hawaii State educators waiting for our plane to begin boarding so that we can fly home.

Overall, the conference was wonderful. I am really glad I came on the trip, and I am honored that my principal decided to bring me along on the trip. I have tons of planning to do now and the work for the conference adds on to all the work I need to do. That is both good and bad.

The good:

I like to start on a positive, not a negative in this situation. The conference did one thing: really re-energized me and re-focused me on my career, which I think I really needed. My friend made the perfect analogy about careers and jobs. A job is like dating. It's the courtship part of employment. You try a job out, see if it is you. Discover how compatible you are with the "job." Later you find out if you are in love with the job. Then you decide if you want to "marry" it. A career is like a marriage. you put more time into you. You want to keep in, work on it, become better at it (ideally). you can't live with the work, but you can't live without the work at the same time. There are many love-hate situations, but in the end you decide to stay with the career. That is how I currently feel. I have been working with children for 3 years (actually more, if I include my un-certified years). I still love teaching. I hate the paperwork that comes with it. The good that I received from this trip: I have the desire and motivation to become a much more effective educator. Something that was slipping over time.

The bad: Not too motivated to game. I am sure that I will still game. I will still log on to the game and play. It is like a stress reliever for me, and in that light, I will continue gaming. But I really want to work on my teaching and become stronger and much more efficient.

There is this certain level in my profession, where you are like the "elite" of all the teachers. It is called National Board Certification. Just a prestigious as it sounds, you even receive extra pay if you are awarded the certification. I secretly want to go for it, but I need to really refine my practice, take a look at what I am doing and make certain I know what I am doing, why I am doing it, and the research behind what I am doing to justify and validate my practice.

Ok, enough about that. I shall end here for now. Take care all, and see you in Hawaii!

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¤~*~\The Ethereal Black Pearl/~*~¤

From: blackpearl
Date: Jun. 27th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)

See, that's interesting because the lat time I was in a terminal, there was wi-fi, but the airport wanted you to pay for it and I was unaware that my card had money on it at the time. Did you pay for the wi-fi or was it free. If it was free, I'm pissed. lol.

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Sapphire Phoenix

From: sapphire_heaven
Date: Jun. 27th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)

That's a very good analogy, I have to remember it :)

You should go for the National Board Certification, even if it's in secret!

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Master of RS Fashion! =D

From: st_squiggy
Date: Jun. 27th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)

Wow that's awesome you had a great time at the conference (even though you couldn't see the gators or do as much shopping as you wanted to :(). I'm still trying to see if what I pick as a career will be what I technically "marry" in the end lol. I'm going to try for Architectural Engineering, I just hope I'll survive :o. And gaming is a part of you, always has been, so even though you'll be hardcore teaching and doing the good stuff, you'll always go back to what you like most ;).

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