Friday, April 13, 2012

Journey to Becoming a Better Teacher - Boston Edition

I love what I do.  Period.  And I've probably said that a million times on my little blog.  One of the many things I love about being a teacher of business/technology is that there is ALWAYS something new.  To learn.  To teach.  I love that.  

Business and technology change often, so one way to stay on top of it all is to take advantage of professional development opportunities.  And there are so many out there -- many not even requiring you to leave your computer.  But nothing can replace that good ol' conference-type of professional development.  Meeting professionals from all over.  Learning from the best.  Making those connections.  And I've been trying to take advantage of that at the state, regional, and national level.

Last week a friend and colleague of mine and I attended our national association conference, which was in Boston this year. It was my first time in Boston, yet it very quickly became my favorite major city.  It is  absolutely gorgeous -- beautiful architecture, big open parks, city gardens, and pretty friendly people. 

I wish I remembered every little detail about the trip -- I was overwhelmed by all the beauty. My friend G did a better job of recapping the things we saw (and she blogs here).  But I did snap plenty of pics (and I'm actually IN  few of them).

We took the trolley or subway every day after conference sessions.  But we probably walked more than anything.  It was awesome.

We tried to do as much as possible.

G is like me -- she likes to walk, be outside, take pictures, and just enjoy the surroundings.  We were only in our room long enough to sleep and shower every day.  We felt like locals by the time we left.

We saw Harvard and MIT.  I actually have a former student I sponsored in an organization at my school who goes to Harvard.  She's stopped by to see me a couple of times when she came home, so I felt bad that I was on her campus and didn't get a chance to see her.  That was something I should have planned in advance! 

We did a harbor cruise, which was lovely.

We visited one of their big public libraries.  I LOVE libraries.  Especially ones that are old and have amazing architecture.  

(The Cold Stone Creamery in our area closed a couple of years ago, so I admit I get pretty excited when I visit places that still have 'em.)

The food places were hit or miss, which probably means we didn't quite hit all the right spots.  But one that was REALLY good that we actually dined at twice was Legal Seafood.  The crab cakes were the best I've ever had.  They opened one in Atlanta a few years ago apparently, so it's good to know there's one closer to home.

Another one of our friends and co-teachers, M, was there, but she went up days before us. She's the immediate past president of the national association, so she's rockstar-status -- very little time to play unfortunately.  But we did run into her a couple of times. 

As for the actual conference, it was great. Lots of networking and knowledge. This year I volunteered on a technology/social media team where I took and posted pics/video to our social networking site, posted online summaries of sessions I attended, and tweeted about the event.  That was cool because I love doing that kind of stuff.

The trip was one of the best professional trips I've taken.  It pretty much felt like a vacation, too, since I enjoyed the city so much.  I hope to travel back to Boston with the family.  I officially have listed it as a place I must visit again!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  Be back soon!

~ G

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