The AAHPERD/SHAPE National Convention is just around the corner and I hope that many of you have the opportunity to attend. For some, it will be a first time experience, for others, it’s old hat. But, for everyone it’s a chance to grow professionally, catch up with friends, have fun, but most importantly leave with a renewed sense of pride in what we do each and every day. I realize there are many who are not able to attend this convention but I hope you take advantage of other workshops, conferences and your state convention. Below are a few tips to remember regardless of what professional development opportunities you may attend.
- After you check the session planner and have some idea of what you want to do each day, download the schedule to your phone—you won’t have to carry the big convention book around that way!
- If are attending the convention with colleagues, split up to go to the sessions. It’s always fun to stay together but you get more “bang for your buck” if you go to different sessions.
- If you are in a session and it’s not what you expected, it’s ok to leave and go to another one. Sometimes the descriptions and the actual session are not what you anticipate. You need to benefit from each session you attend.
- When you are in the exhibit area, if there is a vendor you want to go back and visit, take time to write down the information for where they are located-normally there are signs for each isle. By doing this you will save time because you know where to go!
- Talk to your administrator and parent club about this opportunity and ask if there are funds available to help purchase new and innovative equipment.
- If you can’t make a purchase at the convention but find equipment that you think will be approved, ask the vendor how long the convention rate will be honored.
- Make it a goal to try at least one or two of the ideas you are excited about as soon as you get back to school. Don’t wait until next year!
- Take time to visit with your administrators and other colleagues about your experience. It’s important for them to know a little about what you learned during the convention. Yes, it’s great to share the “fun” times but make certain you highlight the learning experience and professional growth you gained by attending!
Of course, all of the Skillastics crew would love to meet you and visit with you, so make sure you stop by booth 1615 in the exhibit hall.