Well, it's been a while hasn't it? What's that?? Where have I been? At NAEYC and back from a whirlwind of commitments at the old U of S and C.
First, I went to the National Association for the Education of Young children's conference in Atlanta from November 9-11 (It occurred from November 8-11, but I couldn't swing the first two days because of teaching and...well..I didn't have the $$$). The CNN/Omni was the location, and let me tell you this: it's gigantic. The hotel itself is two towers with over 12 floors each. It's connected to a super building called the World Congress Center. I just can't believe that a building can have so much room. So, that bowled me over first.
Second, I met just about anybody that's anybody in early childhood and NAEYC: Jerlean Daniel, NAEYC President Ginsburg, George Morrison (who wrote my class's text), Pam Schiller, Eva Essa, and the ever wonderful Thomas Moore (just love that guy). Even a few of my professors and doctoral colleagues from U of SC were there. Just fabulous.
Third, the Exhibition Hall! Just can't even give you the words. Two football fields of child development merchandise, tools, books, resources, advocacy organizations, and just some weird stuff (sand that you can mold). I had headache from the input. I'm so glad NAEYC publishes a list of all the vendors along with their addresses. I went there for over 10 hours and was just loaded down with useless clap-trap from dumb pamphlets that I could get online to silly "tokens" that are of no value to me, my colleagues, and especially my children. Thank goodness they could just scan your card and put you on their mailing lists. In three words: NAEYC2006 was Sweet! Gonna try to go back next year in The Windy City.
Fourth, I'm ending my first full cycle of my class that I teach, and I must admit that I enjoy this course. It's an intro early childhood course, so it's pretty rigorous and comprehensive. The spring session will allow me slowly but slowly go from the norming phase into the performing phase where I really start to try some new stuff out.
Fifth, MY classes (I mean the ones that I'm taking). My research course is the hardest of all because it's the first one I've taken. I admit that I will use lots of this stuff in my research,...participant research is not as easy as you think. The other two course are early childhood courses (A Theory one and the Advocacy one). They rock. I'm getting close to an important milestone, though: I need to finish my research idea for next semester to bring up to my chair. Also, Fall 2007 will mark the last time I will need to take Early Childhood Courses, so I'm trying to figure out how to do this. I'll think about this...hmmm.