Monday, March 31, 2014

Thoughts on this year's TESOL Macedonia Thrace Conention

Monday morning, 31st of March! A very full weekend has come to an end!! To my surprise I don't feel tired at all... It has been a wonderful weekend full of people, new experiences, new ideas, new friends.

First of all it's been a great honour to be in Kieran Donaghy's plenary talk and presentation! He shared with us so many interesting ideas, I owe him A LOT (My lessons wouldn't be the same without them)







 The Pecha Kucha event... well... what can I say?
It was a frightening experience (LOL)... No, it wasn't, although I froze for a moment and I was really nervous... I have never spoken in front so many people in  my life!! What I said come from my heart (although I think I was the only person who spoke about personal experiences)! A big thank you to all who came and congrats to all my other co-presenters!! You all made a difference in this!




 What made a real difference this year is that I met my dear friend Vicky Loras again face to face. She has been a real inspiration for me, a friend, a supporter,  a mentor, somebody who has been encouraging me again and again...
A big thank you for your mention in your plenary presentation.
I knew she was going to speak about me, but I hadn't actually realize that she values me so much....
Vicky words are not enough... You made me cry from happiness... Thank you...
 I have met some really wonderful educators these past days, I had lots of fun, learned an awful lot, re-charged my batteries... The presentations and the plenaries I have been to were all wonderful and informative. A big thanks to Maria Sachpazian for her continuous support ( I will always say that - ΒΤW Fantastic presentation, I loved it)

 I have to apologize though, because I couldn't go to everybody's presentations. It's not that I didn't  want to, it's that I had to write reports for the TESOL Macedonia blog and I was assigned to different rooms!!!
 I have to thank my dear student Eleni Vasdoka who dedicated her whole Sunday to help me with the interviews and the pictures!! You made the difference dear...

Another person I would like to thank is my partner in crime, Jo Psarra, for co-operating and for your hard work and support. (BTW, Spread Literature into the world was a big hit! Congrats)

My experience as a roving reporter was exhilarating.... Although I was running around all the time, I had so much fun.... Guys, I am going to do this again, that's a threat!!! :P 




All in all I'd like to thank the board for giving me the chance to challenge myself.
Now that everything is over, let's plan our next endeavors...

2 comments:

vickyloras said...

My dear Theodora,

Such a great write-up of your impressions from the Convention - which I will agree with, it was amazing!

I was so happy and proud to include an educator like you in my plenary - and I am happy there are educators like you out there!

Hope to see you soon,
Vicky

Theodora Pap said...

Vicky mou, you are one of the few people in this world who truly understand how I feel, as an educator, but as a person as well... Lots of hugs until we meet again...