Yes, I am an Appoholic. If you have attended any of my workshops you are well aware of my problem, and how habit forming it can become.
So I entered the room, admitted I was an APPoholic, and the support group greeted me with "Hello, Tracey". (I love hearing my name, and I could get used to this). The best part of being a presenter is being able to interact. I always come away with more ideas as well as get confirmation that what I am sharing is helping others help their students. The group seemed quiet this year, but also seemed comfortable in their environment. The sleeper returned from last year, who actually stayed asleep when we had group discussion. I guess he did not want to participate in the 12-step program. Fortunately, my new fellowship caused some to admit the need of a mentor, and I was able to reconcile with those who influenced me. I have been know to pull people into this addiction, and was sent a email that stated "darn you Tracey, You caused me to download more apps!" So glad I can influence those from our state department!
So those of you who are wondering what in the world I'm talking about, I teach workshop where I take on the role of an APPoholic, and use references from the AA program. Some of my participants have caught on to my antics, and begin to participate in the fun. I am fortunate to have a wonderful husband who helps me self reflect, but encourages me to just be myself. If you are thinking of ever sharing your knowledge in front of a group, I suggest the same. Add some of your own personality to your presentations to help become real to the people you teach.
Today I came away with new knowledge by attending workshops I had no real interest in, but discovered some fascinating new technologies and advancements in the field of assistive tech. I made new friends, was able to collaborate and network with others, opened myself up to being willing to co-teach a session, and allowed God to work in my life at His will.
I think I might be becoming a conference junkie. I wonder if there is a 12-step program for that?