It’s that time of year. Right up there with Christmas morning, NCAA March Madness opening weekend, and the two meat dinner with ribs & hot links at Roy’s Pit BBQ.

Yup. It’s NCSS conference time.

I always learn so much. Meet so many people. And I always walk away better than when I walked in.

And just like always, I’ll be trying to live blog sessions that I attend. So strap in. It’s gonna be a great ride.

A few things I’m looking forward to?

I’m presenting two sessions. So if you’re around and curious, I’m doing a basic session titled Three Sweet Tech Tools for Integrating the C3 Inquiry Arc at 2:00 on Friday. We’ll chat about a lot of stuff but the focus will be on using Google Earth, Padlet, and Canva.

On Friday and Saturday, I’ll get the chance to spend some time as part of the House of Delegates – representing the state of Kansas. It’s a small delegation. Me and Brad Burenheide. We’re a vital cog in the wheel that is NCSS governance. At least that’s what I’m telling myself. But it’s always interesting and there are always new folks to hang out with.

On Sunday at 8:00, I have the honor to co-present with Deb Brown, Social Studies Consultant extraordinaire, from Shawnee Mission – a large district near Kansas City. We’re presenting a featured workshop called Sweet Strategies for Integrating Reading and Writing into the Elementary Classroom. The session is part of the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program and mostly because of Deb, it’s gonna be awesome.

And, of course, lots of things to see and do in Boston including eating some delicious truck food.

I hope to see you there! If we don’t happen to bump into each other, be sure to follow the blog posts and Twitter updates.

Let the games begin!