In October 2012, I went to my first PME-NA conference held in Kalamazoo, MI. I stayed with my friend, Megan. And, we went to every single time-slotted session, discussion, and social event. I think we were living on our "first-math-ed-research-conference" high. It truly was one of my favorite experiences this 2012-2013 academic year. Although at the end, we were completely exhausted. I quickly learned the importance of picking and choosing meaninful sessions, rather attending every session every day. At that time, my first draft for my PME-NA paper, that I intended on submitting, was already completed. As I am not a last minute person, I had purposely wrote the paper in September to liesurely edit the paper. Through a series of events, I found myselfself editting and submitting the paper very late last night.
As I reflect on these experiences, I have the following thoughts:
1. I will never be completely done writing a piece until it has to be done. I think we can edit forever. However, eventually you just need to say let it go.
2. I will learn that rejection (because this certainly could happen), is a part of this field and career. I am sure even the researchers that I admire have been rejected at some point. And, when the rejection happens... be prepared to move on. Although I am intimately close to my data and the paper, it does not define me. A possible rejection of this paper is not suggestive of my career in mathematics education.
3. I learned a lot about writing in a little way. Concise and clear, all jam-packed in to 8 small pages.
No matter what happens, I will be happily attending my favorite conference, PME-NA, held in Chicago this 2013. Now, it's time for me to finish up that poster session submission!