I have to add my comments to the vendors discussion.
I attended the Illinois art conference this weekend
and the vendors were very friendly and considerate to
me even though I am a student. I found that at the
national conference, some of the vendors would be
hesitant to talk to me (I think because I was wearing
a student badge). Several of the vendors at this
conference would ask what grade level I taught and
when I said, "Oh, I'm just student teaching now", they
would respond with "Well, take a catalog and some
samples anyways, you will need to order supplies
soon!" So I appreciate being treated with respect.
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