Tuesday and Wednesday I attended sessions at SDE's first annual I Teach 2nd national conference.
My first session was all about the first 30 days of school with Kathy Griffin. This quote from her session stuck with me. Sometimes we forget how far we go with our kiddos throughout the year.
I attended a few other sessions on Tuesday about writing, differentiation, and the Lego Math curriculum and finished my day off with a GoNoodle Dance party...
followed up by some sweets at Carlo's Bakery...
and a stroll around the Grand Canal Shoppes...
Wednesday was a super busy day from start to finish!
I started my day off with Jazzercise with Rachelle from What The Teacher Wants. I wish I could start every day with her! She is so much fun to be around probably just what I need each morning!
No - this picture was not taken after we were all sweaty from Jazzercise - it was the next day!
After a quick run back to my room to change, I found myself sitting on the front row of both of Hope King from Elementary Shenanigans sessions and I could have probably stayed right there listening to her the rest of the day. These were the BEST sessions I attended during I Teach 2nd - hands down! I was so inspired to make be a better teacher for my kiddos through uncommon experiences, a fun and positive attitude, songs and dances, and more!
Wednesday night was the BIG teacher blogger meet-up with over 1100 teachers! I got to meet some of my favorite teacher "idols" and hope that some of their awesomeness would rub off on me!
2nd Grade Teachers are the BEST - duh!
My roommate, Shelly from Smiling and Shining in 2nd Grade, and I even hit up the GoNoodle photo booth for some fun photos with our favorite GoNoodle champs!
Thursday morning, I was able to do some networking with other 1st and 2nd grade teachers and was able to meet some of my Instagram friends in real life!
Thursday night we decided to take in a show and decided on Human Nature's Motown Show - and it was AWESOME!
Friday was Day 2, and the last day (tear!), of the TPT conference.
The TPT Keynote surely didn't disappoint - I almost cried at the thought of the impact that all of the awesomeness in that room could have on the world of education!
Paul Edelman - the man that started it all - on Craigslist!
This quote almost made me cry - "My teacher thought I was smarter than I was - so I was." That is what it is all about my friends.
Erin Cobb, from Lovin' Lit, did a great session about going from a teacher to a teacherentrepeneur and it definitely made me think about how I'm going to take my TPT store to the next level and how I'm going to do it. She is so funny! She said, when someone asks us what we do, it can be so difficult to explain (to a non-educator), what we as TPTers do - this is often the look that we give the asker of that question...
So many people think we are in some type of scheme that is illegal or can't be real, but it is definitely a real thing and is having a huge impact in classrooms all over the world!
Friday evening we celebrated our "adult summer camp" with TPT closing remarks and happy hour complete with pictures, networking, more photo booths, and friend-making!
Friday night we kicked back with the Primary Pack at the Bourbon Room, made some more teacher friends and even set up some collaboration connections, before we packed up and hit the sack! I had an early flight Saturday morning and we were exhausted!
Saturday morning came and I couldn't believe what a week I had had. To be surrounded by such teacher greatness, to make all these new friends that have the same passion that I do was just awesome. I was ready to go home, but I longed to stay so I could stay on this teacher-high. Luckily, I start school in 2 weeks, so I'm hoping all I brought home with me can go right into my classroom.
By Vegas, I'm hoping I'll see ya' next year!