Spring Teacher Blogger Meet-up 2015

WOW!  As I write this, I am reflecting back onto all of the awesome teachers that I met a couple of weekends ago at the Spring Teacher Blogger Meet Up!  I was a little nervous- you know- meeting up with a bunch of people you really don’t know other than through the world of technology!  So, I recruited two of my co-workers to come along with me! We took a half-day off of school on Friday and traveled south about 5 hours.  When we arrived, we went to casino for a little while and then listened to a band.  The people watching was phenomenal!  We didn’t meet up with any other teachers on Friday but had a blast in each other’s company!

On Saturday, we all met up in a large room in the hotel (French Lick, Indiana).  There were over 100 teachers there!  Of course, everyone started mingling and to get the party going we all had to describe ourselves on different “letters”.  Then, we introduced ourselves to the group and made the word INSPIRATION!”

We cannot thank the companies enough that donated gifts to every teacher!!!  Here is what we got:

Creative Teaching Press!

Scentos Markers!

Vera Bradley Tote!

We even had an Oprah moment!

Holly's "Oprah" moment!
Posted by Heidi Neels on Saturday, March 14, 2015

Erin Condren Planner!

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My teaching partner Kelly won some Book Baggies from Seat Sack Inc.  She says she will go to any students house who doesn’t return it- that’s how awesome the bags are!  

After meeting and talking with one another all afternoon we went and got some food and geared up for the PJ Party!  The PJ Party was sponsored by Teachers Pay Teachers and Go Noodle!  How amazing is that?

At the PJ party, we spent more time socializing.  We had a little photo booth action.  I met a new friend Kimberly from Loving Kinders! 
(Dustie, me, Kelly, Kimberly)

Finally, at the PJ Party, we had MORE giveaways!  I couldn’t believe it when I won an Origami Owl necklace filled with teacher charms!

I REALLY want to go to Vegas this summer!  I am 90% sure that I can go- but I can’t imagine being in the company of even more amazing teachers!  I will definitely be going to the 3rd annual Spring Teacher Blogger Meet-up next year!

A special thanks to Holly from Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connections for arranging and planning this meet-up.  She put an endless amount of time into planning this amazing event!  Thank you Holly!

Check out the adventures of others at the meet up!


2015 Teacher Tool Gift Exchange Linky

Last weekend I went to French Lick, Indiana and got to spend the weekend with some amazing other teachers!  Many of them were bloggers, but some were sellers, teachers, and we even had a secretary!  I love that everyone was included in this weekend giveaway!  A special thanks to Holly from Mrs. Ehle’s Kindergarten Connections who put together this fabulous weekend!

It was a blast and I will be sharing more about it next weekend with you all!  But, we wanted to share one of the fun activities that we did.  We had a teacher tool swap!  We split up into four different groups because we had over 100 teachers there!

Here is the gift that I received!  We did a fun Left/Right swap game that Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten made up.  The kids LOVE all of the new smelly markers and I used them all last week!  The stapler was much needed too.  I just had one break.  It was funny watching me try to figure out how to put the staple in though- they go in the bottom and the picture (directions) weren’t much help!  It took one of my students to figure out how to do it. 

Here are the different groups of teachers that were there!

Thanks for stopping by today- this is a linky, so check out all of the other great blogs and their fun teaching tools that they got!  Come back next week to see all of the fun that we had over the weekend!


iTeach First Blog Launch!

Wow!  It's been a crazy weekend!  I just got to spend the entire weekend with some Fabulous Bloggers and TPT sellers at the Spring Teacher Blogger Meet-up in French Lick, Indiana!  It was a great weekend of making new friends and learning many new ideas!  More on that to come later but first I have something fun to share with you all!

I have decided to team up with some of my very best first grade buddies to write for a collaborative blog! 
That means ONE blog with TONS of great ideas from several super awesome First Grade teachers!

One thing I L-O-V-E about this blog, is you will know exactly what to expect each day of the week.  For every day, there is a blogging theme.  Check them out! 

I'm SO excited to get started on this new adventure, and am thrilled to invite you along for the ride.  Let's celebrate with a little giveaway!  

You can win my Guided Reading Lesson Plans Levels A-Z!  This packet contains plans that can be used on ANY leveled book.  It includes skills that need to be learned at each level.  Skills include Word Work, Reading Strategies, and Comprehension.

All you have to do to enter is follow us over at iTeachFirst then follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter!

Can't wait to get started sharing some great First Grade ideas with you!