Hey everyone!! I'm sad to say these are my last couple days of spring break :(, BUT I have had 2 great weeks off and now just have to push through 38 days!! hah No one is counting, right?? :)
Well, the first thing I did to kick off my fabulous break was meet-up with some absolutely AMAZING, DEDICATED, AND FUN people I know!!!
That's right!! I got to reunite with some teachers that I've already become friends with along with making awesome news friendships!! It's a feeling you rarely feel when you are completely surrounded by people JUST LIKE YOU!! It's an incredible high! You feel like anything is possible! We all met at the beautiful French Lick Resort in French Lick, IN. I was determined to be my GPS estimated time of arrival (of course driving the speed limit) which I did! I made it in 2 hours from the south side of Indy!
Look at this beauty in the foyer of the hotel! Gorgeous!
Teacher Tool Swap!!!
One of the things I was so excited about was our Teacher Tool Swap!! What teacher doesn't like getting school supplies?!? I love the school supply sections in any store! :) So we all brought a teacher tool(s) that we love to use and wrapped it up. Then we stood in a circle and played the Right, Left game with a story! If you have never used a Right, Left story with your students, please do! You'll realize how few of them have their right and left down! hah It's so fun! Every time you heard those words, you moved the gift that direction. When the story was over, whatever bag you had in your hand, you kept!
I brought none other than the Staples Easy Button!!!
One of my friends and coworkers uses this, and I had to have it! I have the kids push it when they were able to answer something, or I'll do it when I notice the kids getting something! So fun!
I received what all teachers love...COLORED PENS!!!!! I absolutely LOVE writing utensils!! Take a look at these Paper Mate beauties!!! I had to test them out right away at the table when I opened them!! hah Click on the picture to go to their awesome website!
I also received DOVE CARAMEL MILK CHOCOLATE!!!!! Once again, what teacher doesn't LOVE chocolate especially with caramel!! Yummm!
What I gained!!
1. New Friends!!!
My AWESOME roommates!!! Danielle from Kindergarten Glitters (your next stop) and Dana from Common to the Core!!
The AMAZING, funny, and kind Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasboard!
Visiting with some new and old friends!! (From left to right) Amy from Math, Science, Social Studies...Oh my!, Krea from Learning in Progress, Annie from Twenty-Something Teacher Tales, Brenda from Primary Inspired, Jenny from Luckeyfrog's Lilypad, Cierra from Adventures of Room 129, Heather from Teaching Through Turbulence, and then there's me! :)
2. New Ideas!!!
I learned so many new ideas that we were all writing things down throughout!!! I want to get Boogie Boards, more Scentos, make blogging a routine, use Blog Touch to do blog posts on my devices, and stay in touch with these wonderful people!!
3. Collaborate More!!!
One of the biggest things I realized was that we get so much better by collaborating with others!! So I really want to do more meet-ups (of course :), but I also want to collaborate more with blogging!
Giveaway Prize I Received!!!
Can I say that I hit the jackpot???? Look at all of these awesome, colorful, and useful classroom decor and materials from Creative Teaching Press!! I can't wait to create my new bulletin board with my hexagon border and cut-outs!! I also LOVE the Pennant Number Line and Library Pockets!! I'm going to be using a new system for take home books so the library pockets are perfect!!! Who can have too many stickers?? The apple stickers are so cute with different patterns and sayings! I'll even have my door ready with the Welcome Apple set! Creative Teaching Press has truly impressed me!!! Click here to go their website!!! It's definitely worth it!
Now YOUR turn to WIN!!! GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
You can win ALL of this and MORE!!! All you have to do is hop ALL the way through our blog hop to find the Rafflecopter to enter the MASSIVE GIVEAWAY!!! You don't want to miss out on all of these AWESOME prizes!!!
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look into our Indiana Blogger Meet-Up!!! Your next stop is with Danielle from Kindergarten Glitters!!! She was one of my fantastic roommates at the meet-up!!! Click on her blog button to continue on the hop and the path to the MASSIVE GIVEAWAY!! :)