Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Viva Las Vegas

Vegas, Vegas, Vegas!

Erica and I just got back from the SDE Differentiated Instruction conference in amazing Las Vegas. The SDE presenters did a great job of giving us new ideas to use in our classrooms. My list is getting longer and longer of things to get done before the new school year.

After an afternoon of learning, we got to unwind by meeting some of our industry's leading bloggers. We were able to talk with Deanna Jump (Mrs. Jump's Class), Kathy Griffin (Kathy Griffin's Teaching Strategies), Hope King (Second Grade Shenanigans), and Rachelle Smith and Natalie Kay (What the Teacher Wants) to name a few. They all went out of their way to talk with everyone and answer questions. Everyone was so nice! 

Erica, Deanna, and Ashley

A group of these teacher bloggers put together a bunch of fabulous giveways.  Who doesn't like free stuff?! These ladies know the way to a teacher's heart.  Erica and I were two of the lucky winners. We both won resources from Heidi Songs.  I got a DVD titled "Little Songs for Language Arts" and Erica got a "Sing and Spell" CD.  We can't wait to use these next year! Erica also received a $25 gift certificate to the Blue Bird Gift Company (an awesome shop on etsy!). I think everyone at the meet up won something. They had so many prizes!

We were so blessed to have this experience in Las Vegas and can't wait till next year!