I just got home from the Vegas trip very late last night.
As I was drinking my coffee this morning (out of my BRAND NEW mug) I was reflecting on all that I won the last few days.
No, I didn't win any of the giveaways all week. I didn't do any gambling either. But it was definitely a winning week!
The amazing Rachel Lynette was not only our featured keynote speaker, but I attended 2 of her sessions as well! She was inspiring, knowledgeable, and touching. Here's one of my favorite things Rachel had to say:
It's pretty clear that Rachel feels strongly about supporting other educators and helping others! I couldn't agree more!
Adam had this to share:
The week was, indeed like summer camp for grown ups! There were so many teachers and bloggers swarming the hotel, it was one big party! Although there were over 1000 teachers there, I looked for those red or black lanyards, and smiled at anyone who had them! There was a bond between us all. We shared something very special!
A few other quotes from the trip?
This was from Laura Candler of Teaching Resources. This is pretty important to most teachers!
This was from Paul, the founder of Teachers Pay Teachers.
I do have to say, the very best part of this trip was getting together with so many incredible educators! We had amazing conversations! We had amazing food! We shared amazing thoughts!
I've met several of these same teachers at various times. This was my third Teacher/ Blogger Meet Up in Vegas. You can read about the other Meet ups here:
I went to several get togethers with the New England Blogger group. Here's the first time I met with them:
Our group keeps growing. I never did a blog post on the last couple of get togethers, but we're growing! Here's what we looked like last month:
(This same picture was featured on one of the slides used at the Keynote address this week:
Not a great shot, but if you look closely, you can see it on the bottom left.)
Plus, I took a trip to New York last fall with some other bloggers.
Then I took a trip to Atlanta in February!
Every time I get together with teacher bloggers, I am totally inspired and proud to be a teacher!
It was nice seeing many familiar faces and getting reacquainted with friends, but it was equally as awesome getting to know more teachers.
We are truly a fascinating bunch!
A few things I learned:
1. I need to get to these conferences a day or two early so I can do the initial "hellos" before the actual business starts. Plus, I need the time to adjust to the time change and settle in!
2. As much as I LOVE this group, I'm glad I got a single room. I was able to get back to the quiet a couple of times and let my head clear a bit before going back to constant conversation!
3. I need to stay a day or two after the conference to relax and enjoy Vegas, as well as enjoy conversations about it all!
4. I need to get outside! From Wednesday through Saturday, the only time I was outside was to and from the airport, and about 45 minutes by the pool before the shuttle picked me up for the airport. That's a little bit crazy!
5. There are plenty of people as passionate as I am about making education better and doing it all for the kiddos. Vegas was fun, but it really is all about the kids, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Want to hear more about the Vegas trip? Check out the linky at the Elementary Entourage!