Wow! What a week! I am back from the SDE I Teach K Conference in Las Vegas and it was an amazing time! My Kindie teammate Jenna and I arrived Sunday and checked into the Venetian Hotel. It was gorgeous and so much fun! We were so excited to be there, we were like kids before Christmas morning :0)
Monday started bright and early with the first of four different sessions with Deanna Jump. We attended her “Alphapalooza”, “Learning Detectives”, “Marvelous Math Workshops” and “Decoding Strategies for Beginning Readers”. I can honestly say now that I have seen her in person, she is really a great woman who obviously loves kids and teaching. She is inspiring and was a wealth of information! My teammate Jenna won a ESGI Assessment one year subscription during one of her sessions which will be so cool to check out this year!
Tuesday was again another early start with a “Writer’s Workshop” session with DeeDee Wills and “Clap, Snap and Rap” fun with Debbie Clement. I learned songs that will now be stuck in my head and hopefully my student’s heads for a very long time! At the end of Debbie’s session, I actually won a ESGI Assessment one year software subscription as well. Both Jenna and I are really excited to try out this program this year with our Kindies!
Our afternoon was spent with DeeDee Wills again for her “Deliberate Read-Alouds Instruction” workshop. DeeDee Wills is another teacher-author-instructor that I really look up to. If you are ever given the opportunity to attend one of her conferences it will be money well spent! Both of her sessions were so full of great, hands on classroom tips and ways to implement things in your classroom! By this time my head was so filled with amazing information but I was starting to feel like I couldn’t comprehend one more thing! Jenna and I had always wanted to find out the buzz of sketch-noting so we went for it and attended one more workshop by Eliza Thomas called “Sketch-noting 101”. It was amazing and a perfect way to end the day.
Wednesday was our last day of the conference and we wanted to squeeze in as many sessions as possible before we headed back to the airport. “Simply Science” by Kim Adsit was a wonderful session that was full of hands on, ready to use classroom ideas. “Challenging Kindergarteners with STEM and STEAM” by Judy Ross really made me eager to dive into Science with my littles this year. Our last workshop was “Creating a Child-Centered Classroom” with Stacy Linderman. I was really interested in this workshop because of all of the time and energy I have put in so far this summer re-doing my classroom! It was great confirmation that Jenna and I are heading in the right direction to create a wonderful environment and provide child-centered activities for our Kindies! Then we were off to the airport.
Another two highlights of our trip were the “SDE Vendor Booths” and the “Teach Meet Up Pajama Party”! The vendor booths were a great way to walk around, get ideas for the classroom, see exciting new curriculum or products and interact with many different type of people in our wonderful profession! I have to say I was completely smitten with “Show And Tell Aprons” and couldn’t pass up purchasing one of their adorable interactive teaching aprons. I plan to do a full blog about this great product in a few weeks once I use it with the kiddos in my classroom so stay tuned! The “Teacher Meet Up Pajama Party” was such a blast! There was a dance party, photo booth, swag bags and amazing giveaways. But what Jenna and I loved the most was getting to sit down and chat with other Kindie teachers all around our country… ok and the photo booth hosted by GoNoodle was amazing!
Wow! It was a fast and furious weekend but so worth it. It is really encouraging to see so many teachers gathered together that truly care about teaching and their students. I strongly feel that as teachers we must always be learning ourselves and this was a wonderful opportunity to do just that! I am so excited for the Fall and using many of these great ideas to enhance my teaching! What professional development have you done this summer? I would love to hear about it in the comments!
Happy Teaching Birdies!