Saturday, April 5, 2014

Spring Blogger Meet-Up Blog Hop

A couple of weeks ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to meet-up with around 50 amazing teacher bloggers from Indiana and other states in French Lick, Indiana. I was very excited to reunite with many that I met last summer and to meet many new ones. I had no idea how wonderful it actually was going to be. Holly from Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connection is an AMAZING planner and this event was out of this world! (She is also the start of the Blog Hop, so go visit her page.)

We started with a great lunch and time to mingle with the many bloggers there. I sat with some of the ladies from last year's Indiana meet-up. (Note: Most of the pictures that I am sharing were taken by other bloggers, such as Jenny from Luckeyfrog's Lilypad, Nicole from All Things Apple in 2nd and Greg from Kindergarten Smorgasboard. I always forget to take many pictures at events!)

Left to right: Me, Annie from Twenty-Something Teacher Tales, Ciera from Adventures of Room 129, Krea from Learning in Progress, Brenda from Primary Inspired, Amy from Math, Science, Social Studies Oh My  

Here is even more of the wonderful ladies that I was reunited with! We are still missing at least one from this picture that was in French Lick. Do you see anyone you know?


We did a fun gift swap as a large group. We all stood in a circle and passed our gifts left and right whenever one of those were said in a story. I got some great items from Art Skills in an adorable peace bag. What teacher doesn't love stickers, border and markers?  I am so excited. I absolutely loved the spinner activity to practice colors also.  This is perfect for my students.


Then, there were so many giveaways by a lot of GREAT companies! Every since person that attended received something in the giveaways, and we all walked away with a lot of free things also, including a Vera Bradley bag!  (I did have to laugh though because I felt like a walking contradiction since I am an Independent Thirty-One Consultant and had a lot of Thirty-One bags with me, but no worries, I will be using this BEAUTIFUL Vera Bradley bag!  I LOVE it!)  Look at all the beautiful bags. I got the blue one!


I really appreciated all the wonderful gifts that we received. Continue through the entire hop to check out all the amazing gifts and sponsors.  The sponsor of the item I won was Teachers Pay Teachers!  This was an absolutely perfect gift for me, as I do not sell much on TPT at this time, but I am a frequent shopper.  I am using this on some activities for my 1st graders for my Reading group. Thank you Teachers Pay Teachers!


During this hop, we are each sharing three things that we learned during the weekend. It is hard to pick just three, but here is what I have chosen to share.

1. I need to do more with my pictures!  There are so many wonderful apps out there to add colorful greatness to pictures. Currently, I am loving what people are doing with Beautiful Mess. I want to start using some of these.  (I have to remember to take pictures first though..LOL).  I haven't had a chance to do much with this yet, but I am looking forward to putting this new knowledge to use.

2. I have wondered how some bloggers fit it all in. I just cannot seem to find the time to do everything. It was suggested to make it a part of your daily routine. Sending out messages at different points in the day whenever you have a couple minutes of down time. I really want to focus on doing this and interacting with my followers more. Now, I just need to find those spare minutes in my day.

3. I often worry that my ideas are just not that great. There are so many great bloggers out here, and I second guess my own ideas thinking that someone else has probably written it better. We were reminded that we all have different followers and that we all do things a little differently, so we shouldn't be worried about sharing our ideas.

Now, it is time for you to join the giveaway fun. One person will get to receive all of these things in the pictures below and MORE.  Yes, that is an Erin Condren gift card (I am still deciding what to use mine for.) and much more.  You must hop all the way through to see who all attended this wonderful meet-up. When you get to the end, you will be able to enter by following the blogs, Facebook pages and more. You might want to follow as you hop along to save time!


You are now on your way to the next blog, who just so happens to be named Heather also!  Go check her out and see what great prize she received and what she learned. Heather from Smack Dab in the Middle is waiting for you.

Smack Dab in the Middle

Friday, April 4, 2014

Inclusion Innovations with Mrs. Salsman: Plan Together


Once you have your groupings set up, it is time to start planning for your groups. It is very important that you plan with the teacher you are co-teaching with. This may sound like a common sense thing, but as teachers, we are very busy, and many times we do not have time to sit down with others to really plan. It is often a skipped step.

It is best to have a set time each week to plan together to make sure that you are on the same page for the upcoming week and month. This is something that I haven't done as well as possible, and I know that true co-teaching has been better when we have taken the time to plan together.  

When team teaching, you really need to know the exact direction that you will go in.  For the first few times, it may be beneficial to write a basic script to follow to help get into the groove.  Once you are used to team teaching, it will come must easier.

For subjects such as Math, there are a variety of methods to complete different problems. Plan which ways you will show them. Maybe each teacher will show a method, but these need to be planned and agreed upon.  The worst thing is to be on different pages and not agree with each other in front of the students. 

Do you have a co-planning time?  How is it structured?


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