March 20, 2016

Spring Teacher Blogger Retreat - Weekend in Review

The Teacher Blogger Retreat in French Lick, IN is always a fun filled weekend. I love this retreat because it is less overwhelming than the TPT conferences. It's a combination of TPT creators, bloggers, and teachers that want to get together to share ideas, build friendships, and inspire each other. The French Lick Resort & Casino is GORGEOUS and historic! I only live about 2 1/2 hours from the resort, so my husband and I have been there a few times on our own to enjoy the hotel, casino, restaurants, and other activities. 
Look at all of the teachers that came this week - over 200 of us!!! 
This weekend could not be possible without Holly Ehle! She is the mastermind behind this event and does an AMAZING job every year. The amount of teachers that attend has basically doubled every year since she started and it's all because of how much fun, yet relaxing she makes this event for teachers. 
The theme of the retreat this year was Passion.  Chad is SO talented and made this AWESOME video to kick-off the retreat! 
We started the morning off with a team building activity and discussed what our passion was. Each table got a letter to write their name and passion on. Once they were all put together, it spelled out: Take Your Passion and Make it Happen. After that, we did some professional development and got to choose 4 sessions we wanted to attend. There were a variety of topics to choose from. Keri and I did a session on collaborative blogging. We gave tips on how to join a collaborative blog, things to consider if someone wanted to start a collaborative blog, and some blogging basics. I had to snap a picture with my girls Lisa and Amy from All Y'all Need! I met them a few years at my 1st TPT conference and they are just the sweetest ladies. I really enjoyed hanging out with them over the weekend. 
Like last year, we did a "teacher tool swap" where we were split into grade levels and did an exchange of our favorite teacher tools. I receive this cute notebook and these double sided markers from Joelle at A Place Called Kindergarten. Then at the end of our day, we got all of this swag from some amazing sponsors!!! Thank you so much to ESGI, Astrobrights, Vera Bradley, Digi by Amy, Creative Clips, Udderly Smooth, TeachersPayTeachers, GoNoodle, The Pencil Grip, Kwik Stix, Creative Teaching Press, and Erin Condren for supporting teachers!
We always have a Saturday fun night at this retreat. Last year it was a pajama party and this year it was 80s themed! It was a lot of fun trying to pick out an outrageous outfit to wear. The troll bow was actually a bow my mom still had from when I was little. This year we had a photo booth, which is always a fun time!
Top left: Keri & Kim were some of my roomies from the weekend. We had lots of laughs together!
Bottom left: Erica is a friend I follow on Instagram, so it was a lot of fun to meet in person!
Bottom middle: I met Vera, at the TPT conference this Summer and she is SO nice. It was great to see her again!
Right: Keri and I took over the photo booth. We weren't ready for the last picture, so you can tell we are a bit surprised. LOL!
I had to grab a picture with all of my collaborative blog friends from The Elementary Entourage! I love all these people and it's always fun when we are able to get together! How hilarious is Greg as Richard Simmons?!
 If you have a chance to make it next year, you definitely want to put it on your calendar!

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See more posts from other teachers that attend the retreat!
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17 comments:

  1. I love seeing all the photo's from 80's night. It looks like it was a blast!

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  2. You saved me this weekend. I really needed a friendly face (who I already knew) to help me reach out. Love you!
    iTeachSTEM

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    1. It was great seeing you, I'm so glad you came!! Love you too girl!!

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  3. I hope you like your journal. I carry mine with me everywhere I go:)

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    1. I do love it! It's nice to have close for when I need to remind myself of notes or TPT ideas that come to mind while I'm on the go :) Great meeting you!!

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  5. I love how bright the Astrobrights card stock is! I make my center activities on card stock and laminate them for durability! Hoping to join you next year!

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    1. Hope you can come too, it's a lot of fun! I too love the bright colors of Astrobrights to make centers more colorful!

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  6. Love the Astrobrights! So pretty and great for anything in the classroom...so happy! :)
    ~Wendy
    sdwd727@gmail.com

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  7. I would love to go to this retreat but it is too far away for me. The kwik stix look awesome! Thanks for the opportunity.

    Christina
    Hanging Around In Primary

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  8. We love you! You and Keri rocked your session! Truly, EE is the best for blogging and friendship! So glad we got to hang out some, too. Even though I was not feeling my best...understatement.

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    1. Thanks girl!! I'm so glad you made the trip again, I love getting to spend time with you! Can't wait til Orlando to get even more of us together! Hope you start feeling better soon. :)

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  9. It looks like so much fun! I will definitely put it on my calendar for next year.

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  10. This weekend was a blast - as first-timers who are just beginning our blogging journey, we learned so much! Holly and her crew did an amazing job. We loved creating the Photo Scavenger Hunt - you should have heard the squealing when pix started showing up on IG! Thanks for your post, Brittany - it was great to meet you and all of the inspiring teacher-authors! We're looking forward to Orlando!

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  11. Do you have to be a blogger/TPTer to attend this retreat? It looks so informative and fun!

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    1. Also, my kiddos would go crazy to see me wearing that GoNoodle swag! :)

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    2. No you don't have to be a blogger/TPTer to come. We had over 20 teachers there that don't blog or TPT and just wanted to join in on the fun! You should come next year!!

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