2016 Teacher Meet Up

Our 2016 Teacher Meet Up in Orlando was so much fun. This was our 5th year hosting and thanks to our very generous event sponsors (Teachers Pay TeachersGoNoodle, and many others) over 700 hundred teachers enjoyed a night filled with hugs, laughter, and of course prizes! This meet up would not have been possible without the support of all our 2016 Teacher Meet Up Sponsors. 


Please take a look at all our generous sponsors, see the prizes they donated, and give them some love for supporting teachers!! 

Click any of the images to visit our Orlando Teacher Meet Up sponsor sites. 















No meet up would be complete without our amazing planning team. These ladies helped with planning, getting sponsors, filling 700 swag bags, and setting up! We couldn't do it without everyone of these amazing ladies!

(Cute custom shirts made by Beautifully Broken Boutique!)

2016 Orlando Teacher Meet-Up Organizers

And of course, Rachelle rocked the microphone as our Meet Up MC and Natalie captured every moment with her phenomenal photography skills (along with Erica from Erica's Ed-Ventures). 

I have received a ton of emails and messages asking how to take part in this fabulous event. Be sure you follow Dragonflies in First's FaceBook page and this website as well as What The Teacher Wants Facebook Page(you can find more pics there, too!).  We usually start announcing the detail in June each year. We can't wait until next year!

#2016OrlandoMeetUp - See You There!!

In LESS THAN ONE MONTH we'll be getting ready for our biggest event of the year, the annual Teacher Meet-Up! Here's what you need to know:

Our Teacher Meet-Up is moving to.... Sunny Orlando, Florida! July 13th at 6pm. #2016orlandomeetup This will be our 5th annual teacher blogger meet up. If you've ever joined us before, you know there will be lots of fun, lots of laughing, and lots of prizes to give away! Thanks to our main sponsor TeachersPayTeachers

Here's a shot of some of the fabulous teachers who came out last year! Check out more pictures from our 2012 and 2013 and 2014 meet ups!  
At last year's meet up we gave away hundreds of prizes and this year will be no exception! We have lots of surprises in store for this meet up, so PLEASE join us!

(A peek at last year's prizes. All donated by our awesome sponsors!)

We had so many other sponsors that helped donate over $55,000 worth of swag, prizes, and goodies!  Can you believe that?!  I don't know about you, but to us... that's a whole lotta love for teachers!   *All teachers are invited to this meet-up! You do not need to have a blog to attend this special event! *You can RSVP on our official Facebook event page: HERE! If you do not have a Facebook account, you can RSVP by commenting on this post. *Please don't be shy! Every year we have people who are worried about not knowing anyone. This is a great opportunity to say hi to some of your favorite teacher-bloggers, as well as meet new friends and connect with teachers from all over! *Please download the name tag template HERE. *The meet up will be held at The Swan and Dolphin Resort, but the actual conference room number will be posted closer to the meet up. Follow ourFacebook event page to get updates on the exact location. We are super excited for our trip this year and know that this Teacher Meet Up will be the best one yet!!
Here are the meet-up organizers from last year!
I can't wait to see ya'll in sunny Orlando!

No Time to Reinvent the Wheel! I Appreciate You!

You work hard.

Your day is comprised of SO much more than teaching curriculum. Instilling smarts into your little peep's minds is just a fraction of your job.

This career path is not easy. But no one said it would be. We definitely didn't choose this avenue in life for it's ease.

It IS amazingly rewarding! Even if that reward is not a financial one.

Teaching speaks to your creativity and enthusiasm. It answers your need to help and spread love and compassion.

The dedication it requires leaves you exhausted, yet fulfilled.

The only thing it doesn't offer is time. There simply is never enough time. The struggle is real.

Writing and Grammar Assessments SIMPLIFIED

Grading writing can be a cumbersome process. Often the tools teachers are given to assist in this feat are lacking, unclear, or simply make things more difficult than seems necessary.

My colleagues and I have struggled with poor writing rubrics FOR.EV.ER.  Poor rubrics have absolutely been our greatest challenge in grading student writing.

Then I decided enough was enough.

S'more Syllable Fun - Use Your Jaw!

Do your kids ever do this? Time and time again I find that my little peeps struggle when they try to "clap the syllables" or tap their "head/shoulders/hips" to find the syllables. They've been taught this technique by previous teachers and it works ok. But when you're a beginning reader and are just diving into the craziness that is PHONICS, those techniques aren't very accurate. It can make things a little difficult when you are trying to sound out words.

Write About It!

Sometimes all we need is a little inspiration to spark a whole lot of creativity.

Some of the most fun "writing prompts" I use in class are picture prompts. The wackier, the better!

The pictures allow for the kids to provide a lot of detail and interesting "facts" describing the what and the why of each picture.

I add fun pictures that I find online to one of my boards on Pinterest.

Reflections of 2015

I cannot believe it's time for our annual reflections linky party!

I honestly cannot believe it's already mid December. But I'll take it! Yay for winter break and no alarm clock!

Kristin, Hadar and I are reflecting on our favorite things for 2015 and hope you join us! Here are a few of my favorite memories of 2015.

Become a Sight Word Hero!

I have a kiddo who is really struggling to reach grade level standards. Unfortunately he didn't attain all that he should have last year and the riggers of first grade curriculum are quite challenging. We've been working hard and he now has a pretty great grasp on consonant sounds - that dang Y causes some problems - and is getting a surer foot with short vowels.

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