Summer, glorious summer. If you are reading this, I hope that you have TRIED to relax and recharge from all those long hours put in at school and prepping/planning at home. But I know if you are like most teachers, your mind never strays too far from the classroom. (I see all your dollar spot pics on IG!) I think its in our blood to just live and breathe teaching most of the time. We love to collaborate, and teacher bloggers are no different! Just over a week ago teacher bloggers from all over WI (and the Midwest!) jumped at the opportunity to meet and collaborate.
Angela from Hippo Hooray for Second Grade, Paige from Our Elementary Lives, and I hosted the 2nd annual meet up for Wisconsin bloggers and TpT authors. This year was all about reconnecting with people we met last year and making new connections. We were thrilled that over 30 amazing bloggers/TpTers came out to join us for food, collaboration, and fun!
Here's a little recap of our fun filled day! We met up at this adorable little restaurant in Madison, WI called Erin's Snug Irish Pub. And I have to say the food and service was FABULOUS!
Okay seriously how cute are those cookies? Almost too cute to eat! (I say *almost* because I may have devoured one...or two)
First up, time to mingle and chat for our attendees while we got everything set up, including these amazing swag bags for everyone that came!
There was so much awesomeness inside that bag of SWAG! Special thanks to A+ Images, Creative Clips, Seat Sacks, Kindergarten Smorgasboard, Astrobrights Paper (which is made in WI, who knew?), Go Noodle, Planbook, Sheila Jane Teaching, Teaching in the Tongas, The Wright Stuff, Laugh Eat Learn, Smart Teaching, See Jane Teach Multiage, Mrs. Unger's Unbelievable Elementary Experiences, The Teacher Studio, L Paull Designs for All, Lessons With Coffee, Meghan's Pad, Wise Guys and Brain Brigade for spoiling all our guests!
Next up we enjoyed lunch and played a name that font game with fonts from the fabulous Kimberly Geswein. Along with all the fun and socializing, we wanted to make sure the event was full of collaboration and learning. We decided to hold round table discussions so that not only our discussion leaders could share their expertise, but also to give the opportunity for our attendees to share their ideas and tips on various topics. It was so awesome to have conversations and collaborate with our peers!
Throughout all of the chit chat we stopped for these awesome giveaways. We are so grateful to all of these generous donors for supporting teachers!
SDE, Planbook, The Wright Stuff, Creative Clips, Surviving Social Studies, I Teach What's Your Superpower, Whimsy Clips
Laugh Eat Learn Designs, A Modern Teacher, Surviving Social Studies, I Teach What's Your Superpower, Whimsy Clips Tieks, Sheila Jane TeachingSDE, Planbook, The Wright Stuff, Classroom Friendly Supplies, L Paull Designs for All, Sit Spots
Between the swag bags and giveaways everyone left a winner! It was truly AMAZING to see all the support for our event!
But we weren't done yet! The hghlight of our event was our video chat Q & A with Nicole from Teachers Pay Teachers. She was so fabulous to take time out of her Saturday to talk with all of us. Just another example of why TpT is so amazing!
And of course they surprised 3 of our lucky attendees with gift cards! Thanks TpT!
And we ended the day with more chatting and a big group photo with these adorable shirts that A+ images generously donated for our entire group!