Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vegas Vacation

Last week we were lucky enough to be part of a fabulous group of teachers and bloggers at the SDE I Teach 1st conference in Las Vegas.  Here are just a few of the sweet ladies we got to meet and hang out with. 


Diane celebrated her 50th birthday on Monday (the day we arrived).  With the help of Rachelle Smith I had a surprise birthday dinner planned for her . . . unfortunately the surprise was that we would arrive in Las Vegas nearly 6 hours late due to flight delays and have to postpone the party until the following night.

After two busy days of traveling and presenting at the conference we managed to find time to take in all the sights on the strip.  Around 9:30pm on our last night we threw on our gym shorts, tank tops and running shoes and hit the pavement.  Diane had never been to Vegas so we made sure we saw it all.  It was nearly 2:00 am when we finally arrived back at our hotel {The Pallazo}. 

Here are just a few of our “Selfies on the Strip” . . .


Las Vegas wasn’t all fun and games . . . we worked, too!  Talk about nervous . . . yikes!!!!!  We were both wondering what we had gotten ourselves into the night before our presentations.  Luckily we had amazing facilities, a very helpful AV guy named Charles (who we nicknamed Charles In Charge) who help us set things up and a fabulous group of teachers who attended all three sessions. 


And now . . . we have lots of new products and freebies just for you from our presentations.



click {here} to download copies of the posters and graphic organizers that were featured in our session on emerging writing strategies.


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We’ve created three brand new sets {Animal Print, Chevron Print and Polka Dot Print} of center materials to use to levelize your kiddos into 4 guided reading groups and set up 8 weekly math and literacy centers in your classroom.  An updated step-by-step guide will be available on our blog in the next few days.


We hope you are all enjoying your summer break . . . after getting home we finally feel like we’ve got a little break.  No more late nights spent pouring over PowerPoint presentations and handouts.  We are both geared up and excited to start updating all of our thematic center units and creating some new sets of materials to use with emerging writers.  Being around so many creative educators has us both pumped and ready for a great school year.  We’ve got lots of fun ideas coming!



  1. Looks amazing! Thank you for the freebies & I'm excited for the upcoming guide!
    WISH I had been in Vegas...I was at a wedding in Ohio that weekend. I'll be there next year!
    Thanks again,

  2. It was a dream come true meeting you ladies. We had the best time chatting with another teacher team. :) We can't wait to do it again!
    Christy & Tammy

  3. Vegas looks like an amazing time! Thank you for the writing freebies! I know my first graders will benefit from this organization. Thanks for sharing all your resources! You ladies are great!
    Rambling About Reading

  4. Thanks for the pictures and updates. I LOVE your rotation system, and so do my firsties! Thanks for all your hard work!! :)

  5. I loved meeting you in Las Vegas!! I am excited to put a spin on your centers to make it fit into our Daily 5!! :)