Friday, February 10, 2017

French Lick Spring Teacher/Blogger Retreat-Session Details

Wow! We are so excited that our retreat is just a little over a month away. We cannot wait to see everyone and have an amazing time together. 

This year, we will be changing our round table/workshop session slightly so that we can best accommodate all of the amazing educators that will be there. Here are the details for our new session format!

Round Tables/ Poster Sessions-
We will be turning our round table sessions into "poster sessions" this year. A poster session is a multi-booth/table environment where attendees have the chance to engage with the teacher presenters one on one or in small groupsPoster sessions allow the teachers presenters the opportunity to create a space and session that is centered around the topic or idea that they are sharing. During this time, attendees are welcome to stop and talk with any poster session that pique's their interest. Some poster sessions are more like Q&A, some are listening to a brief presentation, and some are a blend of the two. 

For example, if a teacher presenter is sharing a session on guided reading, he/she may bring her guided reading tool box. The teacher presenter will be sharing what is in his/her tool box with those who walk up to that poster session. Hands-on materials, pictures, trifold presentation displays, and laptops are just a few of the amazing components of a poster session. 

Teachers will have 5, 10 minute rotations to roam the room and drop in on sessions that interest them. You are free to leave one poster and move on to another within the 10 minute time frames. You are not required to stay at one poster for the entire 10 minutes. 

Here is a sneak peak at some of the amazing poster session topics that we will be offering at the retreat!

Flexible Seating
Donor's Choose
PowerPoint Basics
Blogging Basics
Classroom Management
Getting Started with Teachers Pay Teachers
Integrating Technology
Small Group Reading Instruction
And...much more!!!!

And, if you have not signed up for the retreat yet then here is the information!

Here are the details...
WHO:  YOU are invited!
WHAT:  Spring Blogger/Follower Retreat!
WHEN: March 17, 18 & 19, 2017
WHERE:  French Lick Resort & Casino - French Lick, IN
WHY:   To meet new friends, share blogging & TPT tricks & tips, 
and just have fun! {LOTS and LOTS of FUN!}

Join us for the whole weekend, or just a day!
Here is a peek at some of the things we have planned…
Friday, March 17th
·       OPTIONAL:  Many attendees gather and socialize at the beautiful West Baden Hotel.  Come early and join us!  

Saturday, March 18th
·    Blogger Meet-Up Luncheon:  Get-to-know-you luncheon, teacher product giveaways, and “Teacher Tool” gift swap game

· Keynote Speaker:  None other than PRINCIPAL GERRY will be there to uplift, inspire, and create a room full of laughter

·    Teaching, TPT, Blogging Round-table and Workshop Sessions:  We will send out a survey asking for topics of interest and we invite you to submit a round-table proposal as well.  

Dinner Reservations at Resort Restaurant/s:  (OPTIONAL) Meet up for dinner at one of the resort’s casual, but classy restaurants. 

 Saturday Night Social Event:  Since everyone who is a teacher knows they went into this profession for the fame and fortune (ya, right!!)……We will be rolling out the red carpet for you as we invite you to dress up as your favorite star, pose for the paparazzi, and fabulous fun with friends!  (Heavy hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages, photo booth pictures and party favors included.  There will also be a cash bar.)

Sunday, March 19th
·    Sunday Breakfast/Brunch:  (OPTIONAL) Meet at the resort’s famous breakfast buffet for our last gathering of good food, good conversation, and goodbyes!

The cost for attending this event is $75, which includes your lunch and beverages, a portion of the event room fees and our Saturday night social event (including food and non-alcoholic drinks).  This is the ONLY required fee for the entire weekend!  The rest of the event (hotel fees, if you choose to stay on site, and the remainder of the meal fees will be on your own, based on your choices!).  If you live close, you may choose to drive in for the day.  This fee needs to be paid by Feb.12 to guarantee your registration.  Also, note that due to the increasing popularity of this event, registration may have to be limited due to size.  (More details for payment will be posted on our private FB meet-up/retreat group page.)

 You can read more about it here as well. Registration closes this Sunday( February 12th)!