March 20, 2016

Take Your Passion and Make It Happen: 2016 Teacher Blogger Retreat

For the last three years, I have had the privilege to attend the French Lick Teacher Blogger Retreat.  For two of those years, I have had the opportunity to help Holly (Mrs. Ehle's Kindergarten Connection) with the details of this event.  Watching this event grow over the years has been amazing.

Going into this year, I have to admit, I felt burned out.  Being a teacher is not for the faint of heart.  The responsibility we have to our students is huge, not to mention all of the additional pressures we have (or even put on ourselves).  I feel as if I had lost sight of what was important to me as a teacher.

This weekend was, in a word, fabulous.  

I was able to reconnect with some of my favorite people.

Not only was I surrounded by many of the most positive people I know, I was also able to be inspired to remember that I love what I do, no matter how stressful it can be.  When I have days where I feel like I'm being pulled in all different directions, I can remember that there are hundreds of thousands of inspiring teachers in the same boat.  We aren't alone in living our passion!

As always, we had so many wonderful sponsors who shared the love with us for the weekend.
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After the afternoon session, we quickly got dressed and ready for the evening event... 

Our EPIC 80s Party!

There are no words for this part of the day...

Thanks to GoNoodle for the awesome Photo Booth!

Several of us also participated in a top-secret FLASH MOB!!!

I am so thankful I was able to be part of the Teacher Blogger Retreat again this year.  I'm already so excited to see what next year brings!

Want the chance to win an AWESOME prize pack, including a Hue Document Camera and a year of ESGI?  Sign up below for your chance!

Want to read more about this year's retreat?  Check out these blog posts!


  1. I have been reading about sit spots all year long...this is my first year in Kinder and I would love to try them out!

  2. Oh my goodness! I felt so burned out too. I almost didn't get in the car and drive to Indiana. Being sick, overworked, stressed, etc. had me overwhelmed. I am SOOOOOOOO glad I came.

  3. Looks fabulous! I could definitely use the Erin Condren planner! I leave too much up to memory these days and my memory isn't what it used to be! Alicia

  4. I have been eyeing the Better Life Bags for awhile.

  5. The kindergarten allows plenty of time for kids to play and develop friendships. The staff at Phoenix preschool was quite caring and supportive. I have not encountered any difficulties while enrolled at this school.

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