Friday, July 26, 2013

Part 1: Visions of Vegas

I thought you might like to see some of the photos I took at the I Teach K conference in Vegas and photos other friends of mine grabbed. It was a crazy and exhausting 4days. I attended all the classes I could because the quality was amazing and I paid out of my own pocket... just sayin' 
I don't want to bore you to death but here are some of the highlights: 

Debbie opened up the conference as the keynote speaker and she was fantastic. She has endless energy and enthusiasm for her work and is a true artist in every sense of the word. She energized the audience (at AM in the morning), talked about her passion for music, young children, and the beautiful books that she has written. On top of that she made us (her teacher bloggers buddies) come on stage and rock it out with her. Her fabulous costumes are designed and created by her. I am hooked on this wonderful educator. Please take some time to read her well written blog Rainbows With In Reach. Follow her to learn about young children and her music.

 There was so much dancing, signing and singing but the highlight of the morning was her piggy song which I have just a tiny video clip of. Take a minute to watch this because you will pee in your pants! Check out Deanna dancing, Deedee, MattChrystal and Jon. Jon? He is a friend from Twitter.  Who knew he could dance like that. Hilarious.
Check out the entire dance on You Tube by clicking here. I promise you will not regret this.


Wasn't that just the best! You can hear me woohooing in the background. Loved it!

Ron Clark was another keynote speaker. He was fantastic and jumped all over the room. He could keep anyone engaged with his passion and energy. If you have never seen him, GO. You will be changed forever.

The blogger meet up was so much fun and I loved watching people interact with each other. The room was filled with some of the best teachers this country has to offer and for a moment I felt overwhelmed by the talent and skills these young women have. If you feel like the system has beaten you down, attend this party next year to realize that there are so many of us who still love our jobs and are passionate about educating young children.Seriously, I was the oldest in the room... no lie. 

These ladies are all beautiful, inside and out and I was grateful to spend four days in their company. I am still trying to process all that I learned. This is just the beginning and I have more pictures coming.
Can you come next year? 


Miss Kindergarten said...

So much fun!!!!!!!

Sneaker Teacher said...

Do you have a list of all these great bloggers and their sites? Particularly for K? I need to breath some life back into my blog roll!


Ms. Lopez said...

You are too funny!! And it was great running into you that first night!

krazy4K said...

Wish we could rewind to that week!!! AWESOME!!!

Debbie Clement said...

We are a mutual admiration society, Fran. One of the highlights of the amazing whirlwind of joy, were those quiet moments together and hearing of your quilt projects created with children.

There is so much energy and enthusiasm in an event of this caliber. I am just beginning to reflect on the many conversations begun and the friendships that evolved from 'screen-buddies' to 'real life' hugs.

It was my 15 minutes of FAME. I am so thrilled that you were a part of it and will forever appreciate your prioritizing the experience.

All the best for the year ahead. We 'seasoned' professionals must stick together with the brilliant youth following in our footsteps. This was the grandest occasion to meld all of that together.

Debbie Clement

Mrs. Patton said...

Looks like you had so much fun! I miss teaching kinder... :)

Colleen Patton
Mrs. Patton’s Patch

Chrissy said...

Meeting you at the Blogger party was an absolute highlight of the week for me. How sorry am I that we didn't take a photo?! Next year, right? :-)
Chrissy ReadWriteSing

KinderKapers said...

I wish, I wish...I am saving my monies for next year! The collaborations and fun would be beyond words. I love seeing the pictures (even if it does make me a bit jealous).

Terri Izatt

Teach-A-Roo said...

Oh, Fran... On our way home, Jennifer asked me what my favorite part of the conference was and honestly I said, "Spending time with Fran!" You are a wealth of knowledge, a ball of energy and seriously one of the kindest and most genuine people I have met in a long time. Your passion for children is evident and contagious. Thank YOU for allowing me to spend time getting to know you. Hopefully we can hang out again next year.

Callie K.

Fran Kramer said...

That is the nicest thing anyone has ever written and I almost started bawling my eyes out. I love meeting all of you and spending time together. Next time we hang out more and get to know each other even better. Please keep in touch. I am full of amazing memories of this trip!
Love you,

Heather W said...

It was so great to official meet you! Thank you for the wealth of information at supper. I need to start researching all of these things so I can be ready for my professional development director role in a few weeks. Thank you!

tynetots said...

I have to say Fran that I was excited you were across from me at dinner. I didn't realize it was you who helped me make my conference notebook. Thanks for keeping me organized! I had to laugh at your comment of being the oldest....but one of the youngest at heart. You truly care for kids and it shows. Hope to run into another time. It was great meeting you!

Elizabeth Hall said...

Miss you Fran! Counting down the days until next year!! You are a amazing lady and I loved hanging out with you!

Fran Kramer said...

You are one beautiful person inside and out. I've got your back lady and you were such a pleasure to meet and get to know. Come to California and hang out with me!

Rhonda said...

If only I didn't live on the other side of the world, I would be there in a heart beat!
Reading all about Vegas makes me jealous. We have nothing like that here in Australia. Sure we have conferences but nothing as exciting as the I Teach K Conference.
It would be so exciting to meet all the bloggers that I stalk.

I have told my hubby that I have put it on wish list!

I firmly believe that teaching is not just a profession it is a passion.

Thank God for teachers,they DO make a difference!!!!

Thanks for the great post Fran.
It's the next best thing to being there.

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