Teachers Pay Teachers 2014 Conference in Las Vegas

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Last weekend, my wife and I trekked from sunny southern California across the desert to scorched-earth Las Vegas for the 1st-ever Teachers Pay Teachers Conference. Excitement buzzed in the car and in our voices. We stopped to see the World's Largest Thermometer and took some fun artistic photos out behind the parking lot where desert civilization ended.

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I'd never been to a conference like this before, and especially not to one for such an exciting part of my life. Almost 800 teachers-authors streamed into the Venetian to hear keynote speakers -- our founder Paul Edelman and the humble phenom of a Kindergarten teacher, Deanna Jump.

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                             TPT Founder, Paul Edelman    Humble Phenom Deanna Jump

We attended some amazingly helpful seminars that gave us pointers of areas where we need to develop things doggon'it. Seminars like:

A to Z With TpT: Master the Basics
     With Christy Button and Tammy Farhit
Beginner Pinterest: Pin With the Best
     With John Hughes
Products for PreK-1: Did I REALLY sell THAT!? Improving Our Products With a Critical Eye
     With Deanna Jump and Deedee Wills
Copyrights & Copywrongs: An Intellectual Property Primer for TpT Sellers
     With Jenn Kelley and Amanda Nickerson
Hello Buyers! Provide Top-Notch Customer Care for Your Buyers
     With Jen Jones
Winning at Facebook: How to Connect, Engage, and Inspire!
     With Laura Candler
Rock Your Own Clip Art
     With Nikki Casassa
Capture Common Core Completely
     With Julie Faulkner
The Data Advantage: Optimize Your Store for Search and Success
    With Ryan Van Meter and Kelley Dolling
Your Blog Questions, Answered
     With Erica Bohrer, Cara Carroll, Deedee Wills, Elizabeth Hall, and Greg Smedley
Build Your Magnet Marketing Plan
     With Rachel Lynette
Q is for Quality: Up the Value of Every Resource You Create
     With Cara Carroll and Erica Bohrer
Beginning Blogging: It's Serious Business!
    With Hadar Maor
Products for Middle and High School: Make Sensational, Successful Secondary Creations
     With Michele Luck and Jennifer Smith-Sloane
Copyrights & Copywrongs: An Intellectual Property Primer for TpT Sellers
     With Jenn Kelley and Amanda Nickerson
TpT Fulltime: I Did It and So Can You
     With Lindsay Perro
Advanced Pinterest: Take Your Pinning to the Next Level
     With Melissa Dillard
Products for Grades 2-5: Create A+ Resources
     With Rachel Lynette and Laura Candler
Ready, Set, Grow: Accelerate Your Store's Success
     With Erin Cobb
Make Your Product POP!
     With Jennifer White

We met a bunch of our fellow teacher / authors. On Conference Eve, we had a blast meeting up with Erin Cobb (and her hubby), AKA Lovin' Lit >>>
We met a bunch of our fellow teacher / authors. On conference eve, we had a blast meeting up with

It was so much fun sharing and hearing each other's TpT journeys and just chatting life there in the late-night halls of the Venetian Palazzo. Then she had to go run through a few last preparations for her seminar the next day.  Lisa attended Erin's talk and she is a genuinely engaging presenter.    

At the seminars the next day, it was great to finally get a chance to chat with some of the folks that we've been colleagues with, in a way, for almost two years now. It's the weirdest thing having a store on Teachers Pay Teachers because in one respect, it's a really solitary journey, but then from another outlook, we're on the same journey with thousands of other teachers. Here are a few that we got to meet and could actually find a moment amid the excitement for a photo:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kindergarten-Squared
 Page from Kindergarten Squared
We met Page while we checked in the morning of the conference. Lisa and her really clicked as soon as they met.  They attended two seminars together and we spent lunch discussing what we were learning about (collaborative talk *wink*).

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Happy Edugator (one guess which U.S. region she's from)

After the seminars, we moved upstairs to the TpT cocktail party. We got to talk with so many great middle school teacher / authors that made the night a lot of fun. Seriously, everyone we met was super nice. We're not kidding!

Then the next morning, we took some family photos together before loading the camels for the trek back across the wilderness.

Created for Learning on Teachers Pay Teachers

Created for Learning on Teachers Pay Teachers

Created for Learning on Teachers Pay Teachers

And back home to try to apply all the wonderfully challenging strategies that we've learned. We've got our work cut out for us. We'll see you all at the conference again next year, but we'll definitely be talking with each other between now and then. Cheers!



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