Friday, June 30, 2017

The NM Teacher Summit-Day 1

It's been a few days since I got back from the 2nd annual New Mexico Teacher Summit.  I have been meaning to post about it once I got back home but it was very exhausting.  However, that was good.  The whole conference was go, go, go!  I am going to give you a detailed description of the two day event.  

Monday, June 26th
7:00 a.m. - Carpool to Albuquegue.  
Three of my teacher friends showed up at my house so one of us could drive to the conference.  We spent the trip chatting and catching up.  We stopped in Cline's Corners to use the restroom and take a selfie

10:00 a.m. - Arrive in Albuquerque
We drove around and found our hotels.  Most of us were staying at the Hyatt Regency but one of us stayed at the Hotel Albuquerque.  After checking in we went to register at the conference.  After registration we went and took funny selfies.  

12:00 - Lunch and Opening Session
We were four of 1,000 teachers that were at this conference.  The place was packed.  As we ate our lunch of a salad, enchiladas, and chocolate cake, we listened to many presenters.  Some were good and some were not good.  

2:30 - The Power of Close Reading and The New Mexico Dream Team
It was time for our first breakout session.  I was really excited for the one.  I love close reading and was looking for new ways to freshen it up in my classroom.  That's not what I got.  However, you can see our excitement by this photo.  
The session was more about accessing their website to find close reading lessons.  Again, sounds great, right!?  Well, for first grade there were about 6 lessons to choose from and most of them had to do with the Gingerbread stories.  These will come in handy during Christmas time.

4:00 - Istation Make n' Take: A Foldable
It is a state requirement to assess all K-3 students on Istation.  This past year was our first year using it and it seems promising.  However, we received very little training on it.  So, this was another session that I was looking forward to.  It was great.  It was fast paced and engaging.  I now have a resource that I can keep by my desk to reference when I have questions.

5:30 - Dinner and End of Day One General Session
We ate a dinner of salad, chicken, asparagus, and mashed potatoes.  We also had carrot cake for desert.  All very yummy!  The presenters were the New Mexico Teacher of the Year, Stephanie Gurule-Leyba.  All very inspiring!

8:00 -  Hotel and drinks
We ended our day by stopping by our rooms to drop off our stuff then we headed down stairs for drinks.  We went to a really nice lounge that was on the first floor of our hotel.  It was so nice that the margaritas I had were $10 a piece.  Didn't know at the time of ordering so you can imagine our surprise when we got our bill.  LOL!  It was a great time catching up and visiting.  Here's a photo of the drinks.  

That wraps up day 1!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I'm Back! and NM Teacher Summit

Hello! I'm Jeremy!  I have just completed my 7th year of teaching.  7 years!  It went by so quickly.  Many of you may remember me as Mr. Michelbook from Mr. Michelbook's First Grade Classroom.  That was many years ago.  I had a hard time staying on top of the whole blogging thing.  I started to feel like I did not have a lot to contribute.  Boy! Was I wrong.  I have been on Instagram (click that link on the right to follow me... please! ).  I love using Instagram because you just need a photograph and minimal words to tell the story.  However, I miss telling a larger story.

I am so excited!  How many of you New Mexico teachers are going to the Teacher Summit on Monday and Tuesday?  I cannot wait.  I think it will be fun.  I mean... it's no I Teach conference in Las Vegas, but the state pays for it all so that's a plus.  I'm heading to Albuquerque with 3 of my teacher besties.  They have all worked with me in first grade at some point.  My #1 teacher bestie is still with me in first grade.  Last night, we all texted each other to plan our schedule for the conference.  Here's what we will be learning about:

  • The Power of Close Reading and The New Mexico Dream Team
  • Istation Make 'n Take: Problem Solving Foldable
  • NMTeach Domain 1: The Keys to High Quality Assignments
  • NMTeach Domain 3: Engagement
  • Using Student Work to Drive Instruction
  • Growing all Students Through High Quality Assignments
Awesome! Right!?  I will keep you all posted on how it's going each day.  If you are going, comment down below! ⬇️