Wow! That one word sums up the 2015 TPT Convention in Las Vegas!
This year both Eric and I from Wise Guys were able to attend and we were so happy that we did.
Our TPT journey started way back in 2009. We were looking for resources to teach a novel unit and stumbled across the site. Wanting extra spending money for golf in the summers in Wisconsin, we took a leap and bought a premium membership.
Six years later, we both just arrived home from one of the best conferences we have ever attended. Below we’d like to share some of our favorite moments and biggest takeaways from the conference.
1. Meeting Paul
Paul Edelman is the founder of TPT. He has changed thousands of teachers’ lives across the country. His amazing idea back in 2006 has grown into the most successful marketplace to buy teaching resources on the planet. He is a down to earth guy, a teacher at heart, and has always listened to the teachers as TPT has grown from a one person show to over 70 employees. We got a chance to chat with Paul at the convention and look forward to working for him for a long time!
2. Meeting Deanna Jump
Deanna Jump can be credited for putting TPT on the map. Back in 2010, Deanna Jump burst onto the TPT scene. With her amazing blog and even more amazing resources, Deanna propelled TPT into the limelight, and TPT has never looked back! We were so happy to have had the chance to meet her at the conference. She is our Teacher Rock Star!
3. Blogger/Networking Meet-ups
This year we attended the Teacher/Blogger Meet-up put on by What The Teacher Wants and walked into a room with over 1,000 fellow bloggers! It was overwhelming at first, but we were able to meet some amazing bloggers.
We also attended the Secondary Sellerbrate Meet Up at the Rockhouse Bar in the Venetian. This was organized by Kristen Bowers. We had a great time meeting secondary level TPT members, and made some new friends! We used our “Wise Guys” reputation to hand out “pretend” business cards that got a ton of laughs!
4. The Theme
TPT is a community of teacher-authors and the theme this year showed once again how together we can continue to take TPT to the next level. By working together, we will all go further than ever before. The teacher-authors of TPT are also all about giving back, and will continue to help each other out because that is what we do!
5. The Impact
Probably the biggest impact is on the students that these teacher-created resources have reached. I know we both can say that TPT has made us better teachers, has re-energized our passion for teaching, and has helped our students achieve even higher than ever before. We thank all the members of TPT for their continued drive to create high quality resources that will have a positive impact on children’s education across the world!
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