New Friends, Good Food, GREAT Ideas!

This weekend I had the chance to meet some FABULOUS Dallas area teachers for lunch.  I set up a little get together/meet & greet with some of the ladies in the area and I was so excited to pick their brains!  I gotta say that Dallas is home to some seriously talented teachers because these ladies had some AMAZING ideas!!!  I don’t even wanna know what the other patrons at the restaurant must have been thinkin’ when we all pulled out notebooks, pens, paper, and the ipads.   Only teachers, right?!?!  HA!!! 



I scored some great ideas about Daily 5.  Gotta admit that it’s not my strong suit.  LOVE my literacy time, but the Daily 5 structure STRESSES me out {that’s my controlling side talking, of course ;)}  Now I’m excited to tackle it again with a whole new perspective on things!!  I also got some great ideas about teaching handwriting, sight words, spelling and facilitating group work.  Seriously…only a group full of teachers could sit down at a restaurant for 5 hours and talk about NOTHING but school!!  Okay, so we gossiped about the Real Housewives, too, but you know what I’m sayin’!!

I’m even more excited to start a new school year now!!  Our little group decided that we’re going to make this a monthly or every-other-month type event, so if you’re in the Dallas area and interested in getting on board, let me know!!  In the meantime, you really need to stop by these ladies’ blogs, say hello, and see all the great things they have going on in their classrooms!!! 


Left side of the table…

Lisa…an old coworker of mine who doesn’t have a blog, but LOVES to read everyone elses!!  HA!!  Love her :)

Laura…you can visit HER WEBSITE to learn a little bit more about her & her Kindergarten class.  She’s a hoot!

Colleen…you might now her as the blogger behind Patton’s Patch.  If you don’t have her on your blogroll, you should!  She’s currently hoping to meet her goal on Donor’s Choose, so if you want to donate & help her out, head on over and see what she has goin’ on!!

Janell…she and Nicole are teammates and they came together..absolutely PRECIOUS!  Janell doesn’t have a blog, but she had some AWESOME ideas!!

Right side of the table…


Nicole…the blogger who writes for Flipping For First Grade!  Make sure you add her to your blogroll, too!!  She has some really great organizational ideas and got me excited to really go all out with Daily 5 this year!

Shanda…the sweet girl who blogs over at 1 is More Fun!  Stop by and add her to your reading list, too!!  I think Shanda wins the award for the person who drove the farthest :)  She also came up with the great idea of meeting at each others’ schools instead of a restaurant!  GREAT idea!!  I always love seeing what everyone else’s classrooms look like!!

I’m looking forward to doing this again!!!  I love my sweet teacher friends :)


  1. That sounds great! Did you know these teachers before hand? I would love to facilitate something like that to brainstorm with teachers in my area!

    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

  2. I would love to do this with some Florida teachers! What a great meet and greet! Thanks for the post..I found some new blogs.
    Rambling About Reading

  3. Wow, I can't believe you already posted this! You are incredible! I had so much fun yesterday and can't wait to get together again. Thanks for linking our blogs- you are the best!

  4. So much fun! I wish I lived closer to some blogger teachers :)

  5. How fun! I am so happy that teachers are collaborating on so many levels. Blog land is a great community to be a part of. It has really changed teaching for so many of us. Loved the links to new blogs. :)

    First Grade Factory

  6. This is so fantastic! Have to admit, I'm jealous that I don't live in Dallas :)

    Fun In First

  7. How fun! It's funny how you start to feel like you "know" the people whose blogs you read...

    I'm new followers to the blogs you highlighted!

  8. Sounds like a blast!! I am so jealous, too. Maybe next year we will have to get an Ohio connection going!!

  9. Looks like fun, girls!!! Wish I could have been there, too :)

  10. You're so sweet! Yesterday was a lot of fun! Thanks for posting this and mentioning our blogs! See you soon, I hope! :)

  11. I can't believe I wasn't invited! KIDDING! I know I was, but Texas is quite far for me to drive! :) You all look like a bunch of fun gals! Wish I could've been there!!!

  12. I would love to join.

  13. I agree! This is such a fun idea!

    Jamie @

  14. So sad I was out of town and could not attend this gathering. Please let me know when the next one will be! Thank you!
    deannastubbs (at)

  15. How fun!! I can only imagine seeing you ladies talking teaching for hours!!

  16. Looks like so much fun! If Dallas wasn't 3 hours away, I'd so be there! If you ever drive through Nacogdoches, let me know! :)

  17. What fun!! You're right... teachers can ALWAYS fill up hours of chatting about school! I am SO interested in doing this in the northern VA area-- have to find some more bloggers to join me. :o)

    My friend and I started a SHARE group in our district (Staff Have Awesome Resources for Each other). We ended up having 15 teachers involved and they got staff development credit for joining us once a month (Oct-May).

    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  18. I would love to join you guys! I'm in Burleson. Please let me know when you are meeting again.


  19. I would love to meet up with you guys the next time you get together. I am a new 1st grade teacher in Birdville ISD and I need ideas MAJOR!!! Thanks! Love your blog!!!