Now that the school year is winding down, Teacherpreneurs around the world are making plans for the annual TpT Conference. Flights, hotels, meet-ups, budgeting… it’s all in the works. This blog post is for specifically for you if you fall into one of these groups:
* You are thinking about attending the conference but aren’t sure…
* You haven’t attended a TpT conference before and want to know what it is all about…
* You are a first time TpT conference go-er (HOORAY!!!)…
* You are unable to attend this year but are looking forward to attending next year…
* You have already attended a TpT conference (HIP! HIP! HOORAY!!!) and are feeling nostalgic…
Whatever your reason is for coming here, I am glad that you have stopped by! I have attended the conference since it’s beginning and I have a few hints and tips to help you make the most of your TpT conference experience. Everything from insights, errors, and advice, this blog post is all about what I learned from one year to the next. This third year is going to rock!
Tip #1. Don’t Be Afraid to Go Alone
I have been reading in the forums that there are some sellers who are going alone. I went to both TpT conferences ALONE and I survived! In fact, going alone was the best thing that could have happened to me! It forced me right from the get-go to speak with people. I was so nervous asking the Evil Math Wizard, Applejacks Teacher, and Created for Learning if I could sit with them at their table to listen to Deanna Jump, the keynote speaker. Before I knew it, we were all exchanging business cards, chatting about our TpT experiences, and talking about our teaching experiences (being from Canada and the rest of my tablemates from the US, there was a lot of comparing and contrasting going on!) Don’t be afraid! You will meet a ton of nice people throughout the conference and some will even become future collaborators and more importantly, friends.
Tip #2. Go to Meet-Ups
One thing I didn’t know about the conference my first year was the amount of blogger/teacher/seller meet-ups that take place around the actual conference. One that is a MUST go to is the Teacher Blogger Meet-Up. I cannot believe that I didn’t know about this one the first year I attended. This meet-up is OUT OF THIS WORLD! NOTE: You do not need to be a “blogger” to attend this event and the best part – it is absolutely FREE! Everyone attends this meet-up! There are freebies, a chance to rub elbows with your favourite TpT sellers, and GIVEAWAYS!!! GIVEAWAYS!!! GIVEAWAYS!!! Everyone leaves with something at the end of the evening. What was given away? Well, TpT Gift Cards, Erin Condren Teacher Planners, tuition to the Ron Clark Academy (I WANTED THAT ONE SO BADLY!!!), and tons more! There was a GONoodle Photo Booth and lots of time to chat with TpT personnel and teacher/bloggers/authors from around the world! Another meet-up not to miss is the Cool Kids meet-up! Enjoy a great meal in a relaxed atmosphere! Definitely worth the time and money to attend.
Check around Facebook to see what other meet-ups are being planned for this year. I am sure there are many in the works!
Click on the following links to get to be a part of the action!
Tip #3. Bring a Camera
There are so many clickable moments that you MUST bring a camera – especially if you are a blogger or a TpT superfan (like myself). I couldn’t wait to get my photo taken with some of the TpT authors that have changed my teaching for the better! I think I might have scared Jennifer Runde by my complete adoration of her the first year… I couldn’t wait to tell her how her amazing Interactive Math Journal completely changed the way I teach grade 4 math!
You never know who you will run into!
Tip #4. Bring a Notebook
You will be bombarded with a ton of amazing information to help your TpT store grow. One of the best things you can do is get a notebook to keep track of all the amazing hints, tips, and tricks that you can use for many years to come. As the sessions are jammed packed, you will need a safe place to write everything down. I highly recommend Ta-Doodles Illustrations Orlando Conference Planner. This planner is made specifically for the TpT conference by a TpT seller. I purchased this hard good for the last Vegas conference and it is amazing! It has places to keep all your notes as well as all the business cards you will receive throughout the conference. You’ll be glad to have this once all the sessions begin. Like I said up above, you will be receiving a ton of information and this planner is the best way to keep everything safe and sound in one place!
Tip #5. Check the TpT Forums
The TpT forums are a great place to get up to the minute information about the conference. If you need any information about anything conference related, the forums are the best place to start. Need a roommate? Check the forums. Looking for a timeshare close to the convention site? Check the forums. Looking to meet-up with other teacherpreneurs from your province/state/country? That’s right… check the forums. And if you don’t see an answer to your question, just start a new topic. There is always someone who can answer your question or at least point you in the right direction.
Do you have something to add to this list of tips? Feel free to add a comment below!
Looking forward to seeing as many of you as I can in July!
Have a great day!