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Welcome to The Shabby Chic Teacher! My name is Laura. I'm in my fourth year of teaching, my fourth grade-level and my fourth classroom. I'm excited to share my journey and creativity with you!
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December 5, 2011

Independent Reading - Up Your Game

This past weekend, I had the privilege of presenting a breakout session at the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented's Professional Development Conference.  I'v done professional development on my own campus, but this was the first time that I presented at a large scale conference and let me just tell you...I. was. nervous!  

The group was really sweet and made me feel very comfortable.  We were trucking right along and then the hand in the middle of the room went up and informed me very sweetly that the second half of my handout had printed in jibberish.  WHAT?!?! SERIOUSLY!?! You can imagine the conversation running through my head!!  I was mortified and wanted to stop right then and beat up our copy machine, but instead I promised to put the presentation on my blog.  

So for your sweet folks that were in my session on Thursday afternoon, here it is: Independent Reading, Up Your Game!


  1. Did you know you had a shout out from the fabulous Natalie's What the Teacher Wants site? :) Congratulations!!! She's awesome!

    Happy to have found you. And, great save on the gobble-dy-gook page! :)

    Growing Firsties is having a Pete the Giveaway that benefits Hurricane Sandy Relief!

  2. I found you via Rachelle/Natalie's What the Teacher Wants too! Your site is darlin' and I can't wait to see what else you have to share :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory