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Get Those Lesson Plans

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I found a site through my reading today that lets teachers buy and sell their original lesson plans. I though it was a very interesting idea, so I set out to find out more on the site and its idea. Here’s what I found….

The site is called “Teachers Pay Teachers” and can be found interestingly enough at www.teacherspayteachers.com. The site boasts 410 registered users, 81 member teacher-authors (members that pay a fee to have their work on the site for sale), 46 free downloads and 235 total products. The site was started in April of 2006, so it is extremely new and comes at a time when most schools are at the end of their school year. I would expect for it to pick up more member teacher-authors toward the start of our school year in August/September.

The negavtives that I found after browsing the site are:

The offerings seem quite sparse at the moment, with a lot of topics empty. I also found that not all authors gave a free preview of the lesson plan, while the descriptions leave a lot to be desired if I was going to pay for something sight unseen.

The positives that I found include:

The site layout is easy to navigate, with a learn more link that gives a lot of helpful information. The free downloads and previews that were available were professional and would be useful to teachers in those grade levels. The pricing is very affordable for authors at $29.95 annually with a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee, while the prices on the few things that I found ranged from two dollars up to twenty five dollars for a piece of software. This was just a few items, not the whole inventory, so prices may be higher or lower, but the prices I feel are very reasonable. While authors pay an annual fee, buyers pay no registration fee, but must become a registered user to purchase lesson plans.

Overall, despite the lack of inventory and the description issues, I found the refreshing and that as it grows will help promote positive learning for our children. I would recommend Teachers Pay Teachers to educators who are looking for new ideas or just wanting to share ideas for a little extra pocket change. For more information you can check out this article from the AP Teachers are selling study guides online.

Remember, Anything Goes for Discussion…

Enjoy the moment

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I haven’t written in the last few days because I just haven’t got to the computer to do it. I’ve been enjoying the moment with my daughter, who is learning new things daily. When she presents me with something new, it’s just a wonderful feeling.

At the dinner table or while I’m cooking she has amazed me the last few days. While she was eating some Talapia for the first time she decided it was so good she had to ask for more. My wife and I have been teaching her sign language since she was 6 months old, so I was just overjoyed to see her do the signs for “more please”. The next day after getting some banana for dessert, at the buffet we were at, she decided that she would say thank you. Now the sign for thank you looks a lot like blowing a kiss to a baby, so I’m sure that we might have that one confused. But then again she had no reason to be blowing a kiss at that point….

Tonight I cooked alfredo sauce to go with egg noodles in my anything goes version of fettucine alfredo. My daughter ate all of her dinner and her dessert while I cooked for my wife and I, but she couldn’t resist asking for some of the noodles alfredo since it was something that she didn’t have. After eating a few bites she reached out to me asking for a hug. It was like, “Wow thanks Dad, I want to give you a hug to tell you how much I liked you feeding me good food”.

It’s a moment I’ll never forget…. Remember, Anything Goes for Dinner….

Kindergarten Roundup

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What a day….. We had Kindergarten Roundup at school today, which was a huge success. Being in technology support, I wanted to see that the new parents saw what we are doing with technology to teach the children their lessons.

I worked from 7 am to 3 pm getting the Kindergarten rooms setup with a PowerPoint presentation, a reading program runnng and one of the links below in IE. From 3 to 6 pm I worked in the K1 Lab setting up the computers with demo’s of other programs that we use to teach Math, Math Blasters is a great program available at your local Target for around $29.99, and getting some reading programs running. From 6:30 till 8 pm we had the parents and kids at the school for our presentation.

That of course didn’t leave any time for dinner, but did give me time to see and hear what parents want to know about their child’s first foray into the educational system.

Here are a few good sites that will help your child to read and basically get them ready for Kindergarten:

  1. Learn to Read with Starfall
  2. Alpha-Zoo Concentration Game
  3. The Ball
  4. Scholastic -Your Early Learner
  5. Scholastic -Kindergarten
  6. AOL@School

I hope that these links give you somewhere to start and help your child be the best that they can be.