Welcome to our March Teacher Talk. All of us from the Teacher Talk collaborative would like to wish you a happy and prosperous spring. We have so many fab tips this month from fun activities, ELA and reading ideas, to high interest learning. You don’t want to miss reading these blog posts from some awesome educators.
In spite of what many people think, there are some very common study practices that are not very effective. There are others that are somewhat helpful, and then there are several that research shows are very effective.
The value of project-based learning goes beyond keeping your students actively involved in their own education. It teaches them cooperation, time management, and public speaking. Try this solid gold nugget in your own classroom.
Welcome to our February Teacher Talk. All of us from the Teacher Talk collaborative would like to wish you a Happy February. We have so many fab tips this month from Math, ELA and reading ideas, to High interest learning and our featured author for the month, you don’t want to miss reading these blog posts from some awesome educators.
My husband got up one gloomy morning and went to the gas station to fill his car, when he went to pay, the gas pump said, “prepaid.” A kind person, from the goodness of his/her heart, paid for his gas. Needless to say, it brought a big smile to his face.
I was getting ready to pay for my meal at a buffet when I noticed the cashier’s name tag. It read “Anna” to which I replied, “Your name is a palindrome!” The cashier just stared at me in disbelief. I explained that a palindrome was letters that read the same backwards as forwards. Because you could read her name forwards and backwards, it qualified as a palindrome. In fact, February 22, 2022 will be a palindrome if written as 2-22-22!
How to Deal with Common Problems During Literature Circles
Alison Monk of The Literacy Garden is Teacher Talk’s Featured Author. Alison’s TpT store at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Literacy-Garden has amazing ELA resources, book companions, and morning work for your classroom. Get her free close reading lesson using nonfiction magazine-styled passages.
It was cold and blustery outside, one of those days you just wanted to stay under the covers, but truth be told, I immediately thought about how I dreaded my third period class, I so wanted to turn over and forget about it for a while. I knew I had to face it, so I begrudgingly got out of bed. Alas, it was only hump day, and I had a busy schedule, so I dragged myself out of bed, had my cup of coffee and a piece of toast.
First week back after winter break. . . what a week! With our classroom numbers fluctuating due to students quarantining or testing positive, and so much uncertainty, diving right into the curriculum was not an option. We went back to the basics: what do we need to improve in?
Need a way to encourage independent reading? I have kept these particular reading engagement questions under my desk blotter for many, many years—so many that I don’t even know who did the research for them, but I do know these questions are effective in improving reading motivation, in the person who responds, AND in those who listen to the answers.
Some people say mathematics is the science of patterns which I think is a pretty accurate description. Not only do patterns take on many forms, but they occur in every part of mathematics. But then again patterns occur in other disciplines as well. They can be sequential, spatial, temporal, and even linguistic. Discover more about pattern in this blog post.
MLK in ELA: Ideas for Reading & Writing About Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s December and time for our holiday version of Teacher Talk. Getting ready for the holiday festivities or just looking for some great ideas. You don’t want to miss what these creative educators are doing this month.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve noticed since being back in school in person is the need for conversational skills. In class during morning meeting, we spend time devoted to talking and interacting with one another. While I can foster this in the classroom, I know practicing communication skills need to continue at home.
I am not a very crafty person; so, I am always looking for items that are easy to make that I can give to my grandchildren. One year, I gave them a snowman making kit that included buttons, a carrot, six rocks and two sticks. This year, I am giving them a Snow Measuring Tool. Not is it only fun to use, but it also helps them to practice using a ruler. Learn how you can make one!
The Benefits of Literature Circles in the Classroom
Ever thought about using literature circles in your classroom as part of your reading program? Learn more about what literature circles are and why they are an effective addition to your classroom reading program.
It’s November Teacher Talk Time…..Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Time sure flies. We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.
I woke up in a funk the other morning so I pulled the covers over my head trying to go back to sleep. As I began to doze, my dog stuck her head under the sheet and I felt her cold nose on my leg. I knew that trying to stay in bed was futile, so I threw on some clothes and took her outside feeling frustrated and annoyed. As we began walking, the pain in my knee and heel started to subside and the phrase, attitude of gratitude came into my head as I realized how lucky I am to be able to walk, others aren’t so fortunate.
When we spend enough time early in the year on place value and number sense, teaching multiplication and division go much more smoothly. Students grasp the concept of multiplication in multiple ways, so I try to introduce more than “the only way” to solve.
Four Easy Ways to Encourage an Attitude of Gratitude
When you integrate STEM and Language Arts, you prepare your students for future employment. Communication skills are just as important as STEM skills. Involve your whole class in a STEM-based creative writing activity with “STEM Stories.”
It’s September Teacher Talk Time…..Hopefully everyone is off to a great school year with the best classes ever, in these strange times. We have so many great tips and ideas for you from awesome educators. Be sure to take a look at what everyone has to say.
Behavior Problems Got You Down? Have you been struggling with Johnny or Sally since the first day of school? Do you rack your brain trying to come up with some creative ways to turn their unacceptable behavior around? Let’s face it, some kids will always get under your skin, but you’re the teacher, you’re tough and you can deal with it.
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And we’re back! We just finished our fifth week of school(!) and it looks different. It feels different. But it is SO good to be back in person, masks and all. It’s a tricky balance of remembering “how I used to teach in person” and “what worked during distance learning” and “how do I keep the curriculum rigorous, while planning for some students to inevitably be quarantined at some point and not miss instruction”. Luckily, here are some tried & true math lessons and activities that work well for the beginning of the year.
This was a comment I received from a fourth grade teacher, “Would you believe on the state 4th grade math test this year, they would not accept “diamond” as an acceptable answer for a rhombus, but they did accept “kite”!!!!! Can you believe this? Since when is kite a shape name? Crazy.”
Teacher your students about underdog stories where the kid who is less than perfect ends up succeeding at something by the end of the story. Good triumphs over evil and the weak become strong. Great lessons for today’s children.
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I am a proud supporter of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative which helps many teacher-authors throughout the world get their resources into the hands of the best teachers.” -Landon Seigler – ESL Lifeline https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Esl-Lifeline
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“I enjoyed collaborating with other members of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative (TBOTEMC) while attending the TpT Conference in Nashville this year. I have known Vicky Leon since the early days of TpT. She’s put together an effective marketing service for TpT Teacher Authors. Working with other TpT teachers in TBOTEMC has really helped the sales in my store. If you want to know more, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.” -Charlene Tess https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Charlene-Tess
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“I love being a member of TBOTEMC! My store has grown from the marketing opportunities that this group has to offer! I love the Weekly 5 Under 5, Featured Teacher and opportunity to contribute to group blogs! Thank you so much, Vicky, for offering help and support to share my resources, learn from other teachers, and grow my TPT store!“ -Anne Rozell Believe to Achieve by Anne Rozell https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Believe-To-Achieve-By-Anne-Rozell
“I love being a member of TBOTEMC. I get valuable support from other teacher-authors in the community and I have multiple opportunities to promote my store and products. Thank you very much, Vicky! You are amazing!” -Ruby Spatial Projects https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Spatial-Projects
“I joined The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative about a year and a half ago on a whim. I loved TpT from the start, but I needed some connections…something beyond the forums. I got the membership on sale that day thinking I would try it out and just see how things go. I never looked back. Membership in this group has helped me break free of my comfort zones and take my store to the next level. The group members are supportive, and Vicky is always available for individual help and guidance. I feel like I have my own TpT personal trainer! Although my original purpose for joining this group was to learn some serious marketing strategies, it has turned out to be so much more. I now collaborate with teachers from all over the country! Some of us even met in person in Vegas and Orlando. Not only have I improved my TpT marketing, but I have also made friends for life! If you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can earn a referral credit if you join and mention my name (Monica) and store Fourth Grade Frenzy which is not required, but appreciated!” -Monica https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Fourth-Grade-Frenzy
“Since joining, I can say that this group has really made the HUGE TpT community feel smaller and more reachable. There is so much shared marketing knowledge, so many dedicated marketing groups that you can join, and Vicky has been such a great help with any and all questions I have had. I love being my own boss, but sometimes I can lose track of how to spend my time. The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative has helped me focus the time I spend marketing, and keep my marketing goals on track.“ -Rebecca https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Science-Girl-Lessons
“The best part of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative is the enthusiasm & innovative spirit of members, and the willingness to support each other. I’ve connected with the most fabulous group of educators who are making me a better teacher and teacherpreneur! Vicky is amazing; she’s a bundle of energy and is always open to new ideas for growing our business. I love that when a TBOTEMC member has a idea, she encourages them to run with it and to take the lead. I can’t recommend this group enough! -Tried and True Teaching Tools https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Tried-And-True-Teaching-Tools
“Joining forces with TpT teachers from around the world through TBOTEMC has not only caused my earnings to more than double in a year’s time, but has given me the confidence to try new things, expand my marketing strategies, and build genuine relationships with fellow teacherprenuers.” -21st Century K https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/21st-Century-K
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“The best part of joining TBOTEMC is to be able to collaborate with such a wonderful group of caring educators who are so willing to help each other. I have been a member since the beginning of March and I’ve seen an increase in Pinterest, Facebook, and my TpT Store followers. I have also learned a great deal about internet marketing. Looking forward to the future and so happy that I joined this group. The price is well worth it.” -Deann Marin https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Deann-Marin
“When I started selling on TpT in May of 2013, until I joined TBOTEMC this August, my total sales were $3,157.45. That’s for 15 months. I joined TBOTEMC August 5th of this year, just 3 months ago. In those 3 months I’ve sold $9,014.46!!!” -Leah Popinski http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Leah-Popinski
“I started TpT in May of 2014 and decided to become a member of TBOTEMC on February 28, 2015. Prior to joining, I had never had a month in which I had at least one sale every day. However, in both March and April (today is only May 1st), I had at least one (and often multiple) sales every day! I am ecstatic – and this toward the end of the school year! I am so thankful for the advice, support, and community this group provides.” – Ashley https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/One-Step-Closer-Teaching
“TBOTEMC offers Collegiality Lessons Activities Student Success Seller Success Because of TBOTEMC, I reached my $20,000.00 milestone on TpT much sooner than I expected. I first joined TBOTE to gain exposure for my TpT products and my blog http://teachitwrite.blogspot.com/ – which, I’m thrilled to say, definitely happened. The Social Media Partners concept is a win-win for TpT sellers and is a marketing treasure. Victoria Leon goes out of her way to help her members to increase their selling potential.” ~Connie http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Connie
“I am at the beginning of an amazing journey! I recently joined TBOTEMC, and I am amazed at the opportunities in front of me. This cooperative group works together to achieve everyone’s success. I have only begun to use the extensive amount of resources available to me and can already note increases in followers and sales. Vicky is amazing and will support you in every way. You took a huge step when you became a seller at Teachers Pay Teachers. Join TBOTEMC and jump to the next level!” -Monica Fourth Grade Frenzy https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Fourth-Grade-Frenzy
“The best part about TBOTEMC is Vicky herself. She is SO knowledgeable, enthusiastic and goes out of her way to help members. She truly embodies the value of collaboration.Through TBOTEMC, I’ve had more exposure to my blog & TpT store. It’s amazing to see what other TpT members are creating, teaching, and pinning! My Pinterest followers have grown due to TBOTEMC!” -Tried and True Teaching Tools https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Tried-And-True-Teaching-Tools
“I started selling at TpT in January of 2013 and, without much marketing, made steady progress and managed to reach the first milestone in October of 2014. After realizing the potential of this business, I decided that I MUST add marketing to my plan if I wanted to continue to rise in the marketplace to the next level. That is when I discovered Vicky’s product. With the guidance of this program, I have seen increases in all areas of my business and I have begun to enjoy the benefits of working with others for the common goal of increasing TpT awareness in the world marketplace. I highly recommend adding this to your own hard work and see where it can take you.” -Kathryn Garcia @ Made For Learning http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kathryn-Garcia
“Since joining The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative, my sales have increased by 20%. I also think the collaborative boards are top notch in that only quality items are posted. As for other members of The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative, they are outstanding educators from whom you can learn from no matter how long you have been teaching.” -Vicky Scipi on TPT http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Scipi
“I am just a beginner at TBOTEMC (as well as TPT), but am so excited already. MY NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS HAS ALREADY GROWN! I have found Vicky so very helpful, putting up with my many questions and helping me get started. Pinning from other members helps your exposure, and the interaction with other members teaches you so much. The enthusiasm of another member, Julie Jackson, along with Vicky, has made me want to spend every minute this summer improving my store and growing with this new adventure.” Thanks, Laurie Carpenter http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Art-Action-Laurie-Carpenter
“I am so grateful for encountering TBOTEMC – The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative! While others ignored my request to join their collaborative Pinterest boards or unfollowed me – Vicky Leon was so kind to take me under her wing and act as a mentor and befriend a stranger. I have been fortunate to be part of an organization that provides a cooperative of many teachers who support each other. I am so grateful for TBOTEMC!” -TheBeezyTeacher http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Thebeezyteacher
Dear Vicky, I just wanted to share how TBOTEMC is changing my life – I have attached my latest data. I did not post this to boast, only to show you the positive impact TBOTEMC is having on my success. In the last eight months, I have made more than I make in a year teaching in the classroom. I love teaching, but I love creating resources just as much! Feel free to use the data with others to help encourage others to join. I am not sure thank you will ever be enough for how you and TpT have changed my life. With you and TBOTEMC, I am doing things I only previous dreamed of doing. I always loved creating educational resources, but I never dreamed I could have financial success as a teacher. Thank you! Thank You! THANK YOU! -Educating Everyone 4 Life http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Educating-Everyone-4-Life
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