Thursday, August 13, 2020

A Retired Teacher’s COVID-19 Journey


When I retired as a teacher of high school child development in 2009, I started a journey.  No, not a journey to see every state in the union, although that would have been rather interesting!  It was a journey of self-fulfillment to help the teachers who were still teaching, still over-worked, and still struggling to balance home and school.  Don’t get me wrong – I took plenty of time for my own retirement endeavors, which included sewing, writing, painting, and all the other little things I never had time to pursue when I was teaching.  However, I also did two things that helped me to help the teachers I left behind.

First, I began posting resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Initially, I posted many of the resources I had used while I was teaching.  Then, my “store” expanded to include resources that my teacher daughters asked me to create for them.  That included a PowerPoint of state history, which expanded into PowerPoints of every state history!  Then my daughter needed a learning packet for Ancient Rome.  You guessed it, that expanded into Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and I now have plans for Ancient China.  The list goes on and on.  Some resources were at the request of my daughters. Other resources were from my own interest in a variety of topics.  See all that I have done at my store: All-American Teacher Tools.  I am especially proud of the games I came up with to energize those kids who have been sitting in front of a screen all day.  Check out my Socially Distant Games for Grades 4-8.

Second, I started donating to Donor’s Choose.  I began to plow half of my earnings back into a different way of helping currently teaching educators looking for help.  (The other half goes to supporting my retirement habits – buying paints, fabrics, and sewing supplies!)  Each month I looked for projects that I felt most deserved my support.  First, I started looking for fellow Family Consumer Sciences teachers who were looking for supplies.  I also searched for teachers who wanted sustainable resources, not consumable resources that would only last a year.  Finally, and this is a personal preference, I wanted to be the donor who put those teachers “over the top” by being their last donor to complete their request.  I have always wanted to be wealthy enough to have my own foundation, like Bill Gates.  Since that’s never going to happen, Donor’s Choose is my next best opportunity to give back to those who need my money the most.

So how does this teacher’s journey retrospective relate to COVID-19? When the schools closed and teachers scrambled to prepare remote resources for their students, I wanted to learn what they needed to carry their classes through to the end of the year. (I had no idea at the time, that those needs would continue into the next school year!) My daughters showed me new and interesting platforms I never knew existed, and gave me new vocabulary that I never thought I’d use.  Words like Google Classroom, Slides, and Docs became my best friends.  They were easy to understand.  By the way, I found that it’s very easy to transfer Google Slides into PowerPoint, but the reverse is not so easy!  Next came Google meet and Zoom and screencasting!  Our family used the Google meet app to link up two states and four families into a family chat when travel was not an option.  Thank you, Google!  Then came my newest addiction – Bitmojis and their insertion into the virtual classroom.  What fun that is to help create a background, insert posters, add a Bitmoji character and develop a virtual classroom that is the next best alternative to the real deal.

So that’s the story of my journey to today.  I began teaching in 1971 when purple dittos were still the accepted means of reproducing tests and worksheets.  And blackboards still created chalk dust all over the front of the classroom! Now I know how to develop a Google doc with a form insertion field so students can fill in the blanks. What fun!!

Teaching is a never-ending journey of learning.  I hope I can continue to provide assistance to other teachers who need my limited expertise in remote learning. I say “limited” because my daughters who are developing classes, schedules, and assignments in their remote formats are far more experienced than I will ever be.  I wish them and the rest of you the best that the new school year has to offer – both remotely and in the COVID-19 adapted classroom. 

If you are a retired teacher, I'd love to know what you are doing to help your fellow teachers struggling to cope with remote/hybrid/classroom education.  If you are a current teacher, please let me know how I can help.  I'll give you a resource (if I can!) for free and then post it on Teachers Pay Teachers for a fee!  Its a win-win for everybody ūüėČ


FREE MISC. LESSON - “Planner 2020 to 2021 School Year”

by Simone
Pre-Kindergarten - 6th Grade

Fully editable 2020 to 2021 school year planner. Great for long range planning. There are two months per page so you can look ahead and plan out the time frame for your units without having to worry about making detailed lesson plans. Comes in PDF and fully editable MS Word.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

FREE MATH LESSON - “Numeracy Circle Roles”

by Jordan Coyle
3rd - 8th Grade

Just Print and Use!
These role cards ensure that all students in the group are actively participating and engaged in the lesson. They are perfect to use with task cards or any other kind of group work. These are also wonderful for incorporating "accountable talk" into your lessons, in which students are discussing and collaborating with each other while completing their assignment. Students are becoming leaders of their own learning using these roles!

Included in this product are four roles:
-Team Leader
-Conversation Coordinator
-Materials Manager

I have included 4 large 8.5" x 11" posters, as well as a small set of posters (all 4 on one sheet) since printing may be limited. On each role card is a detailed description of the student's role in the group.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Chromebook Rules”

by Mrs Beattie's Classroom
Kindergarten - 5th Grade

Chromebooks are being used in more and more classrooms! Establish rules for using them in your classroom with these fun posters! Just print, laminate, and hang!
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Monday, August 10, 2020

FREE MISC. LESSON - “Geometr√≠a Spanish Math Vocabulary Games ✅ Distant Learning Digital Activities ✅”

by Fun To Teach
3rd - 6th Grade

Freebie! Geometría - Trajetas De Intercambio - Spanish Math Vocabulary Games and Activities
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These Spanish Geometría vocabulary cards are great hands-on Math games and activities for second, third and fourth grade as math stations, centers, rotations, review, test prep, early or fast finisher activities and more. Use them with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade elementary students. With easy differentiated options, they fit a variety of learners. The critical thinking work for enrichment, GATE, or worksheet alternatives for individual kids, small groups or partners. Great for ELD and ESL. Grab yours today! (Year 2, 3, 4). #EarlyElementary#MathGames#Geometry #Geometría#Spanish
The 15 carefully selected Spanish Geometría math vocabulary words integrate kid friendly definitions with rich information about the concept. Words included are: polígono, figuras congruentes, simetría, ordenacion, diámetro, líneas paralelas, líneas perpendiculares, área, ángulos, cilindros, perímetro, rombo, cubo, esfera y cono.
This Spanish Math Game Geometry packet includes black line masters to reproduce and use as math games and activities.
This package includes: 7 Math Games:
•Match It Up!
•I Know the Word
•Tic Tac Go!
•And the Answer Is!
•Word Association
•A Game of 20 Questions
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