1. How long have you been on Teachers Pay Teachers? What made you decide to be a part of it?
I joined TPT as a basic seller somewhere around July 2009 and upgraded to premium seller in March 2010. I first heard about TPT from someone on the Proteacher.net forum and immediately decided it was worth joining. I had been sharing my ideas freely for a long time. While that has its’ rewards, TPT was exactly the kind of place I had been searching for.
2. When did you know that you wanted to be in education?
I have known I wanted to be an educator since I was in the 3rd grade. My teacher gave me opportunities to be a peer helper and I was hooked.
3. How are you currently involved in education?
I am currently a science lab teacher for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in a small urban community school. In this role, I was recently nominated for and named as a 2011 recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award for Math and Science Teachers
4. What would be your advice to people who are considering joining Teachers Pay Teachers?
Take the time to make your product look professional before posting. I jumped right in and posted my things as they were without realizing the value of adding copyright notices, cover pages, answer keys, and directions for use. It takes a lot more time to go back and make the fixes than it does to upload it in a completed format from the very beginning.
5. What has been a highlight, thus far, about being on Teachers Pay Teachers?
The collaboration with other high quality, creative, caring, competent educators!
6. What is something fun about you that other teachers don’t know?
I grew up in Southwestern New York. Every winter, my dad would connect PVC pipes together in an octagon shape and lay out some heavy duty plastic. Then he’d run the hose out to it and fill it with several inches of water. By the end of November it had frozen and I had my own private ice skating rink for the winter without the worries of falling through the ice into a pond.
7. Do you participate in education outside of the classroom? In what type of role?
Collaboration is the key to becoming a great educator. With that in mind I tweet, blog, facebook, skype, and socialize on a number of discussion boards with other teachers. I’m active in our district as a facilitator of professional development both face to face and online. Additionally, I serve on advisory teams and curriculum teams within the district.
8. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I think I would like to record children’s audio books. I’ve been told that my speaking voice would be good for that.
9. What profession would you not like to do?
I would not want to do most of the jobs featured on Mike Rowe’s “Dirty Jobs”.
10. Who is your favorite author? Favorite educational author? And why?
This is seriously hard for me to choose. I do enjoy Kate DiCamillo. Students love a great animal character with human qualities. Her books make for some great read alouds. She has an amazing knack for linking some seemingly unconnected characters together into a tightly woven plot with an unexpected twist at the end. It gets the kids every time.
by Heather Kaiser
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This super science set is a combination of all the weather and climate products I have created to this point. What you get: I have Who has and Wordle Wise PowerPoint vocabulary games, Weather tracking data sheets and Excel spreadsheet for technology integration, Trifold unit study guide for reviewing key concepts, SmartBoard consensogram and HotSpots activities plus water cycle and cloud identification quizzes that works with or without the Smart Response system, and a tic tac toe differentiated menu of choice activities complete with mini-rubrics for easy grading.
A fully integrated math, science and cross-curricular writing plan including foldable and suggested uses. This one page (double-sided)foldable can be used to track this investigation from beginning to end. Real world skills of measurement, and using simple machines to make work easier tie in nicely as well as the obvious science concepts centered around the parts of a plant and the scientific method. Take it further by creating a class graph of the data to compare results and come to a conclusion regarding our ability to accurately predict the number of seeds in a pumpkin.