Saturday, December 1, 2012

Featured Teacher: Brooke Beverly Conway

What is your most memorable field trip experience?
My students one year went on a field trip to Nature's Classroom.  This outdoor learning opportunity brought me back to my experience as a year-round camp director.  It was amazing to see the kids trudging through the mud, investigating nature, dissecting creatures, learning to build forts, building campfires, picking edible plants, etc.  For weeks after this field trip, my kids would go out and explore their own backyard and bring in different leaves, bugs (yuck!), interesting rocks, etc. to share with their classmates.  You could tell that this field trip really grabbed their attention.

         2. What is something you have learned from your time on Teachers Pay Teachers?
I have learned so many things from the wonderful educators who collaborate on this site.  One of the simplest things I have learned, but has saved me so much time is to create projects in powerpoint because it is so much easier to manipulate clipart and word art.  They also inspired me to start a blog.  Check it out at .

         3. What book inspired you as a student?
I'm laughing out loud as I write this, but I have always loved “The Pain and The Great One”.  I used to tell my younger sister that she was the pain, and I of course, was the great one.  I wrote many sequels to this story in my elementary school career during different story writing times (it wasn't called "writer's workshop" back then!)

4. What is something you would like to see in the future, for education?
I would love for schools to be infused with technology.  The interactive and engaging learning opportunities that are available, or will be available, for students will truly enhance learning.  It would be great if the government invested more money in education as well!

         5. What is something fun about you that teachers don't know about you?
I used to work as a year-round camp director!  I think that is where I realized that when children have fun, are engaged in what they are learning about, and make connections so that they truly remember a lesson. 

         6. What is an achievement, in education or otherwise, that you have accomplished?
I have had several teaching ideas published in the Mailbox Magazine.  Both the Mailbox Magazine, and TpT inspire me to think outside of the box to find ideas that will really grab my student's attention!

         7. What was your first 'Free' item that you posted up on Teachers Pay Teachers?  What made you choose that?
I posted a French Fry Book Project.  I posted this product because I had just completed it with my students in my classroom.  I liked it because it was a twist on a book project that I hadn't seen before. 

8. What was your first 'Paid' item that you posted up on Teachers Pay Teachers? What made you choose that?        
My first paid product was probably not my best product.  It was a math review worksheet packet.  Today, I feel that my task card sets, and powerpoints are my best products.

9.  Your favorite teaching quote is...   
"The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes, and leads you onto the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth."
--Dan Rather

10. What is your 'Go To' time filler?          
I enjoy having kids pull out their dry erase boards and markers for a quick game review.  It is quick and easy, and everyone is involved in the learning process.  I also have "I'm Done, Now What" centers set up around my room for fast finishers to work on, so everyone is always actively engaged in a productive learning opportunity.
I also have powerpoint template games where students there is hidden treasure, or a hidden candy, etc. that can be used as a review for any concept.  This is great for a quick review for science or social studies test, or to give a little extra practice for a tricky math concept or spelling words.                                                                 

 by Brooke Beverly Conway

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