I am super excited about the newest resources that I am in the process of creating!! Let me take a few steps back first! Over the past two months, I've lead several Professional Development sessions about Google for Busy Teachers. I've covered topics like Chrome, Drive, Classroom, Docs, and Slides. The feedback from these sessions was so positive, that I've decided to turn these PDs into digital guides for teachers!! This way, the information and support can be shared with teachers around the world, who are not able to attend an "in-person" PD. How cool is that?!?
The first guide that will be released will focus on using Google Chrome to streamline your busy teacher work flow! In all honesty, the information is not ground-breaking! However the tips and tricks covered in the guide are most likely things that you didn't know (or forgot about) Google Chrome. Following the Chrome guide, there will be a guide on Drive, Classroom, and Docs & Slides.
Welcome to VIPKid!! Not a teacher yet? Or thinking about becoming a teacher? Great!! This post is for you. I have been a VIPKid teacher for almost a year now, and it has been an overall positive experience for me.
When I first began teaching for VIPKid, I was a bit overwhelmed. I searched for videos and Blogs from experienced VIPKid teachers, and I found some very helpful information to get me through my first few classes.
One part of setting up your Account is to create an "Introductory Video." Now, if you are new to VIPKid, you probably still feel a bit uncomfortable with your face on video. Don't worry, you'll get use it very soon! My advice for your Introductory video is to keep it simple! A few other tips to help you in creating your video:
This might be the first time that a future student will see your face, so SMILE and show that positive energy too!!
Comment below with questions! I would love to help you get started with VIPKid teaching! If you are just starting the sign-up process, I would love for you to use my LINK.
Please Note: I receive compensation for teachers that sign-up, pass the interview, AND teach their first class :)
Before I was back in the classroom as a 3rd grade teacher in TN, I was a TOSA in southern California. For those of you unfamiliar with the term TOSA, it is a teacher on special assignment. The focus of my TOSA role was to support classroom teachers with EdTech and STEM. My position was grant funded, and included support with the STEM curriculum Project Lead the Way (PLTW). I loved working with teachers, and I quickly became familiar with the PLTW curriculum, including all of the K-5 modules.
One particular PLTW module that I had a lot of experience with was the 1st grade “Light and Sound” module. It included a ton of really cool hands on tools that the students were able to explore and experiment with, while learning about the characteristics of light and sound.
I created the Light & Sound Task Cards as a tool for teachers to use, either following the PLTW module, or along side it. The resource includes 20 task cards that provide students with the opportunity to explore specific materials. The materials that are included in Task Card material list are ALSO all included in the PLTW “Light & Sound” module box. So if you have the PLTW box, these materials are already in your classroom.
If you do not have the PLTW module box, many of the items required can be purchased on Amazon, if they are not already in your classroom. The instructions on each card are very simple and students should be able to read them independently. However, if you have parent helpers, having them support students with the cards would be a great idea too.
All thoughts, opinions, reflections, and ideas are that of Heather Love-Fleck, and not the school district that employs her. She reserves the right to change her thoughts, opinions, reflections, and ideas at any time. Subscribe below!