Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Please Vote in for The Teaching Bank in the TpT Banner Contest!


I have entered three banners into the Teachers Pay Teachers Banner Contest. If you like the look of my banners and would like to see TpT use them on their website please head over to the Teachers Pay Teachers Facebook page and "LIKE" my submissions!

You can find submissions in the right hand column:
 "Recent Posts by Others on TeachersPayTeachers.com"

Click the "See All" link and scroll down for The Teaching Bank's submissions and click LIKE. Voting ends on Saturday, April 28, 2012.


Here are the banner designs that I have submitted:




Thank you so much for your support!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

How to Make Science Fun?

My 3rd grade daughter made the comment the other day that she didn't like science because it is "boring". I was not happy to hear that comment at all, but sadly I can't say I am surprised. Science used to be a favorite subject of hers in the primary grades. For some unknown reason textbook publishers and school districts that adopt them choose science curriculum for the intermediate and older grades that can bore you to tears! They take the fun out of science that you find in the primary curriculum. In primary grades science is taught within the context of a unit. The students learn the concepts by DOING things, it is fun, interesting, and engaging. Hit the intermediate years and it becomes a system of memorizing vocabulary and reading from a textbook. The fun is removed. WHY? Science curriculum has the potential to be exciting and interesting. Why doesn't the curriculum reflect that?

I know many of you have created and adapted science curriculum to better meet the needs of your students. Many of you have created engaging, interesting, exciting lessons. Please share some of your suggestions in the comments section. If you have a science lesson available for free or priced please share your link in this Science Linky Party:



I can't wait to see the creativity that my fellow teachers have come up with. Hopefully we get these exciting lessons into the classrooms around the country to make science FUN instead of boring!