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- A few essay themes
- How it all began
- Computer Tips
- A Good Book
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- Widgets Science
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A Few Article Themes Chosen with Teaching in MindNewer Units: Metaphors & Resources Robotics, Bonsai,
Children and Photography, Human Carrying Capacity, lab safety, sci fi, & webmaster info
Older Units: Lessons, Music, Critical Thinking, Classroom Management, Science Math and Technology, Writing, Travel, & More
The Seeds for this Site Sprouted and Grew:
A Website History
with Descriptions of the Many Sections
My 16+ years of experiences in teaching led me to the essays, lessons and products that are offered in this website. I have searched for items of interest to K-12 teachers, homeschoolers, parents, and students; some I have written or designed myself. Download free samples of our unique Template Design Sets and Lessons Items.
Lessons I have learned in writing this website are the basis of the Webmaster Page set .
Read below and follow the links for more information about the site. Look for featured products and sponsors on this page and throughout the site. I have used our unique artwork designs wherever I could work them into the page, i.e., The Rabbit, and the Cat below, and the Embossed Trees in the page background are all images in the Template Design Sets produced by VCCTI. Buy them now. Some can be located here.
The Computer Tips grew out of comments on my experiences while I attempted this project. I had to learn about web pages from scratch--I knew they existed, but that was all. What I quickly discovered was that doing web pages with Dreamweaver, now from ., is easy to learn, especially with a book like The Dreamweaver MX 2004 Bible by J.W. Lowery. Read more about my experiences with the computer. I collected ideas for websites and ended with a Webmaster Page.
I kept writing and collecting essays and ended with a set of articles. In my searches I came across charities and products that I knew would be useful to teachers, families, homeschool parents, and students. I offer a forum and a newsletter: just request it here. I offer links to sites and rss feeds that are helpful to educators. Here are the links and icons for just a few of these.
Recognizing a good book leads one to make booklists. I have listed some of my favorites and some that I recommend for use with students. Moreover, I offer books for purchase on the booklists pages. Consequently, I looked for more sources of good books and movies and documentaries from both and ShopPBS.Org that could be used in the classroom. I present my choices, but you can also search these merchant sites yourself.
Read about using robots in your lessons..
Science Fiction for Students includes some books for sale that are the list of books that either I or another teacher have read and recommend for secondary readers (screened for violence, profanity and explicit sex) as well as adults (because they are fun reads for all). I am such a fan that I also write about using science fiction with students.
My Favorites Books lists nonfiction books--especially those on science topics, books with more violence or profanity than I would recommend for students (Although personally I would let my son and daughter read them, other parents might not approve.), or books with a
reading level more complex than a secondary student would appreciate. Science books for student reports or that I would want in a school library for students to use for research is a page for future development. Visit these merchants to get a head start.
Considering books for youth reminded me of movies that would broaden students' outlook and software that would help with their learning. So I started more pages that sell home and educational software and videos. Then I considered school supplies and created music, magazine and educational toy stores; and partnered (as an affiliate) with stores that will provide these items. I have included art and photography items, special student items, and such until I felt the need to organize pages by subject matter, parent and teacher. There will even soon be a set of pages for college prep. This item index/site map will help you find pages of particular interest.
With all the great areas to shop online, along with all the products that are useful for teaching and enriching the home environment, I began to design pages to assist you in locating where to shop. This creates pages that serve as online mini-malls--doorways to merchants. These merchants often offer free shipping specials, special discounts and closeout sales, but only to online shoppers. To assist you in locating these sales, I started a special sales page. I still offer books and products associated with a topic under discussion. I love to windowshop and I have taught long enough to know what supplies I like to have around for hands-on teaching. Watch for lesson supplies and resources throughout. I hope you enjoy your shopping.
Then I decided to concentrate a bit more on the quality products offered by the merchants with whom I am affiliated. So I opened a new website called Dirt Poor Book Shop. Here I concentrate on products that appeal to a broader audience than those that benefit from the stores in this website that are "chosen with teaching in mind."
Some of the images used in our Template Design Sets are used with other products at CafePress.com. Visit Picket Fence Friends or Valerie's Stuff to purchase them. Get Three FREE downloads of sample Template Design Sets. Read about the Template Design Sets and all VCCTI original products here and here. At the bottom of this page is a sample set of slides from one of our sets.
Some of the presentations available on this site were originally developed for my classes at Global, when I offered classes there. Read about my classes and freelance sites. I invite you to visit at Global E-School and at Tapped In. Read about Tapped In on the Teacher Freebies and Links Page. Currently, I offer freelance services at BizReef.
As a teacher, I wrote an Access database to write, store, and print my lesson plans that I used for high school sciences in a Mississippi public school. I know its value as a timesaver--and as my own personal graphic organizer to keep me on track in terms of standards and other aspects of the professional's lesson plan process. Download a sample page of the lesson plan database., or buy it now. To organize information for lessons, I created a database for Examples, buy it now. Sorry, I cannot sell the actual lessons, since MS shares the copyright. The database can be easily altered to fit and print according to your district's lesson plan. I'll be happy to make the adjustments for you.
The story behind Widgets Science is told here. This series contains a lab activity worksheet form that can be modified for any science lab activity. The activity worksheet form is a free download. As time goes on, activities that I wrote--both mine and some based on labs common to high school science classes--will be written as essays or in an activity form. Currently, the Chi-Square Activity is a free download.
I discovered NetSupport Schools as I was exploring the web looking for information on on-line teaching. I quickly perceived its value for classroom management. I wanted to share it with teachers, so I present l it and other programs like it, as well as those that offer other types of internet protection for kids . I also collected merchant links that sell items to assis in kid safety.
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Each of our Template Design Sets has 5 or more slide and title master designs presented in a presentation file explaining how to use the masters and granting you, the purchaser, lisense to use the designs in classroom projects, personal memos and stationery. Below is a sample of the slides of one Template Design Set.
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