Sunday, May 6, 2012

It's here!  The teacher appreciation JACKPOT sale!  Here is the direct link to our FREE download--and below, you will find the link-ups for K-2, 3-6, and 7-12.  Along with the links to stores for each grade in the 3-6 link-up.

From everyone at TLC-thanks for all you do each and every day!  We feel so fortunate to be able to have you in sessions, explore new ideas, and share all the great things happening in classrooms!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Sunday, May 6th is sure to be your lucky day! I'm excited to announce the very first Teacher Appreciation Jackpot, an amazing "blog hop" event involving over 150 bloggers!

We wanted to show our appreciation for you in a BIG way, so we've all agreed to give away one of our TeachersPayTeachers products for free on that day! Each free gift will be valued at between $3 and $8, so the total jackpot amount is estimated to be over $500! We'll post the actual amount on Saturday, May 5th.

In the meantime, give a little TLC and take a look at the items in our TeachersPayTeachers store.  

Then, be sure to let me know which item you would like as your free gift? Keep in mind that the free item will be valued between $3 and $8. I'm not making any promises, but I'd love to see what interests you!

Be sure to FOLLOW our store for updates, free lessons, and more great ideas in math, science & technology.

For more info on this fun JACKPOT check out the following:

PK - Grade 2 - April McNair on A Modern Teacher

Grades 3 - 6 - Laura Candler on Corkboard Connections

Grades 7 - 12 - Adrianne Meldrum on The Tutor House

Thanks so much for all you do! We appreciate your commitment to your students and your dedication as an educator!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

SCORE with our MVPs in Math!

We love this idea to focus on the MVPs in Math--the Most Valuable Practices in the Common Core-the mathematical practices!! We have 9 cubes for before/during problem solving and 9 cubes for after!  One for each mathematical practice and one that mixes them up! 18 cubes x 6 prompts per cube= 108 prompts that get kids thinking and keeps the mathematical practices right in front of us!

We also love our GOAL sheets to Gather Observations and Assess Learning of the practices!
K-2 Version:

3-8 Verson:

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tech Talks

We have been meeting with a group of teachers this year to really explore technology integration.  We started with just getting together to share ideas, how we were using apps/tech in the classroom and started our QR code project.

I started thinking about this group today during Spring Break as my 12 year old, Parker, was in his teen-cave playing on Xbox.  He had heard that the Kinect could be used with his Halo game (not that I totally approve of this game choice).  :-)  But it was funny to watch him--he could speak commands and direct the game to do what he wanted.  "Scan"  "Flashlight on" "Flashlight off"

It just took me a minute to realize that he was talking to a sensor, connected to a tv, and giving it commands.  That's pretty awesome (which is probably not the correct *cool* word choice he would use).  I imagine that soon, we will do the same to our tv and computers...

Where do you think we will be in 5 years?  Just pondering....and thinking that technology is pretty amazing in so many ways.  

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Scan It, Solve It, Show It!

We LOVE QR codes.  We have been finding some great ways to use them in the classroom.  The idea began with codes that could be placed inside literature books to extend topics--kids just scan the code and get more info.  (We'll share more about this project soon).  Then, the idea EXPLODED--we began using QR codes to launch rich math problems that were presented in animated videos using the Xtranormal website.  We began using the idea in PD sessions, and asking teachers to go back and try it out--and we are hearning AMAZING, EXCITING things.

So, I decided to ask our blog followers to do the same.  I have attached a good sampling of our latest idea...SCAN IT, SOLVE IT, SHOW IT.  The grade level is shown in the footer of the template.
To download the file, click here.  

How to Scan:
Any smartphone, ipad 2 or 3, tablet, or iTouch can be used.  Download a QR Code reader.  Once you have that app, open it and scan the code.  That should take you to the video.  Students watch the video (an much as they need to), then solve the problem using the I-chart template provided.

Give us Feedback:
All we ask is that you give us some feedback--we are hearing great things and plan to make many, many more...and to give you info on how to do the same.  How do your students respond? How do you organize the technology?  What did you think?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pi Day 5K

Well, I just noticed that I have not blogged since February!  Since I am new at the blogging piece, and trying to keep up with our FB pages (yes, I said pages), Twitter feed, and TpT site, I must admit that this just slid off the plate!  :-)

What have we been up to?  Well, we celebrated Pi Day in a big way.  We coordinated our FIRST signature race event.  The Pi Day 5K- a 3.14 mile run/walk to support our PD programs.  The response was OVERWHELMING and so much fun.  We had over 314 participants and supporters join us on a beautiful Saturday morning.  And what still makes me smile is the Cutie Pi Crew (along with so many others).  They crossed the 5K finish line and they were so excited about doing it!

So, now we are doing what I love most of all about my job--planning our summer PD!  I love summer PD.  Teachers are always amazing, but their energy in the summer, and the excitement about learning new things for their classroom is inspiring!   So, I promise to try to be a better blogger--in the meantime, my first order of the blog-o-sphere is to recruit some followers!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

HALF-Time Superbowl Sale!

Ok, I am too excited.  And I know I will be adding pins to the board up to the minute, so I went ahead and put our MVP Cubes on sale.  The Most Valuable Practices include the Mathematical Practices in the Comnon Core!

Get them now and be sure sure to check out the 128 products (and growing) on the Pinterest Board link in the previous post!

These 18 cubes will help you SCORE in the classroom when students are problem solving-and they focus on the Mathematical Practices in the Common Core! Get them today only through HALF-time for $3.00!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Superbowl HALF-time Sale

So many great sellers on TpT are coming together for a HALF-time Superbowl sale! 

They plan to put many of their products on sale for HALF off during half-time of the Superbowl tomorrow!  Some are already on sale!!  We're pinning as many as we can to the following pinterest board:

So, score a TOUCHDOWN with these great deals and be sure to follow their TpT Store as a way to say thanks for so many of them joining the sale!  Can't wait to see what happens tomorrow!

If you sell on TpT and want to add your products, visit the Selling Tips section in the forum and look for the Superbowl Sale post.

Friday, February 3, 2012


MVP's in Math focus on the "Most Valuable Practices"-the eight Mathematical Practices in the Common Core State Standards for grades K-12 and are great to use when students are problem solving!  On Sunday, we will have a SUPERBOWL SALE! So, score a perfect "10" with these cubes and get them on sale Sunday!!
Check them out in our TpT Store:

Included in this packet you will receive::
A total of 18 MVP Cubes, GOAL sheets to observe and assess learning each Common Core Mathematical Practice, and great teacher info!
Each cube has 6 question prompts, giving you 108 prompts that you can use to focus on the mathematical practices with students while they solve rich word problems and talk about math!

Just print and fold the cube you want to use. Students roll a cube that has a prompt related to each mathematical practice and respond in a journal or on the template provided. The cubes can be used in a center, at table groups, whole class, or even to send home for parents to ask good questions while students solve problems.

The 18 cubes include:
~Nine BEFORE and DURING problem solving cubes- (6 prompt questions per cube), one for each mathematical practice (8) and one that combines multiple practices (1).

~Nine AFTER problem solving cubes- (6 prompts questions per cube), one for each mathematical practice (8) and one that combines multiple practices (1).

A GOAL sheet for "Gathering Observations to Assess Learning" for each practice that helps guide teacher observations to uncover student understanding and assess learning.

Information on each mathematical practice, ideas for instruction, and how to use the MVP cubes in a variety of ways is also included.

The PREVIEW file gives a great example of what is included for each practice, and gives you a look at the first mathematical practice, info, and cubes.

Thursday, February 2, 2012


I really like wordle, but I LOVE Tagxedo and it seemed appropriate that we create one for Math & Science with "TLC"!  If you have not tried either, spend a few minutes...which will turn into a few more, but this would be a great activity for students and is easy to learn.  Have students generate key words about a topic and create a Tagxedo, choose a shape that represents the topic and wow!

Monday, January 30, 2012 secret post about QR code project

Yes, we love the office cats who get to lay around and sleep all day-but they are letting this idea out of the bag!  We have been working with a great group of teachers in our TECH TALKS sessions on a QR code project.  We are generating QR codes to extend the ideas in childrens literature.  

As an example, we have several codes for the book Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons.  We've chosen a few pages to extend the ideas in the book using videos, images, and websites.  So, as students are reading, they scan the code and get more info!  Just a fun way to extend literature and embed technology. 

So, help us out--what are a few of your favorite math/science titles (or others) that we can help find codes for?  And be sure to follow our TpT Store--we plan to post this lesson soon!

Pinning-it's not just for sewing anymore!

So, it didn't take us long to see just how quickly a pin can spread.  We pinned the link to our MVP in Math (Most Valuable Practices) lesson and within an hour it had been repinned 200 times!  That's a powerful way to share information!  So, here is to sharing...and our link to follow TLC's board where we will post our math/science lessons.

Additionally, I have to say that I am joining the blog-o-sphere thanks to the great teachers on Teachers pay Teachers (TpT)!  So many of them have had success in sharing great ideas and having more conversations on the blog.  For those of you who don't know about TpT-it's an amazing marketplace where teachers are posting lessons, activities, and resources for others.  Some (many) are free downloads, and some are for purchase.  Did I mention that their top seller is about to gross $500,000?  And many sellers this year are hitting the $20,000 mark! Kudos to them--TLC is using this site to post math/science lessons-and hoping to generate funds that can go back to teachers in PD sessions.
Check it out here...and look for the red star to FOLLOW our store and get an occasional update about new lessons!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Who we are...

TLC is a non-profit organization located in Columbus, Ohio whose mission is to provide innovative professional development and resources for pK-12 educators in mathematics, science, and technology.  We're going to try to blog as much as we can about the exciting things happening in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and TLC programs. 

Thanks for visiting and be sure to follow the blog!  We'll be doing lots of sharing!


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