If you're new here, you may not know that there's a single dude behind this blog: Dave Stuart Jr. (That's me on the right.)
Here's the thing: I got into teaching because I want to promote the long-term flourishing of students. As a full-time teacher (during the 2014-2015 school year, I'll be teaching a full load freshman world history and English 9) for the past 8 years, I've pursued just that: the long-term flourishing of my 6th through 12th grade students. And, since May 2012, I've sought to expand that work by writing for like-minded educators through this blog (see all my posts here).
Yet even before my jobs as a teacher and a writer, I'm a husband and a dad. And, since my wife/hero is engaged full-time in the raising of our little girls, I'm the sole breadwinner of the Stuart fam.
And while I love ya'll Teaching the Core readers, I've gotta find ways to make the hours I put into this blog a win not just for students and educators around the country, but also for the Stuart ladies.
The thing is, I never want to sacrifice what makes this blog awesome: it provides free posts to people around the country without being slathered with ads or selling over-priced products.
Here's what I came up with
I want to try an experiment here on Teaching the Core that I don't see too many teacher blogs trying: I want to provide you, the awesome community here, with sweet resources I come up with in exchange for a donation in an amount of your choosing.
Any donation you'd like to make to the work I'm doing here at Teaching the Core can be given through clicking on one of the e-guides below.
This is my latest creation, and I'm pretty excited about it. You get 9 files:
- “Pop-Up Debate Teacher Tips and Tricks” (an annotated, bulleted list of my tips for using pop-up debate successfully)
- An editable, two-page student handout (one page is a bulleted explanation of the routine; the other page is a reproducible sheet I sometimes use with my students, especially at the start of the year)
- An editable, annotated slideshow of various slides I use in my speaking/listening debate instruction.
- A video of me introducing a pop-up debate to students (includes a student-friendly overview of PVLEGS)
- A video of me reviewing a sample pop-up debate assignment (in this one I'm talking to the camera)
- An uncut video of students engaging in pop-up debate, along with my annotated comments (when viewed on Youtube)
- A .pdf file that links to all of the items above in online formats (Google Docs, Google Slideshow, and Youtube), just in case you don't have the necessary software to view the files (you also get the files in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and .mp4 formats — just in case you'd prefer to work with them solely on your computer).
Pop-up debate is one of my students' favorite in-class activities, and I've seen it literally transform kids over the course of a school year.
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An e-Guide to How I've Received $7,000 of Classroom Resource Donations Over the Course of My Career
In this 56 page e-guide, here's what I cover:
- The 7 barriers to getting people to donate resources to your classroom
- The 7 solutions to overcoming those barriers
- A complete walkthrough of DonorsChoose.org, including easy-to-follow screenshots and links to video screencasts
- How to Craft a Resource Request that your administrators will seriously consider
If you'd like to support my work at Teaching the Core and get this guide in return, click the button below.
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In this 13-page e-guide, here's what I cover to help you get started with articles of the week:
- How I first learned about AoW from Kelly Gallagher (2011)
- How and why I started AoW in my classroom
- The number one resource for the teacher who has no time (or interest) to stay up on current events
- Why do AoWs? How I convince my students
- How should I introduce AoW to parents?
- What’s the simplest way to grade AoWs?
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As always, if you're not 100% satisfied with your purchase, just contact me anytime–even in 14 years if you'd like–and I'll refund you 100%!