I studied creative writing at UCLA’s extension program back in the 90s with two published children’s authors. It was my outlet for creativity. Since then, I’ve written several children stories and poems, but they have remained unpublished sitting in a basket beside my desk (except for two educational ones that I sell on TeachersPayTeachers).
Currently, I’m using Storybird’s monthly challenges as my impetus for getting a new story out every month even though it’s not for profit. I just started in October of 2017. My Halloween story didn’t quite make it in on time to earn a badge for the challenge. I’ll keep posting new ones here on this page.
Summary: Paula reveals her thought process as she writes a Halloween story for a school contest. Meet Polly and Pollard in their adventures in a town near a forest with a witch, a fairy, and some hairy seeds.
Summary: Love removes all language barriers in this story based on a visit to grandmother’s house. She doesn’t speak English, so she gets the children’s attention by saying ‘mira’ which means ‘look’ in Spanish.
It’s been a while since I posted anything about my TPT store. This weekend and Columbus Day, I’m having a sale on all of my Halloween inspired educational products. Check them out! When you purchase these you gain access to the download and can start using them right away.
K-3 Halloween Literacy Center Games with directions, rules, and printable game pieces. Won’t you be my first buyer? This is an awesome product that hasn’t sold yet. Buyers rely on product feedback, so make sure you leave some.
Middle School (MS) poetry study: 3 sets of questions and answers for 3 spooky poems of Edgar Allan Poe, available in English and Spanish; aligned with Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Product provides links to poetry.
MS novelette study: questions and answers for R. L. Stevensons’ Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, aligned with CCSS and also available in English and Spanish. If you don’t have this novel, download a free eBook and podcast from The Gutenberg Project! See product info.
MS short story study: questions and answers for Henry Jame’s A Problem. This is aligned with CCSS and also available in English and Spanish. A link to the story is provided with the product.
I also have Q&A for Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight in English and Spanish.
The MS literature products are also sold in a bundles in English and Spanish, which are on sale this weekend. If you’re not a member of TPT, you can create an account for free. This allows you to access the thousands of freebies available from millions of teachers on the site.
TeachersPayTeachers.com is a great way for educators to sell their own material. They’re an open marketplace for educators to buy, sell, and share their self-made educational products. Here’s my store on TPT: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teacherrogers. I currently have 50 educational products for sale. Examples include a podcast project, learning center signs, language prompts with photos from American life, and literature studies. The majority of my products are available in English and Spanish editions.
You have to become a member to make a purchase. Membership is free. Additionally, you will have access to thousands of free downloads from each teacher—that’s the sharing component of TPT. If you’re interested in selling products on TPT, then please use my referral link.
Read my WordPress page about being a materials writer for TeachersPayTeachers. I’m selling products on TPT to help pay for graduate school and to get hands-on experience as an instructional designer of educational products. This activity is also helping me learn about the Common Core State Standards, as I try to align my products. For example, check out the fictional story I wrote about the life cycle of various animals and plants a young chick encounters on a walk around the farm.
Also, some teachers (not me) make a substantial income on TPT.Read about TPT’s number one seller, Deanna Jump. Thank you for visiting my store! If you purchase something, please leave feedback.
Over this past school year, I’ve been serving as a virtual intern for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba (USINT Havana). It’s a Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) internship through the US State Department. I communicate via email with my program coordinator in Havana. We’ve been working on two major projects: a Kindle literacy book club project and updating their organization’s website with links to educational bilingual sites. USINT Havana requested a list of a variety of web resources in Spanish to include under the “Resource” tab on the USINT homepage, as well as a review of the existing links listed on their site. Improving the list of Spanish language websites would increase traffic to USINT’s Web page, provide better access for new Internet users unaccustomed to searching the web, and help ensure their Internet time at the centers is used for educational purposes.
I’d like to share some of the bilingual (Spanish/English) educational websites that I found. They address children, juveniles, and adults. The topics include literature, K-12 Education, free e-magazines, and general resources on the US and Cuba. There are several constraints to the learning environment in Cuba. One being the lack of high-speed Internet. Unfortunately, this restricted flash media such as videos and gaming websites from our list. Additionally, the lack of English knowledge is another constraint. Therefore, I selected either fully Spanish or bilingual sites. I was actually amazed at how little I could find in Spanish. If you have some great sites to share, please leave a comment. The project will finish in April.
http://www.nuso.orgNueva Sociedad es una revista sobre la democracia y politica en la America Latina.
https://www.google.com/Google ofrece herramientas gratuitas de publicación y colaboración tales como documentos, hojas de cálculo, formas, diapositivas, eventos y dibujos graficos. Se puede cambiar la configuración para español.
http://elibraryusa.state.gov/resources.htmleLibraryUSA ofrece información sobre la investigación, la empresa, la universidad, el cine, la ciencia y la salud. También cuenta con libros electrónicos y una enciclopedia. Se necesita un código de acceso especial para utilizarlo.
I started a podcast on English language pronunciation issues and Spanish for medical usage. The English language podcasts are for English language learners (ELLs), and the Spanish language podcasts are for medical professionals to use Spanish-speaking patients. The latter serves as a job aid for those who need to practice Spanish on the job. I’ll be adding more soon. Check it out!
“The more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world unveiled.― Paulo Freire