Featured author: Kathy Applebee
With over two decades of teaching experience, featured author Kathy Applebee currently teaches all four core subjects at the middle school level for adult GED prep with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She previously taught math, social studies, and science for at-risk kids in 4th-12th grade.
We chatted with Kathy about her experience teaching and being a successful TES author, and here’s what she had to say about:
What makes a good teaching resource
Good resources generate student interest and invite them to think and be actively involved. Great ones link what a student already knows or observes to a strong desire to go beyond what the resource provides.
I love to swim, read, write (I have co-authored three YA mysteries with Christy Barritt), and act (I have written a number of published and produced plays). Being involved in church isn’t a hobby, per se, but is also an important part of my life.
An educator who inspired her
As an instructional specialist assigned to help me teach science, Tara Moore had a powerful impact on me. I was licensed to teach English, health, and PE, but the powers that be decided I would be teaching science as well. I was overwhelmed at first, but Tara modeled and provided resources, inspiration, and encouragement. It’s only because of her mentoring that four years later the Virginia Association of Science Teachers selected me as the 2011 Middle School Science Teacher of the Year.
This card game is a great way to help your students become more familiar with the weather and water cycle. You can use the card with ESL students for vocabulary, with students who need more of a challenge as an extension activity or as a tiered activity for all types of learners. The graphics and color make the game appealing and will leave your kids wanting to play again!
Stay on top of the food chain with this game-based science resource. 56 playing cards, 39 writing prompts, and instructions for 4 different games. Your students won’t be able to adapt fast enough to handle how great this resource is!
Prophase. Metaphase. Anaphase. Telophase. Cytokinesis. Cha-Cha-Cha! The cell cycle mitosis card game contains 55 colorful cards, diagrams, rules and kinesthetic brain games to engage your students as they learn the complexities of each phase. Cell division has never been so fun!