Featured author: Katie Gaines
Katie Gaines has been teaching first grade at Title 1 schools for five years.
We chatted with Katie about her experience teaching and being a successful TES author, and here’s what she had to say about:
What makes a good resource
A great teaching resource is made up of 3 essential components: it has original and purposeful content, it’s easily readable/teachable, and it’s presented in an eye-catching way. My goal is always that someone, no matter their teaching experience, can take my resources, easily employ them in their classroom, and have success with them!
Her motivation for sharing resources on TES
My motivation for creating these resources is truly to help other teachers. I remember my first year and feeling like I was drowning. Or, even this year, standards have completely changed and the thought of starting over is SCARY! So to be able to alleviate someone’s stress is an awesome feeling. Yes, getting paid is an absolute bonus, but it means so much to me to read a review from someone saying how much this product helped them. So please, leave reviews and comments!
Her advice for a first year teacher
First year teachers: I could sit here and give you pages and pages of advice. But, that’s just more work for you to go through so I won’t bog you down with all that. The single biggest piece of advice I can give you is this: there will always be more work. There will always be more things you can do. There will always be another email you should get to. BUT, you’ve done enough for today. You did a great job. You didn’t lose a student. You didn’t have a total meltdown. Your day is done. Turn off the computer. Turn out the lights. And go home. (And maybe get a milkshake or something ☺).
Use this resource for yourself or for your students! Katie’s best selling resource gives a great template and clear instructions for how to make a nice looking and effective resume.
This resource includes an accessible little book about plants, along with a variety of fun activities, games, and writing prompts.
If you purchase this resource then students will be successfully able to write like a scientist. Use this resource to teach students how to write a hypothesis, ask questions, draw conclusions on experiments, and use inquiry-based learning all through a diagram activity.