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Power Point in your classroom

Teachers and Educators use Power Point in hundreds of different ways.  Many educators use it simply as a visual aid and this is why Power Point was originally created.  Power Point took the place of other types of visual aids—hand-drawn or mechanically typeset slides, blackboards or whiteboards, or overhead projection. Some teachers use it simply as an interactive experience – with or without an interactive whiteboard.


I always try to include both features in my Power Points.  The beginning of most of Power Point Maniac’s Power points feature visual aids and clipart so the teacher can lecture and give the students information.  At the end of most Power Points is some sort of interactive activity. It may be something simple like a true/false quiz where the student comes to the board and touches the correct answer.  It could be a quiz where the students come to the board and circle the correct answer or picture. Here is a free example of what I am talking about! If you have never used Power Point interactively you should think about trying out some hyperlinks and quiz features.  What sort of ways do you like to use Power Point in your classroom? Let me know in the comments section!

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Are You Sick of Highly Paid Teachers?

Are you sick of highly paid teachers?

Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do – babysit!

We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan– that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.



That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days

= $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)


This is not original with me!  But please comment with your thoughts!

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Don’t be like the Groundhog!

If it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow, get scared, and retreat back into its burrow. The winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

Check out more in my Groundhog’s Day Power Point Lesson

Of course Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on Feb. 2 in the United States and Canada. So yesterday I was thinking about the silly groundhog and I was thinking about some of my students and their fears.  Fear of failure.  Fear of rejection. Fear of being wrong. Fear of critiscism.  I’m sure there are others!  Many times they are just like the Groundhog.  It’s just a shadow. Smoke and mirrors! Ignore it and take a chance! I talk often about the hockey player on a poster in my classroom.  The caption says, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”  Every year we pick two students from each class to be in Student council.  In third grade I pick the two people.  In fourth, any student who is interested writes a paragraph about why they might be good at student council and reads it to the class.  Then we vote. This year one of the students who would have been phenomenal at it wrote the paragraph, went up in front of the class, and then froze, changed her mind, and sat down.  I was flabbergasted! I had no idea what to do. The question is, how as educators and parents do we get students past this? A safe environment? Lead by example? Reassurance?  Do we force them? What are your thoughts on this?  Write me a comment!

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4 Year Old Artist

There is no greater joy in the world than being a father.  Someone who looks up to me and thinks I’m always right.  He has this assurance that I’m always on his side, and always looking out for him. I love it.  My son has also heard me talk a good deal about teaching, my students, and watches me create  power points and lessons, and even practices making them himself on his “Smart Board”. He also notices my logo “the Power Point Maniac” dude.  The other day he was very interested in drawing him.  I could not believe what an amazing job he did so I took his picture…

Here is the PPT Maniac that is all over my site!

And HERE is my son holding his Power Point Maniac!!!

Great Job Wesley!

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Grand Opening Sale


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Podcasting with a twist!

Anyone interested in using podcasts in your classroom? I have a classroom podcast on my school site. I really wish more parents and students would see it and subscribe to it.  If anyone has any ideas on how to get more parents to see it, let me know!

Recently I heard about a pretty innovative project called, What’s the Truth, George? A teacher is creating short podcasts on historical topics like the Mayflower, but the twist is that the podcasts contain errors. Students have to conduct research to correct the errors because George Washington cannot tell a lie! She’s looking for teachers to help her field test the lessons and activities. If you are interested in this project, click on the link.

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