Welcome to the Teacher Representative Website!
If you are a teacher working with your local PTA or PTSA, you are in for a fun ride! The Teacher Representative or Teacher Vice President is an important role. You are the liason between your parent organization and the teachers in your school. Your job is to create a working relationship between all of the teachers and your fabulous PTA/PTSA!
This website will keep you updated on PTA-sponsored activities and on ideas and tips for your classrooms. Enjoy the many features.
- Attend monthly PTA Board meetings. The times may vary, but usually your principal will have an aid assist your class while you attend these meetings.
- During these meetings let PTA know of any concerns your teachers have regarding procedures or programs that the PTA are sponsoring.
- Give advice to the PTA about issues or ideas that PTA may want to work on in the school.
- Encourage your faculty to join the PTA where they teach and where their own children attend.
- Keep the faculty informed about any legislative issues that affect education and PTA during the legislative session. Also, let your faculty know about PTA's resolutions and bills that they are sponsoring!
- Encourage a partnership between the teachers and the parents by supporting PTA's activities after school hours and in the community.
- Be a strong advocate of PTA and encourage faculty members to be positive with parents that participate in school activities and complimentary of all the service they give!
This area will list important events that are happening in PTA. Some are all ready mentioned on other board member websites, but I will mention them here for your convenience as teachers.
*If you live near a Barnes & Noble Bookstore, you can have a bookfair that differs from the norm. Check out www.bn.com/bookfairs
Tracy Aviary has a Live Bird Outreach Program. Programs vary and include all grades. They even provide a “Birds in Art” program for painters, photographers, sculptors or sketch artists. Contact Tracy Aviary’s Bird Programs Department at 801-596-8500 Ext. 118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the UEN website you will find information about a financial literacy program called “Jump Start.” This website provides curriculum, games and workshops for teachers and students. In this economy, it’s very important to understand personal finances and this program is a necessary and successful one for jr. high and senior high school students.
Two websites that include fun and informational activities is www.teachertidbytes.com and www.kidinfo.com. On this website you will find computer activities for your students in every subject. Also the list is broad and includes current events trivia, gifted education, and life skills, to name a few. Please check them out and enjoy!!
“Your attitude determines your action. Your action determines your accomplishments.
In this section, I will spotlight an author and encourage you to read one of their books.
Last time I spotlighted the author, Avi. I hope you had a chance to read one of his books. This time, I’d like to tell you about Barbara Brooks Wallace. She is best known for her books about orphaned children who have fallen into unfortunate hardships. These books involve a mystery that leads to several other questions and twists and turns of the plot. Her mystery books include, Peppermints in the Parlor, Twins in the Tavern, Cousins in the Castle and much more. I always read “Peppermints” to my students, and they never want me to stop reading! Plus, they are driven to read the rest of her books.
Barbara Brooks Wallace was born in China. She also spent much of her childhood there. Later she moved to the United States. San Francisco was the port of entry for her family many times. The huge white-pillared mansion on the side of a hill that she lived in became the Sugar Hill Hall mansion which served as the setting for some of her most popular books.
Her web site contains humor and a real sense of who she is. She sounds like a fun person with unique characteristics. Enjoy reading some of her other genres, like musicals and fantasy. http://www.barbarabrookswallace.com
This feature focuses on quick, classroom games and/or energizers. You can even try these at home with any age group.
“Sevens” (Play in a circle)
The object of the game is to “count” is high as you can by keeping a four-count rhythm: Hands on legs, clap, click fingers, clap. When you count, say the number when you click your fingers. But…you can’t say numbers with 7’s or numbers that are multiples of 7. Instead of saying these numbers, just click your fingers and be quiet. Then the direction changes. The direction will always change after a number with 7 in it or a multiple is not sounded. It gets crazy as you go back and forth. A student is OUT when they say a number with 7 or a multiple of 7 or they don’t realize the direction changed, or when they don’t say their number on the “clicks.”
Variation #1: Play with only two people and go as fast as you can!
Variation #2: Start in the middle of the circle and let the student begin with whatever number they want and determine the beginning direction.
This section features PTA recipes and a tip. Teachers would starve if it weren’t for the culinary talents of their PTAs.
*2 heads fresh broccoli
*1 red onion
*1/2 pound bacon
*3/4 cup raisins
*3/4 cup sliced almonds or sunflower seeds
*1 cup mayo
*1/2 cup white sugar
*2 T white wine vinegar
Cook bacon, cool and crumble. Cut broccoli into bite-size pieces. Cut onion into thin bite-size pieces. Combine bacon, broccoli and onion with the almonds or seeds. Dressing: mix the mayo with sugar and vinegar until smooth. Stir into the salad. Let chill and serve! Delicious!!
TIP: As a member of your faculty, it is a good idea to join the PTA. They feed you, provide activities for your students and support you when needed. It’s very important to be a part of them by being a team player. Please join EVERY year!