Today’s Guests of Honor are Pam Beckner and Brittany Lynch and they are the teachers behind SOL Train Learning TeachersPayTeachers store and SOL Train blog. They can also be found on their Facebook page! Please visit all these locations and leave them some “love” 😉
Here are Pam’s answers to my interview:
How long have you been a teacher?
Why did you become a teacher?
I love children! I took a child development class in college and I remember being outside observing some children and as I watched them, I knew I wanted to teach them as much as I could. I guess that was probably when I decided I was going to be a teacher.
Which grades have you taught so far?
Kindergarten, First, Second, Third and Fourth Grade Gifted.
What subjects do you rather teach?
I love reading!
What is your favorite aspect of being a teacher?
I love watching the gleam in my student’s eyes when they learn something new or when they comprehend a difficult concept. I enjoy taking them as far as I can in their learning time with me. I also love it when my students teach me something new and it helps me to become a better teacher.
Meet SOL Train’s mascot, Quentin the Quality Penguin!!
Tell us about the teacher that most made an impression on you as a student.
I would have to say it was my Latin teacher in high school. She took a pretty boring subject and made it fun.
Tell us a funny/interesting story that happened to you during your career as a teacher.
I have been teaching a long time so it is hard to think of just one. I had a student in first grade that was a bit clumsy and awkward and one day he was tipping his chair at the same time I was walking behind him and I tripped over his chair and landed on the floor. My principal insisted that I be taken away to the hospital in an ambulance. My students started giving this child a hard time for “hurting” Mrs. Beckner. Well, I only had a bad sprain. The interesting thing about this incident is that this child did a comedic act about this when he was in high school and it ended up on You Tube. It was great that he did this because he was always a quiet and timid student, so his parents were thrilled! So, who knew that an accident that took place so many years ago would help a student come out of his shell.
What advice would you give a new teacher? (Something that you wish you had known when you first started.)
I would tell a new teacher that he/she does not have to know everything and it is okay to let your students know when you make a mistake. I would also tell them to have fun in your teaching and make it fun for your students. Just show your students that you care about them and you have high expectations for them. Let them know that you believe in them. Encourage them to be Lifelong Learners.
What does your ideal classroom look like?
My ideal classroom would have no more than 20 students and I would have a full time assistant and ESOL teacher with me. We would have a nice big classroom for the children to have plenty of space to move in. We would have laptops for the students. We would have class pets for the students to take care of. We would have an extensive library with cool places for the kids to read. We would have whatever manipulatives we needed for math. We would have science equipment and costumes for Social Studies/History role-play. We would enjoy learning with music and art that taught our students. And my ideal classroom would have involved parents that could come in and work with our students daily.
In Pam’s classroom learning is all about having fun!!! 😀
What drove you into becoming a Teacher-Author at TeachersPayTeachers?
My son-in-law showed me the site and told me that I had great teaching ideas and I should sell them on this site. My daughter and I had started working on songs to go with my social studies curriculum and our standards of learning and we decided to put them in our TPT store and call it SOL Train Learning. Then my teacher friends encouraged us to create products to go with the songs so that is what we did.
From all the products in your store, which one is your favorite and why?
I would have to say our Back to School with Quentin ELA Bundle because it was based on my classroom mascot, Quentin the Quality Penguin. The bundle has products that emphasize being a “quality”student. It includes a read aloud book that deals with quality characteristics and how these help a scared penguin deal with his first day of school. It also includes a MP3 song that goes with the book. I always spend a lot of time discussing these characteristics so my students know how to behave.
Click the thumbnails below for more details!
Anything else about yourself that you would like us to know?
We really hope that our products and songs can make teaching easier and more fun. We would appreciate any comments on what you would like us to write songs about.
Thank you for taking time out of your busy life to read about SOL Train Learning.
As a special treat for our readers, Pam and Brittany kindly shared a link to one of their TpT freebies. Make sure you drop by their store and grab the freebie HERE
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