M. Krumrine: "I decided to try TeachingMadeEasier because I wanted to be a mom and a wife when I was at home and an excellent teacher at school. I felt like I spent hours preparing for classes, and I did this at home - at my children's and husband's expense. Now, I can use my planning time in school to grade papers and use TeachingMadeEasier to create fun and creative activities in just moments! I am excited to be able to be a great mom, wife and a great teacher - all year round! I've learned to think outside the box - the ideas are applicable for so many different activities - not just as they may be labeled! Thank you very much for helping make teaching life easier!"
D. Davis: "Love it!!!!! It has made my job sooooo much easier and enjoyable. I can create differentiated assignments with the click of my mouse. I am working on getting the other teachers to purchase, working on the administration next. I think if I can get the teachers interested as a group, we can approach the administration. So glad I took the time to drop by your booth and that you were approachable. Probably one of the most valuable tools I have purchased."
T. Simmons: "All I can say is Wow and double WOW! TeachingMadeEasier really does make teaching easier. All of those assigned tasks that I want my students to do as classroom teacher are reduced to a simple click here and click there. I am very fond of the word cards and word wall cards. They really add a dynamic to my lessons. The students are able to have quick, hands-on manipulatives with which to increase their learning and understanding of a topic. I really appreciate your demonstration that you did at the MICCA Conference in Baltimore earlier this year! You have really made my teaching easier! Thanks again. I will definitely spread the word about this Web site."
Bev: "YOU made me "Teacher of the Year" today. You wowed them until they were speechless. Halfway through the presentation, I looked around and some were staring at the screen with their mouths wide open. One sitting next to me said, "This is like a spiritual experience." After your presentation, we had to go back to the staff meeting, but, as soon as it was over, I saw several rushing to their rooms to set up their accounts. I can't thank you enough; you did a fabulous job and made me look so good. I will stay in touch and let you know what is happening. Thank you once again."
K. Gundrum: "It has saved me tons of time. We recently had to come up with remediation
and enrichment lessons to meet the needs of students once the Indiana ISTEP plus test results were returned. This was a great help in preparing lesson plans that weren't the traditional pencil and paper sort of activities. The kids enjoyed the lessons that were made with a more hands-on approach!! Thank you very much for introducing this site to me in Indy at a Bob Johnson
workshop. Both this site and his ideas for differentiated learning have helped me greatly!!"
M. Davison: "I have been using the program several times a week. I am very pleased with the speed and ease of use. The forms I most often make are Bingo (25 word), ABC order, and word search. It has been very helpful to students to get the extra sight/spelling word practice. I have made some easier activities for my lowest groups. I also showed the program to our special ed teacher."
D. Tewey: "I have been using TeachingMadeEasier ever since our 2nd grade teacher members presented the Web site at our faculty meeting. I am an ESOL teacher and have been using the site to supplement my materials. For instance, I am helping the Pre-K ESOL students with their sight words, which they are having difficulty with. I love to play games with this group, so I made word cubes and we roll the cube and everyone gets a chance to play. Even the non-ESOL kids want to join in the fun. This has really worked and the kids love it. I have also used the word search template for a 3rd grade ESOL student to reinforce spelling words, which I have modified from his regular classroom curriculum. He loves them.
I still need time to "play around" with the site to find all the other goodies."
C. Evershed: "I am pleased so far with the site. I am teaching summer school and plan on using the site to support the curriculum there also. A huge bonus!!! :-) I shared the site with other staff members. I gave them my password to explore and get feedback. It was very positive. One of my fellow teachers has spoken to our principal already about it. He said it would be fine to buy building wide. I enjoy doing business with you and will recommend your site to fellow district teachers outside our building."
N. Fish: "I am using TeachingMadeEasier. I have made several activities, and the kids have really enjoyed using them. I plan to look at it a lot more this summer when I have more time. I am so glad I saw this program at my workshop. Thanks again!!"
C. McGown: "I am very pleased with TeachingMadeEasier! I have used it for spelling and vocabulary words. I took samples around the work room to show fellow teachers! I have been telling everyone about it, including our Reading Coach and our site Tech Support person. I think this is a great site that all teachers will be able to benefit from. I am very happy with the program and am trying to spread the word! I'm glad that I ran into you at the CUE conference!"
S. Wilson: "I love it! I love it! I love it! It has been saving me so much time with spelling, helping me modify for my autistic students."
R. Fischer: "I am very excited about the work you have done to truly not only make things easier for teachers, but to give them great ideas that they may not have had time to gel in their busy brains."
J. Warren, Grade 4-6 Learning Center Director: "Thanks for passing along the sentence strip tip. TeachingMadeEasier did make my life easier just before the holidays when a frantic homeroom mom needed a last minute BINGO game for a class Christmas party. We entered a list of words and generated all the BINGO cards needed for the party just in time. What a lifesaver!"
Joyce A., MD, Grade 1: "My parent conference was in 30 minutes----I knew that in 5 minutes time and a simple click of the "mouse" I could have Bingo, Concentration, Go Fish, Old Maids, and flashcards to present to my parent for at-home help. I sat at my computer to do this task and for some unknown reason I could not log on TeachingMadeEasier. At first I panicked, then I simply e-mailed for help with my password and user name. I had an answer in seconds. But still no luck. I called TeachingMadeEasier for help. I had a response in minutes. I was given help as to what to do and, before my conference arrived, had all the activities I had planned on giving the parent. Teaching is made easier-since discovering you. Thanks so much."
A. White: "I use it all of the time. I think it's the greatest thing to help with the reading groups that we need to keep going every day in our classrooms."
C. Forstrom: "I'm enjoying my membership. It works great for individualizing. I teach pre-school as well as tutor. I have used your service a lot for tutoring as well as with my 4 daughters and their studies."
C. Shields: "I Love IT! It is such a help with my instruction. I had this put into the budget for a site license."
D. Watson: "The program has been great. I have received many thanks and compliments from teachers regarding your program. I’m so glad we invested in it."
S. Kessler: "I love this website. It has saved so much time in planning and preparing. I love that I can do the "same" activity at different levels. I have several special ed students in my room who have modified or different spelling lists or vocab. words. With TeachingMadeEasier, ALL students are doing the same activity but at THEIR own level! It is great and it really is EASIER! My favorite one is ABC order with write and rewrite. The activities provide a great reinforcement of what we are doing. I have used the activities as in class work as well as homework assignments. Thanks for making this available!"
Barnes Elementary Staff: "We are all using the templates with gusto! They are adding a new dimension to the work pages we design for the children. In addition, the website provides easy templates for creating games that provide fun practice of skills. The children are really enjoying this! It used to take hours to create these games, and so often we just didn't have the time."
H. Blanton: "Thanks! This is a great tool."
D. Glowaski: "Thank you very much. I love TeachingMadeEasier!!!"
J. Drake: "Love the site!"
H. Walter: "Love it!"
S. Phox: "I use this program in almost every lesson."
G. Ruggiero: "Made some great word boards and number boards!"
B. Manis "THANKS SO MUCH!!!!! You guys are awesome. Great customer service. I was and am very impressed by your diligence. Once again thanks. I can't wait to use the box font on my students tomorrow."
F. Canter: "I met Diann and had a wonderful time learning about this Web site. I have come home, logged on and been enjoying the ease of the site and how very quickly I can manage work for my students. Thank you very much for such a wonderful product!!!!!"
S. Pike: "Thank you for the wonderful program. The staff enjoyed the presentation and loved the program."
M. Coburn: "We all like it. I enjoyed doing the graphic organizers when I had time. Thanks again! "
L. Brooke-Heimer: "This is the principal of Whitney B. Rudolph Elementary. I am sending this 'Web site' to all the parents so they can do some of the activities that we are doing at school at home with their children, with all great children in mind!"
R. Roscoe: "I used this site for the first time to make an activity for some first graders. It was easy and saved me time in making the activity."
C. Meara: "I am trying to get our school to buy the program. I have really enjoyed using it. The older grades were really grooving on it."
R. Weisgerber, Principal: "Thank you very much. The teachers have been looking forward to using
W. Haskins: "We are starting to use TeachingMadeEasier.com, and the teachers are excited about the resource."
P. Key: "I love using TeachingMadeEasier. It definitely makes teaching easier."
G. Wolfe: "I met Diane at the Readers' Conference at Bloomsburg University! I immediately purchased this program and love it. I've already shared it with members of my ESL certification class! We all love it. Thanks so much!"
B. Camp: "I have been teaching Special Education for 20 years. I am currently involved in a FULL Inclusion program for grade 4/5 students. I would like to pursue a site license for our building. Two of our teachers already signed on yeaterday with a year subscription but as a member of our technology committee, I would like to bring this program to the attention of this committee today. Thank you! What an AWESOME program!"
B. & T. Lanes: "This is such a fun website for your kids! (Our two) adore this Web site! And so do we because it gives us games and fun ideas to do with our kids. And this would be fun for (your kids)."
L. Pitts: "I love your site. I forwarded your message to my assistant principal. Our school wide improvement plan focuses on differentiation this year. So I thought this site was relevant. I hope she checks it out."
J. Stamper: "I am so impressed with this site! There are so many possibilities. I have shared one of the writing page sheets (the pond) with a fellow teacher of science. I have made a BINGO game with terms that the students in my Civics classes need to know. When we play this game with me giving the definition and them having to find the word, they will be learning and not even know it. They will just think they are having fun. I am so happy I attended the workshop where I was introduced to this site. I hope to be able to use it more and more."
M. Dalman: "Things seem to be going well. I forward your messages to our staff. I hear many positives from them. Thanks for your frequent communication!"
K. Bodeen: "This is the greatest program ever! I love it! I had to drag myself to bed last night after playing so long. :) Thanks so much!"
L. Sandrell: "I love your website. Trying to convince my principal to purchase site license."
W. Downes: "Thanks so much for the follow through. It's great to know that someone out there really cares!"
S. Merkord: "Thank you so much. I appreciate your support."
K. Eason: "The teachers are really enjoying the Web site! Thank you. "
C. Russum: "I do like TeachingMadeEasier. It has saved me time. I use the flash cards, word search,
word scramble and games a lot. They are fun activities and help to reinforce the lesson."
M. Routten: "So far I have been pleased with TeachingMadeEasier. I have not had the opportunity to make something from every category but within the year I will."
A. Reigle: "I am very impressed with the program and am really enjoying using it."
C. McAuliffe: "This could help you out. There are some really neat things to do. I know you will enjoy this."
K. Rychcik: "I have only looked at the actual program for a few minutes, but found it very easy to create a "Go Fish" game with social studies terms for my 8th grade AIS students."
N. Constant: "I am using scrambled word, word search, abc order pages every week for Word Wall activities and I have shared info on the site with the other 16 first grade teachers in my building."
J. Powell: "I love TeachingMadeEasier! It is a very time efficient and beneficial web site to have access to. I have used it in many different ways from making multiplication timed tests to making the cubes to differentiate certain activities. I have also fallen in love with the graphic organizers available as well as the fun writing sheets. Keep up the great work."
K. Vogel: "I teach first grade and this vertical (math) format is just what I needed for review of facts!"
J. Nast: "I just had a training on it...teachers love it!!!!!! "
D. Cutting: "I use TME all the time. Thanks for such a wonderful product."
K. Orange: "We had a very positive response from our teachers this morning. I'm excited to see how they use it."
L. Anthony: "Thank you so much for all your wonderful activities! They really make my life easier! I'm very appreciative of your service."
J. Alongi: "I love this program!!! I am the music teacher here and I have used this often. Thank you!"
Jean: "I love TeachingMadeEasier. It has been helpful creating activities for practice work at home."
H. Trabb: "Love it. Use it every week for my spelling contracts and it has come in handy for tutoring. I am also looking forward to using it with the summer camp program I’m teaching in. Activities I use: word scramble, bingo, word search, morse code, box letters, missing letters"
A. Mahaffey: "Your website is great! It is very easy to use! I was so excited to try it for the first time. It has definitely saved me a lot of time in the first week I've been using it! Thanks for everything!"
K. Sclight: "I really love the TeachingMadeEasier site. I have used the cubes,
bingo cards, flash cards, and spelling abc order worksheets, etc. I am very happy with the site. Thanks for making my job a little easier."
E. Lucassen: "I love the site. It has really helped me with my reading instruction. I teach a low intensive reading class for 90 minutes each day. The flashcard, morse code, word scramble, and ABC order are their favorites. I have talked to my principal about a site license. I did a small workshop on this website about a month ago."
S. Lein: "We presented to the staff yesterday and everyone is excited about getting started."
J. Young: "Thought you might enjoy this site. I subscribed to it and LOVE
it! Wow! What a great service. I did not need 7 days to decide that this is what I needed. I have already printed out many things for my children. This is a great resource that will be much utilized and appreciated!"
J. Holen, Northern MN: "I cannot stop talking about this site to all the teachers I know. I would like to know more about the 15-minute presentation. Thanks!"
M. Ceballos: "This great web site is very helpful. Making flashcards is a snap. I am able to custom-make cards for students who have just a few to learn. I just signed up for it and love it. I find it is already worth the money. You might enjoy checking out all the great features they have. It is great!!"
M. Lester: "Our teachers love everything about the program."
M. Monson: "I have been teaching kindergarten for 13 years and love every minute of it, but I am always looking for new ideas to improve my teaching, and this sounded like a great web site to help me."
A. Escondo: "I would like to teach English as a second language to Spanish-speaking individuals. The demo in your site is so impressive that I would like to request a free trial."
J. Evans: "THANK YOU for all of your help and your incredibly prompt replies."
L. Youngker: "I am enjoying the site so far. It definitely does makes things much quicker
R. Eyler: "The teachers are certainly using the materials to enhance their teaching. I see signs of it when I go into the classrooms to evaluate. I have eager teachers and they love to be creative in using materials at hand. I feel sure that they will be planning and using TeachingMadeEasier to get themselves ready for next school year."
Keri: "Just wanted to let you know the training today was great! Everyone in the room, including me, was very impressed, and I heard quite a few talking about how they'd put TME to use very soon! I had no idea what all it could do, since I never really sat down and explored, but it's an incredible program!"
J. Neff: "THANKS for the Bingo tips. They sound great!"
H. Berkshire: "Thanks!! These (Bingo tips) will come in VERY handy."
R. Newell: "Thanks for all your wonderful tips on making learning easier, they really have helped!!!!!"
A. Canaday: "I wanted to let you know that me and my fellow colleagues have enjoyed using the material from TeachingMadeEasier. It has really helped in allowing me to give more resources to my students and for their parents to use with them! Thank you very much for your help."
R. Zimmerman, W. Seneca, NY: "Thank you so much for the wonderful video presentation, especially for your quick & helpful responses to accommodate us on such short notice. It's amazing what can be done through technology these days. The teachers were very excited to try out the program and so far all I have received was positive feedback. And, you should know, the feedback was from a wide variety of educators in our school: Music Teachers, the Art Teacher, the Reading Teachers (of course), the Speech teacher, Librarian, etc., as well as the regular ed. teachers and our principal. You truly have developed a program that makes teaching easier."
N. Ruiz: "My teachers are really excited about this program - even teachers that I have never seen motivated are now motivated and using your program. Thanks for your continued interest."
S. Winans, VA: "Hello and thank you. This is the most awesome web site!!! I am having a blast!"
C. Herbin, Chesterfield, VA:
"During new teacher training, when I first transferred to CCPS, the instructors were giving rave reviews about TeachingMadeEasier."
M. Felker, Preston, CT:
"There has been positive feedback from the teachers at my school about your website. I love it! Thanks!"
K. Gerber, Erie, PA:
"I was so impressed that I've already subscribed for a year. I wasted no time in making a few activities for the first day of school, too."
K. Wright: "I did give a presentation to the teachers in my school using Diann's password (it shows so much more than the demo). I have some teachers that are very interested and one for sure wants to buy in. I am still amazed at how quick everything comes up, and the saved list option is a real time-saver."
B. Jones, Houston, TX: "Thank you for the demo…the teachers were excited about the possibilities they saw. In a bilingual school, giving teachers equal access in Spanish is a dream come true! Again, thanks for your time and support -- AND for all of the helpful hints you've given me. I'm getting ready for a faculty bingo game to go with our first faculty meeting of the year -- the TGIFaculty Meeting."
A. Peterson, Decatur, GA: "My son's teacher recommended it as a homework support tool."
S. Sulivan, Sarasota, FL: "I am so relieved... TeachingMadeEasier has lessened my workload tremendously! THANK YOU SO MUCH!"
N. Frey, PA:
"I need a computer program to teach my grandchildren their spelling words. Something where I can enter their words each week and they can practice them -- to learn how to spell them."
L. Stader: "Teachers are using the site. I have heard good comments…I have been getting with each grade level to give them the opportunity to use, share ideas and experiment with the site. Everyone likes the idea that they can use TeachingMadeEasier from home."
D. Miller: "I have recently graduated but, while I was a student teacher, I wanted to impress my master teacher. TeachingMadeEasier definitely helped me do that. In fact, I impressed her so much with the materials I was creating, she asked me how I was making such things and ended up purchasing a membership for herself."
R. Smith: "As a parent of 3, I am very busy. Until now, I was constantly looking for new ways to challenge my children. Discovering TeachingMadeEasier has been absolutely wonderful for us. I now print out activities for my kids to do in the car and do on the weekends. I mostly use their weekly spelling words to create the activities. This reinforces their learning as well as my confidence that they are getting enough repetition of using these words."
L. Mayo: "TeachingMadeEasier has given me SO MUCH MORE FREE TIME to focus on each of my student's academic needs! I DON'T know how I survived without it!"
"Being my first year in the profession, I felt overwhelmed. TeachingMadeEasier has GREATLY reduced my stress level by creating fun and educational activities for my students. Thank you so much!"
M. Martinez: "I live in a very transient area and receive students of ALL academic levels! Having TeachingMadeEasier as a consistent resource has made it tremendously easy to challenge EVERY student!"
E. Gant: "Being a substitute teacher, I find it a bit difficult to keep everyone's attention. I've discovered that if I go into the classroom with my own fun yet educational activities, keeping students attentive is MUCH easier. TeachingMadeEasier provides me with so many activities that I use."
M. Young: "I was a bit skeptical about homeschooling (whether or not I would provide the right-leveled work for my child). Once I got a hold of TeachingMadeEasier, my worries were OVER! I now have challenging activities for my son as he continually progresses! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!"
G. Kite: "TME is a MUST-HAVE teaching tool for reading! It creates such a variety of activities, which has peaked the interest of every single one of my reading groups!"
Hot websites Teaching Pre K - 8; Norwalk; Nov/Dec 2002; Linda Lindroth
Abstract: Lindroth describes several Web sites that focus on standards and achievement and that can assist teachers in deciphering the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The Web site edstandards.org/standards.html categorizes links to state and national standards by subject area and by state. The Web site www.archive.org is a comprehensive database of research and information on academic standards.
Teaching Is Easy www.teachingiseasy.com (a.k.a. www.TeachingMadeEasier.com) - "Here's an online tool that seems to do it all when it comes to saving valuable teacher preparation time. It allows you to take control of the content in your teaching materials and create engaging manipulatives to use in centers or as take-home materials. Once you log into the database, the possibilities are endless. You can create activities using letters, numbers, pictures, words or activity masters. You have the option of entering your own words or using the database of the more than 130,000 words organized into different content categories. You can even select words in eight different languages or select from more than 1,400 pictures and create ESL picture cards for current vocabulary. Activities include bingo, dictionary and flash cards, books, ABC order, concentration boards, cubes, puzzle cards, pocket chart cards and game boards. Print out your creations or save the list to add to or print out later. This great tool for individualized instruction is wonderfully priced at only $29.95 a year."
Linda Lindroth is a K-5 Technology Teacher, a Teaching Editor and Website Coordinator for Teaching K-8. E-mail: Linda@TeachingK-8.com