I have taught in Nashville public schools since 2003, both in middle school and in an elementary Montessori school. I am now an RTI interventionist and technology coach.
Student Teacher of the Year 2001 - Belmont University
Bachelor's of Music - Belmont University - 1996 Master's in Education - Belmont University - 2001
I have created several PowerPoints to go along with an idea I have that I call "Teaching With Powerpoint." The vision behind “Teaching With Powerpoint” is to use PowerPoints not just as a presentation tool, but to actually teach content. I have been a classroom teacher for over 11 years, and I think I’ve found some pretty clear, concise ways to communicate some tricky concepts such as telling time, money, and many others. I use my method of teaching and create PowerPoints that walk through it step-by-step. My hope in doing this is to give new teachers some additional tools that you can use to effectively communicate concepts to your students, possibly even helping you pick up a few tricks along the way that you hadn’t considered. I also hope that seasoned teachers will find these useful, since it’s something you can easily put up on the screen and walk your students through. In most cases, you probably aren’t necessarily seeing anything you’ve never seen, but I’m taking the time to create these so that you don’t have to. The way these PowerPoints are designed to be used is to put them up on a screen (hit F5 to start), then continuously click a wireless pointer or wireless mouse as you talk through them with your students. I intentionally design my PowerPoints on a simple white background both to decrease distractions and to give you the ability to move slides back and forth between PowerPoints more easily if you want to do that. If you want a spiffy design, you can just click the “design” tab and click one that suits you. I find that the white background creates a little more of a “white board” feeling which keeps things simple. That’s how I like it, but you’re welcome to make changes once you have it. I hope you’ll find these useful to your teaching. If you see anything you think should be changed, or if you have ideas for other PowerPoints that I haven’t designed yet, please let me know. I am continuously in the process of making new ones. The more you buy, the more I will be motivated to design, so thanks for all your support! -Ben Travis
English Language Arts, Reading, Specialty, Math, Basic Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Numbers, Science, Biology, Other (Science), Social Studies - History, U.S. History, Arts & Music, Music, Vocal Music, Other (Music), Other (Specialty), Character Education, Instructional Technology, General Science, Writing, Reading Strategies, Mental Math, Place Value