SOURCE: A Teaching Tree

September 30, 2008 10:02 ET

A Teaching Tree: Change the Way We Reach Them -- Enhance the Way We Teach Them

Two Local Women Set Out to Create Products to Help Ease the Burden on Overworked Teachers and Ended up With a New Way to Connect With the Students

NEW BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire - September 30, 2008) - Not many people realize that today's teachers are mandated to dress their classroom bulletin boards with something that does more that show off their students' work. Classroom bulletin boards must further a lesson. In addition, teachers provide the content themselves and more often than not they go into their own pockets to do it.

These days teachers must be ready to respond to changing demands of national standardized testing. Linda Nosul is a fourth grade teacher. She knows that today a teacher must be prepared, flexible and always have a plan B ready.

When she set out to devise a better bulletin board design, she was joined by longtime friend, Cathy Travers. Together they formed A Teaching Tree and began developing simple, effective lesson enhancers.

Their interactive bulletin boards present visual and tactile lessons that engage the students while furthering perception of a vital premise. The lessons can be thought provoking, as with the Pick a President board, or fun, as with the character-driven Math Facts boards. The model's innocuous presentation is deceiving. Students are immediately interested and forget they are learning.

Beyond this, the bulletin boards come as complete kits containing everything the teacher needs for their assembly. Background paper, push pins, lessons -- it's all in one bag. No more shopping at different stores for supplies and then making up a lesson plan. It's already done -- right down to the final assessment sheets.

The new line is small but hugely effective. The method capitalizes on the student's inherent interest, allowing the objectives to be absorbed virtually unnoticed.

Expecting to launch its next line in December, the company has several new concepts on the drawing board for 2009. The expanding line will include time saving and work enhancing helpers, such as timers and aprons, but focus will continue to be the development of new boards.

A Teaching Tree runs out of a warehouse in a converted garment mill at 419 Sawyer Street in the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Commerce is carried out over the internet through their website at www.ateachingtree.com but they can be reached by phone at (508) 717-3247 or through email at contact@ateachingtree.com.

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