For Teacher Appreciation Week 2019, the APS Education department is proud to present one of their most popular programs: StampsTeach.
StampsTeach is a free program that provides K – 12 educators with ready-made learning activities and philatelic materials to use in their classrooms. This includes lesson plans and activities geared for each grade level, with a variety of content areas – including science, math, language arts, health, history, fine arts, and more. In addition, educators can sign up to receive postally used stamps to offer a “Postage Stamp Token Economy” in their classroom. Token economies are systems that use positive reinforcement to encourage good behavior and academic achievement.
Some teachers shared their experiences of using StampsTeach materials in their classrooms:
"During the Constellation lesson my students were able to write their own stories and create their own constellations. They loved looking through the stamps!"
"My students were fully engaged and even excited to learn about the first presidents. They were very thrilled to find that the denominations on the stamps matched the order of the presidents."
"Two of my students who normally “tune out”, were the first to complete the assignment and proudly showed their work to the rest of the class."
"About a week after I taught the lesson on symmetry, one child encountered a related question on a practice test and said, 'I know that from stamp class!' "
"The activity complimented our math lessons and allowed the students to practice their math facts while engaged in a fun game."
"Students wanted to take the stamps home with them. They had to be problem solvers and independent thinkers to find what they needed and were cooperative and helpful to their peers."
Every type of educator (classroom, homeschool, club leaders, and more) is encouraged to use StampsTeach as part of their curriculum. Free downloadable teaching materials, including a themed reader, lesson plans, and learning activities (such as crossword puzzles, word searches, bingo cards, reader’s theatres and more) can be found here. Enroll in the StampsTeach program to receive philatelic materials to use as instructional tools.
We believe that StampsTeach is one of the most important programs at the APS. We’re proud to be able to give educators easily-accessible teaching materials, offer new and interesting learning experiences to kids, and promote an interest in philately.