Do you ever feel like you’re not using a tool to its full capacity? Maybe you have an electronic device—like a smart phone, food processor, or cordless drill—and you know there’s so much you can do with it . . . if you only knew how.
I experienced a similar feeling with a new tool recently. A few weeks ago, I was excited to use my new cordless drill that I had received for Christmas. I charged it up and set to work screwing in some slats on a bunk bed for my son. To my dismay, the screws would go into the wood about halfway down, and then the drill would start making a clicking noise and refuse to screw them in any farther. After a few tries, I gave up and figured that I would just have to return my drill and look for another one to replace it.
The next day at church I asked a carpenter friend of mine if he could think of what might be wrong with my drill. After a few questions, he said, “You know about the clutch, right?” Slightly embarrassed at my lack of expertise, I asked him what that did. “It controls how much force is applied to turning the drill bit.” My drill suddenly became much more useful once I knew about the additional settings to help me do my work more effectively.
Just like my carpenter friend helped me with my cordless drill, I’d like to unlock some tools for you that can enhance your use of BJU Press products. These features are available on the BJU Press website. Maybe you already use them, but if not, please read on to learn more about where to find these resources and how you can best use them.
Where can I find textbook resources?
- Go to bjupress.com/resources.
- Go to bjupress.com.
- Select More at the top of the page.
- Select Textbook Resources under the Resources section.
Once you’re on the Textbook Resources page, you can view resources by selecting the grade or subject you teach and then selecting the textbook.
What resources are available?
Most textbook resource pages have links to the following items:
- Information and Pricing
- Lesson Plan Overview
- General Teaching Resources
- Corrections (if applicable)
You may find two of these links especially helpful. The Lesson Plan Overview allows you to efficiently plan your teaching schedule. This document can be downloaded for easy reference.
Another great treasure trove of resources are the Weblinks. (Not all textbook resources include weblinks.) Many of the textbooks have multiple links related to topics covered in the course. For example, the Explorations in Literature resource page has links to a biography of Anne Sullivan, detailed information about the Wright brothers’ first flight, and many other links that expand on the themes and characters from the literature selections. Also, many of the weblinks for the Science textbooks expand on scientific concepts (like weather) or discuss those concepts from a historical perspective. If you are looking for more materials for your students to read or research, or just want to find a way to connect something they are learning about to real life, the Weblinks pages are a great place to look.
What other BJU Press resources have you found helpful in your teaching?
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Andrew enjoys using technology to glorify God by helping others so that they can spend time doing what’s most important. He leads the interactive marketing team here at BJU Press and is always looking for new ways to improve user experience on our websites. He and his wife help out with the children’s ministries at their church. Along with their energetic two-year-old boy, they like to read together about others’ adventures and then go out and have their own.