The Importance of Writing Skills: Online Tools to... →
Introducing Online Writing Tools There are several different ways to help develop students’ writing skills, but implementing online tools is one of the best choices. This is due to many students’ inherent interest in all things technological – a lot of students have a fascination with any new tool that can simplify a basic task (like writing). If you’re interested in using online tools to help...
Look at My Happy Rainbow is one of my favorite... →
The blogger is a male kindergarten teacher. He talks not only about what is working in his classroom, but shares moments from his classroom that I can relate to, and remind me why I teach.
Bright Hub: 2nd Grade Book Reports →
We do what we have to do in order to do what we want to do.– The Great Debaters (2007) From time to time, I use this on kids as a motivator. (via girlwithalessonplan)
Bright Hub: Recommended Reading for 8th Grade →
Any other books you’d add?
Suite101: Montessori Preschool Guide to Cutting →
Montessori curriculum follows a specific order when presenting activities. The Montessori preschool guide to cutting includes activities in both practical life and art, to help the child develop the required dexterity for proper manipulation of scissors.
Idaho Statesman: Idaho lawmakers to decide on... →
BOISE, Idaho — State lawmakers will have final say in whether Idaho scraps a requirement that high school students pass standardized tests in science before they graduate. A plan to dump the requirement is set to go before the 2011 Idaho Legislature, which convenes in January. Public schools chief Tom Luna says science classes vary from district to district and students are only tested...
Bright Hub: 1st Grade Writing (entire post) →
Getting first graders to start to write about their favorite topics is usually an easy task for the teacher. Guide them to think about their favorite things, people, or hobbies, and work on that interest to build up their motivation to write about it. However, what’s more challenging is how to teach revising, editing, writing first grade outputs. Here are activities you can do with...
Free Tech 4 Teachers: 7 ways to build your own... →
Ed Wize: Charter Schools and Student Attrition:... →
WBEZ Public Radio and Catalyst Chicago magazine just co-released two excellent stories about the disturbingly high rates of student attrition and pushouts in Chicago charter schools. The research for the stories was funded through the non-profit Hechinger Institute, which sponsors investigative journalism on education issues and is directed by a former fellow at the pro-charter Hoover...
Academia.edu Launches A Directory Of 12,500... →
infoneer-pulse: Now, journal articles aren’t exactly hard to come by on the web. You can always search Google Scholar for whatever you’re looking for, some universities offer their own search tools, and there are plenty of topic-specific sites that can help you find relevant material. The problem, according to Academia.edu founder Richard Price, is that this content and the communities around...
Three Ways to Cut, Mix, & Mash YouTube Videos →
Grammar Practice Sheets | Department of English →
elsi: Simple, straightforward grammar lessons and practice from Arizona State University. PDF worksheets cover common grammar and punctuation mistakes, including affect/effect, apostrophes, and verb…
The Best Quotes About Education →
thingsforteachers: I think reading these kinds of quotes is pretty inspiring if the school year is starting to drag you down. You can submit your favorites as well.
I love my job. I love teaching. I love my...
That is all I wanted to say today.
Creating and Using Collaborative Writing Groups... →
Novice Teacher: Cool! Printable and downloadable... →
novicephoenix: I’ve always wanted to share some of my files and resources with people on Tumblr. I feel that it’s a more visual way and practical way to share information, and I figured out how to! All I did was a create a website (for free) that allowed me to upload one a document that I adopted from my super,…
The Best Applications for Creating Free Email... →
thingsforteachers: Brought to you by Larry Ferlazzo. This may be especially useful for teachers that send newsletters home to parents frequently.
The Myth Of Charter Schools →
34years: Good review of Diane Ravitch’s book, The Myth of Charter Schools. All educators should read this review, and the book. Dr. Ravitch was a proponent of No Child Left Behind when she worked for the government. Now she has become an outspoken opponent of both No Child Left Behind and Race To The Top, as well as the recent spate of teacher-bashing that has been taking place.
Suite 101: Figurative Language in Maniac Magee:... →
Maniac Magee is one of my favorite children’s novels. I have not had the opportunity to teach it, as I generally work with students too young for the book. However, I did read it and write a paper on it for my undergrad Children’s Lit course. Then, for my masters, I built a reading unit around it (I was partnered with someone in the intermediate grades, and I agreed to do a book in...
Suite101: How to Co-Teach in an Inclusion... →
I do not think that teacher-education programs have your practice co-teaching and working with an aide enough. I know I had a hard time finding balance at first, and was always worried about stepping on someone’s toes. When I had an aide, I really had a difficult time delegating anything to her, so I pretty much did everything myself (well, it also didn’t help that my aide...
Vocaroo - free way to make voice recordings. →
omeone asked me yesterday if I knew of a simple voice recording service to replace the one that Drop.io offered before announcing their shut down. Vocaroo could be a good replacement for the Drop.io voice recording service. Vocaroo is a free service that allows users to create audio recordings without the need to install any software. You don’t even have to create an account to use...
Thanksgiving Lesson Ideas →
100 Terrific Sites to Find Primary Source History... →
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics:... →
Includes over 100 online math activities, lesson plans, math standards, and links to other online resources for math. Definitely a great resource for any math teacher!
Figure This! →
This website was created by the National Council of Math Teachers (NCTM). Challenges are given in the form of word problems, often real life examples.
Count Us In →
Games to review basic number concepts.
Create a Graph →
With this site you can create bar, line, area, pie, and xy graphs. I used this when I taught K-1 on my smart board to make bar graphs as a class on things like favorite colors, favorite holidays, what color shirt students were wearing, etc. I also had it book marked as one of the activities that students could do in the computer center.
Amble Web Function Machine →
I know that Everyday Math has students learn about rules in math by using a function machine. Students are given a number, the end number, and have to figure out the rule is. Sometimes they are given the number, and the rule, and they have to find the end number, etc. This would be a fun game to use to have students practice that and then check their answers.
Instructify: Animated Maps to make Geography jump... →
Math is Fun! →
This site covers everything from adding and subtracting to exponents. It gives a full explanation of how different operations work, as well as some visuals to help students. The game section is mostly puzzles and mazes, but also has connect four and chess.
NPR: A No To New Tax Is A No To Kids →
Most of the focus of the 2010 midterm election has been on the change in party control of the U.S. House and the drubbing that Republicans unleashed on Democrats. But something else occurred as well. All across America, in communities big and small, rich and poor, school districts had to beg and plead with the residents of their communities to pass levies so their schools could keep...
Scholastic: Math Hunt →
Parent Teacher Conferences
Due to the type of my position, I do not have parent / teacher conferences. I don’t see my students daily, and some of them I only see once a week. If it were up to me, I’d have parent teacher conferences, but this is the set up my school has. The students that struggle the most are on a support plan, and we meet regularly with the parents before school though, so I do get a chance...
Free Technology for Teachers: Using Schooltube to... →
Curvasive Writing Worksheets →
englishteacheronline: There is also an area where you can customise your own worksheets.
Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010 →
Road to Grammar →
Road to Grammar is a free resource featuring quizzes, games, and lessons for English language learners. Thanks to Free Technology for Teachers for the link!
Personally, I don’t think teachers are resistant to change because we are...– Change, from It’s not All Flowers and Sausages
So You Want to Teach: 15 Tricks To Transform... →
How do I manage my classroom without humiliating the students? So how then do I do it? For me, it’s a combination of a number of factors: Stay personally engaged in the class the entire time (be on top of your game) Nurture a culture of encouragement Compliment, compliment, compliment Be prepared (students, especially middle school students, smell fear) Have a backup plan Have a backup...
Scholastic Study Jams →
thingsforteachers: Check out this blog post explaining the math & science resource.
Suite: 101 The Book Series to Get Kids Reading →
This is a very short list. What series would you add?
Disunion: Blogging the Civil War →
One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, Americans went to war with themselves. Disunion revisits and reconsiders America’s most perilous period — using contemporary accounts, diaries, images and historical assessments to follow the Civil War as it unfolded.
Celebrating Cultural Diversity Through Children's... →
Welcome to the wonderfully diverse world of children’s multicultural literature, “literature that represents any distinct cultural group through accurate portrayal and rich detail” (Yokota, 1993, p. 157). Such literature appears in different genre which together present a multitude of perspectives about the lives, culture, and contributions of each cultural group to American...
Bright Hub: Vocabulary games for 4th grade →
Create your own Custom Graphic Organizers here →