Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Teacher Resources

I am very proud of my children.

My son works for a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators of our nation's 50 states, as a representative in the field of education, and his wife, my daughter-in-law, is a kindergarten teacher, and now my daughter, who has been in a high powered business job for five years, has almost completed a Master Degree program in elementary education.
My daughter had her first official day of class room observation in an NYC public school yesterday. She was very touched because a little girl in the class made a card for her which said: "I like you! Please come back soon." That made my daughter's resolve to teach someday all the stronger

Teaching is a noble profession that requires much stamina, dedication and creativity.
Luckily, for today's teachers, the Internet has a wealth of information available to help them plan and enhance their lessons, to do arts and crafts to decorate their classrooms, and suggest many topics for their students to explore.

I've been collecting teacher resource web sites for a long time to share with my daughter-in-law and my daughter, and I'd love to share them with you.

I also have a request that if you have any in your favorite files that I don't mention, please put a link in your comments, and I'll edit my post to add it.

Thanks so much!

Education World -- lesson planning, professional development, technology integration, school issues, the administrator's desk.
The Educator's Reference Desk -- resource guides, lesson plans, question archives, search GEM and ERIC
I Love That Teaching Idea -- We inspire teachers with practical, teacher-created ideas and resources that you can use in your classroom immediately.
Teachnet.com -- lesson plans, power tools, sharing, help
Teachers Net -- teaching ideas and lesson plans
Federal Resources For Educational Excellence -- teaching and learning resources from Federal Agencies
Teacher Vision -- dedicated to helping teachers save time. Find 15,000 pages of classroom-ready lesson plans, printables, and resources. Some are free, some require a subscription
The Teacher's Corner -- lesson plans, thematic units, seasonal items, printable worksheets, message boards, bulletin boards, book nook, etc.
Teacher Tube -- an online community for sharing instructional videos.
Embracing the Child -- literature for learning and shared reading
DLTK's Printable Crafts for Kids -- a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, coloring pages and more including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of our children's favorite cartoon characters
New York Times Learning Network -- grades 3 -12 connections for parents student and teachers
Scholastic -- teacher resources, student activities, books and authors
Homework NYC -- New York City Library resources for students and teachers
National Geographic Educator's Site -- geography resources for educators
Atlapedia Online -- full-color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world
The History Place -- dedicated to students, educators, and all who enjoy history
A to Z Teacher Stuff -- teacher resources, lesson plans, themes, tips, printable, and more
The Teacher's Room -- sharing teaching ideas with other kindergarten teachers online
Exploratorium -- the museum of science, art and human perception
Crayola -- free coloring pages, crafts, creative resources for teachers
Kids Printables -- kids crafts, song lyrics, jokes and recipes
Sites for Teachers -- hundreds of educational websites rated by popularity
Time for Kids -Teachers -- worksheets,mini-lessons, graphic organizers
PBS Teachers -- PBS's national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources

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Teacher's Net Gazette -- features education news, commentary, teaching tips, lessons, pedagogy, classroom crafts, recipes, inspiration, humor, and free printables for the classroom
Administrator's Net -- topics for school administrators
Project Impact -- K to 12 resources for teachers -- many helpful web site links
Children's Books -- This site is a resource for parents, teachers, librarians, collectors, writers, illustrators, and others who value children and children's books
Teacher Wide -- hundreds of low cost books for children listed by grade level and special interests,some as low as one dollar, bargain bundles, and teacher resource books, classroom supplies
Jan Brett -- projects to extend Jan Brett books to Reading/Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Music/Art/Drama. The web projects are ongoing adventures. The goal is to provide educational information that can enhance and enrich any elementary school curriculum
Children's Book Council --a nonprofit trade association and our members are publishers of trade books for children and young adults in the United States
Education Oasis --a not-for-profit, non-commercial siteof free teaching resources created by teachers, for teachers.


Tara said...

PAt This is a great resource! I do admin work now so i hope you would not mind if I use a few of these sites! You did alot of work here--I know I appreciate it!

Pat said...

Tara, I'm glad some of these web sites will be helpful to you!

Kathleen said...

Pat, I can detect your pride in when you write about your children and their interest in working within the honorable field of Education!

Thank you for listing Teachers.Net among your resources. Teachers.Net offers more than 4,000 Lesson plans in a searchable collection, more than 125 peer support boards for every grade level and curriculum area imaginable, and a corresponding line-up of email discussion groups.

We have a stand alone web magazine we hope you'll list separately, the Teachers.Net Gazette http://teachers.net/gazette and an affiliate for School Administrators: Administrators.Net http://administrators.net.
The Teachers.Net Gazette features columns written by internationally known experts alongside articles by the other experts, the teachers and school administrators who are "in the trenches" every day.

Beginning in March '08 we're adding weekly chat meeting for School Administrators to our schedule of daily chat meetings for educators.

Thank you for your contributions to the Education profession! Please thank your children for the good work they do.

Kathleen Carpenter

Junie Moon said...

How wonderful, you do indeed have good reason to feel proud!

Here’s a site written by the University of Kentucky (based on a U.S. Dept. of Education PT3 grant) which provides numerous links to resources for teachers: http://web.utk.edu/~impact/teacherresources.html

Pat said...

Thanks, Kathleen and June! I added the links you provided.

lisa said...

student teaching is such a wonderful experience so far, i look forward to becoming a teacher in the upcoming school year (let's just hope i get hired!).

the little girl who gave me the letter is so sweet, as are the rest of the 5th graders i am helping. many of them are new to this country and many come from very poor households, but you can see that they love to be in school, even though it may be more difficult for them because of their backgrounds. my cooperating teacher told me that the kids were all asking where i was the next day, because they wanted me back in the classroom. how wonderful to be admired by children!

my most inspirational experience in student teaching so far was when i read "Roses are Pink, You're Feet Stink" to them during carpet time. as i was reading the book, i looked at the children and saw 31 sets of eyes staring up at me, engrossed in every word was reading. to have children paying such close attention to me and being excited to learn was such a wonderful experience.

i can't wait to be a teacher!