Resources for Teachers and Students


EDUCATION RESOURCES-TEACHERS & PARENTS

Rethinking Schools Online

Rethinking Schools is an activist education publication, with articles written by and for teachers, parents and students. It addresses classroom practices, educational theory, and key policy issues such as vouchers and marketplace-oriented reforms, funding equity, and school-to-work programs. Includes a set of links to outside resources on school reform and social action.


Family Education Network

Family Education Network contains information and resources that help make stronger connections between parents and their children's schools. This site has tons of articles about what's going on in the schools in your community. If you click on "Go Local," you will find an extensive listing of resources by state and school district.


Merriam-Webster Inc.

Merriam-Webster's site includes a Word of the Day for Kids, puzzles and games, and other language resources.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Education. The NCES gathers and analyzes data on the state of pre-K through post grad education in America and disseminates its findings through annual publications, both on the Internet and in hard copy. A list of the most important recent publications is available on the main page. A more comprehensive listing is available by clicking on Publications in the left-hand navigational bar on the main page. The site also offers a News Flash email notification service that informs you of new publications available on specified topics.


Teaching Ideas for Primary Teachers

Teaching Ideas for Primary Teachers, provided by UK teacher Mark Warner, is brimming with tons of great ideas to use in primary/elementary classrooms. Also included is an area called Time Fillers, which includes short interdisciplinary activities to use in those moments in between or at the end of a period.


National Teachers Hall of Fame

Each year the National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF) inducts five teachers from around the United States. The teachers must meet a long list of criteria to be eligible for this honor, and only the most outstanding are chosen for their contributions to their schools and communities. This Web site showcases those remarkable teachers.


PRESCHOOL TEACHER

PRESCHOOL TEACHER is a web site that early-childhood educators will cherish. The site includes a month-by-month curriculum guide, an activity section, a set of message boards, and lots more. Veteran teacher Stormie Seevers has taken the best parts of her many years of experience and put it on the Internet to share with all of us. The site also includes a "Lounge" where teachers can read what other teachers have posted and perhaps leave somthing themselves.


School Choices

School reform is a hot topic. Most people agree that we need to make changes to improve the quality of America's schools, but few can agree on just how to go about it. The School Choice site puts forth a strong argument in favor of a free-market school system as opposed to our current government run school system. Here you will find articles, book reviews, and other information that examine the pros and cons of this controversial reform method.


The Center for Critical Thinking (/cthink)

/cthink is dedicated to the art of teaching critical-thinking skills in the classroom, offering articles, and providing other resources.The /cthink Web site is a great place for ideas about how to encourage the development of critical-thinking skills in students. The site includes K to 12- and university-level sections, each with its own set of resources and library of articles. Teachers will find this site a great resource!

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Afterschool.gov

Afterschool.gov is a definitive resource on starting, upgrading, and funding after-school programs in the United States. It is a site well worth the time it takes to look it over. One of the most important resources featured is a searchable database of federal funding sources for after-school programs. Don't stop there, though; this site has plenty more!


You Can Handle Them All

Parents and teachers know about kids who misbehave. It is a fine art learning how to deal with these behaviors in positive ways. Often, adults react to the misbehavior, when what they really need to do is respond to the child at a deeper level to correct the cause of the behavior in the first place. You Can Handle Them All is an outstanding place for parents and educators to come to gain insight into what can motivate kids to act out.


Early Childhood Research and Practice

Early Childhood Research & Practice (ECRP) is a biannual electronic journal sponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education (ERIC/EECE) and covers topics related to the development, care, and education of children from birth to approximately age 8.


Kidsource Online

Kidsource Online is an excellent resource for news and information on children's health, education, and safety. Included are articles, newsletters, forums, book and software reviews, and more.


Gradeworks.com

Teachers looking for a better way to keep parents informed and involved in what is going on in the classroom now have a new option -- Gradeworks.com. No technical expertise is required. Teachers can easily post grades, announcements, homework assignments, project descriptions, and any other relevant information. Parents can access information from home or office computers. They can request conferences, sign up for a class mailing list, and peruse their children's progress reports. Students can enter the secure site, using their personal logins, at any time. This easy-to-use set of tools is a boon for parents, teachers, and students who want to improve communication. Best of all, it's free!


Born to Explore: The Other Side of ADD

Born to Explore is written by Theresa Gallagher, a mother who doesn't buy into the premise that attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are brain disorders. Alternatively, she focuses on the positive qualities associated with the labels. The site includes lots of general information on the subject with articles and resources that focus on creativity, temperament, intelligence and giftedness, nutrition, and allergies - any or all of which may be the source of the behaviors associated with the ADHD and ADD labels.


ParentSmart

ParentSmart is a guide for helping parents help their children in school. Reliable information is provided in searchable articles as well as through links to other safe and educational sites.


Embark.com

Embark.com offers resources for students and parents in all aspects of planning for college -- from locating the right one to financing the costs.


The Learning Page

The Learning Page provides free, printable work sheets and lesson plans for elementary teachers or home-schooling teachers.


TeAch-nology.com

Advertised as "The Web Portal for Educators," this site takes the guesswork out of searching by providing teachers, administrators, and higher education folks a comprehensive listing of available resources on a multitude of educational topics.


ABCteach

The ABCteach site is a collection of resources for teachers, student teachers, parents, and students to supplement classroom curricula or help parents who want to work with their children at home.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6


The Open Door Web Site

This resource for students and teachers is loaded with background material and is still growing. The Biology, Physics, and History sections are complete, and sections on Technology and Chemistry are in the works.

Grade Level: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


The Jigsaw Classroom

The Jigsaw Classroom -- a cooperative learning technique -- is an efficient way to teach material that also encourages "listening, engagement, and empathy by giving each member of the group an essential part to play in the academic activity." Teachers wanting to implement or learn more about the technique will find lots of useful information here by the creator, Elliot Aronson, professor emeritus at the University of California in Santa Cruz.


Teaching Time

This interactive site gives teachers the tools to teach telling the time in a fun way.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5


PELINKS4U

PE Links 4U is a bi-monthly online magazine designed to give teachers the latest information on fitness, health, and nutrition.


Prongo.com

Prongo.com offers fun interactive and educational games, free screensavers, clip art, wallpaper, e-cards, games, jokes, and brainteasers.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5


National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

Administrators are able to keep up with the latest news and information of interest at The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) site. Users will find current articles from the association's publications such as the Bulletin and Principal Leadership. The Professional Development section offers a variety of opportunities, including online courses; information on topics such as technology, school safety, school improvement and reform; and an individual assessment and development guide for planning your professional development.


Childswork -- Childsplay

Anyone who deals with children or adolescents will find information of interest at Childswork/Childsplay. Though the site sells products, enough free information makes a visit worthwhile.


World Wide Learn

World Wide Learn provides a "categorized directory of online learning resources and acts as a gateway to courses, tutorials, classes, degrees, and workshops from around the world."


Teacher Focus

Teacher Focus is made up of three parts: a teacher bulletin board area, a calendar area, and an area with listings of teacher resources.


Pediatric Neurology Center

Developed by a group of pediatric neurologists, this site offers resources for parents, teachers, caregivers, or anyone who has an interest in children and neurological conditions.


Project Appleseed

Project Appleseed is a nonprofit national campaign for public school improvement. Its mission is "to organize five million parents to participate in the improvement of America's 16,000 public school districts each year."


Care for Animals

Care for Animals, presented by the American Veterinary Medical Association, teaches children about the responsibilities associated with caring for their pets in a fun, entertaining way.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5


The Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM)

GEM is a one-stop source for high-quality Internet lesson plans, curriculum units, and other educational resources for parents, teachers, and others involved in education.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Internet Field Trips

Internet Field Trips, provided as part of the larger Scholastic site, is an exceptional lesson planning resource for teachers.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12


Teachnet.com

Teachnet is an informative site designed for K-12 educators. It includes a variety of helpful resources, including lesson plans, forums, articles, useful tools, and more!


I Love That Teaching Idea

This site has products for sale, but it also features a large collection of free teaching ideas and reproducibles for almost any subject area that are appropriate for elementary classrooms.


D & W's Teacher Spot

Although this site was developed primarily for student and first-year teachers, veteran teachers will find useful information here as well. The site contains tips and suggestions for the first days of school, classroom management, interviews and portfolios, curriculum topics, and more. It includes links to relevant materials to support the efforts of beginning teachers in all subject areas as well as behavior, grading, role playing, classroom computers, software, clip art, books for teachers, and more.


abcteach

abcteach is a quality educational site offering 5000+FREE printable theme units, word puzzles, writing forms, book report forms,math, ideas, lessons and much more. Great for new teachers, student teachers , home schooling and teachers who like creative ways to teach. The new forums are great for sharing ideas and asking questions.

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6


Scholastic Printables

Instant access to now more than 20,000 award-winning Teaching Resources. 100 New practice pages added each month. Worksheets, graphic organizers, lesson plans and more!

Grade Level: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12