Educators, and future educators, take notice. The following are a collection of links to web sites that will benefit anyone involved with the teaching profession. If you are a veteran, you probably know all these sites already, but if you are new to teaching, or still in school to become one, familiarize yourself with all of these great on line resources.
ThinkFinity – A top rated site for collecting lesson plans. Across any subject, at any grade level, this site has pre made lesson plans available to down load. The top names and organizations in education all have their lesson plans on file here, and you can access them all.
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence – When ever any government organization needs to develop education materials, those materials end up at this web site. Documents, photos, videos, audio clips, multi-media presentations, you name it. The amount of material on the site is staggering in scope, and completely free in price. Any student or teacher should make sure to book mark this site.
National Science Teacher Association – Don’t let the name dissuade you, this site is actually most helpful for non-Science teachers, or at least those teachers not so comfortable with science topics. Here you can find ideas for group activities, discussions, and experiments. Journal articles and blogs give good advice for teaching advanced topics. Also, there is a daily update for links to important science stories in current events.
Promethean Planet – Having trouble with your whiteboard? Have you never used a whiteboard before and need a crash course? Then check out this site, proclaiming itself as “the world’s largest interactive whiteboard community.” It gives all the advice you could ever need on using your interactive whiteboard to teach class. Also find downloadable lesson plans and games.
Teacher Tube – Teacher Tube is exactly what it sounds like: an educational version of Youtube. And this is a great thing, combining the smoothness and navigability of the Youtube site with the educational content a teacher would want. Documentaries, educational videos, and lectures are all here, plus a lot more. Find songs to teach kids about math, or poems to teach poetry.
Teaching Tolerance – This site, sponsored by theSouthern Poverty Law Center, is a place where teachers can find advice and information on how broach sensitive subjects in class. From slavery to religious differences, bullying, drugs, and beyond, this site is intended to help teachers keep a peaceful clasroom, even when addressing controversial subject matter.
National Education Association – Outside of the classroom, a teacher always need to keep their ear to the ground, to keep abrest of the latest news and trends affecting your profession. The National Education Association is by teachers, for teacher, and the site aims to keep teachers up to date on everything they need to know about the present state, and future, of public schools.