SOME GREAT TEACHER WEBSITES...
Mrs. Parker's Favorites:
•1. This is a great site for vocabulary building. It's great S.A.T. prep. The best thing about it is that while you are playing, you are also contributing to feeding the hungry. For each word you get right, 20 grains of rice is donated to the United Nations World Food Program . Careful; it's addictive because you'll want to beat your best level. (The best I've gotten so far is 42.)
•2. The National Holocaust Museum website is a wealth of information. There are primary documents, videos, survivor testimonies, great lesson plans. It's amazing as a teaching and learning tool.
•3. All right, teachers; you've got to familiarize yourselves with this one! We're always needing "stuff" for our classrooms or curriculum; aren't we?! It's a non-profit website where teachers submit proposals and donors fund the projects. It's wonderful and easy! You just have to "sell" your idea.
•4. THINKING MAPS...http://www.mapthemind.com/thinkingmaps/thinkingmaps.html#concept
•5. This site calls itself "a bare bones guide to English," and it's great as a quick reference and a place for students to refer to and even practice with interactive self-tests.
•6. I often utilize the College Board website, particularly for Advanced Placement teaching resources (sample syllabi, exams, lessons). There is information about workshops to attend and some that you can participate in on-line. (I've done one on The Great Gatsby.) it's a great site to refer college-bound students and their parents to as well. There is also a link for S.A.T. prep.
•7. You've GOT to try GoogleEarth if you've not been familiarized with it yet. I've actually zoomed in to see my car sitting in my driveway. There are satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings along with little blurbs about locations. It's fascinating.
•8. The Teaching Tolerance website is a good resource if you focus on character education. It addresses teachers, parents, teens and kids with "ABC's" to combat different issues. It suggests ways to act to stomp out hate. With cliques and even the infiltration of our schools with gangs, this is a valuable resource. There are classroom activities, web exclusives, and freebies. Their magazine often has good articles.
•9. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has an Education and Outreach link that has lesson plans. As we know, kids can be reached through music! The site boasts, "These resources are intended to stimulate student interest and creativity, to develop higher order thinking skills and to promote interdisciplinary learning."
•10. I like this one especially for the rubrics link. I also think webquests are very effective teaching tools too.
•11. You can get creative with this one. It involves creating an avatar. Clearly it can be used to teach characterization, but one could use it to teach dialogue, as part of a weblog assignment. It's fun and engaging.
•12. This one is a professional development website and the emphasis is on writing...teaching of writing and reading, research, standards and assessment, policy and reform, and being a writer.