Dive into Summer Learning

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Sitting here on my side porch attempting to close the tabs on the school year- literally- I have so many that need closing, I have a few final things to share with you before the official start to summer. This has been a whirlwind start to the 2020 year and to be honest, I am already wishing for summer 2021 just to know that we are not only past whatever will come this winter, but to know that we made it through what may be another hybrid school year. It’s not that I want to wish the time away, but I am looking forward to progress and changes on numerous fronts. So, as we are about to slide into summer, here are some resources to add to your beach reading and teaching toolbox.

The first is from Matt Miller: An Educator’s Resource for Distance Learning, Remote Learning, and e-Learning. Always one to share excellent resources, this set of ideas, tools, and templates will have you ready for whatever the 20-21 school year brings our way. You can even sign up for this free, 14-module (ranges from just over 3 to just under 14 minutes per module) Remote Learning 101 course. From “gearing up for remote learning” to “now what” including ideas that use no internet to how to help students with slow internet and others in between, this free course will help get you ready to enhance your remote teaching.

The next four links are to three Bitmoji Classrooms and resources. What is a Bitmoji Classroom you ask? Bitmoji Classrooms are interactive Slides using your Bitmoji and colorful backgrounds to share links, assignments, books, and more in a fun visual way. You can learn how to create your very own Bitmoji interactives here. So the first two links (actually the third and fourth if you are counting) is a copy of a free background you can use in your early childhood/kindergarten classroom to get started. Think of them as templates for those of us who like to start with them. You can just switch out her Bitmoji for yours, add your own message to the board and you can stop there or swap her bookshelf and books (with links) for your own. Both are easily adaptable to your upper elementary and even middle school classrooms with just a few changes. This is one for a Dr. Seuss-themed bookshelf and this is one for a Pete the Cat bookshelf. This last Bitmoji Classroom is a Black Lives Matter reading room filled with books and video read alouds to read and watch to with younger students to learn about being an an ally, an anti-racist, and learn about building a positive racial identity. Finally, here is a classroom full of math manipulatives like ten-frames, unifix cubes, base ten blocks and so many more for your students to use to practice their math skills. Be sure to click each element in all of the classrooms to see all the great things you will find.

The next few links are for teachers to read and learn about implicit bias, microaggressions, and culturally responsive teaching in the classroom so that come the fall, we can all do better for our students and colleagues. The first is from Edutopia, A Look at Implicit Bias and Microaggressions: A primer on the impact of implicit biases in schools and how they can be expressed by students and faculty. The next is, What is Culturally Inclusive Teaching. In it you will find videos, definitions, strategies, TED talks, lessons, and more; just keep reading, watching, and scrolling. This next article is from the Atlantic and it is titled, “What Anti-Racist Teachers Do Differently.” Hint: “Educators who are committed to black students use evidence in their own classrooms to find ways to improve” and, “It requires educators to view the success of black students as central to the success of their own teaching” They are not afraid to hold a mirror, be reflective about their practice, and hold themselves accountable for reaching all students everyday.

Looking for more ways to keep your learning going during the summer? Perhaps a little daily dose of learning to help prepare for the upcoming school year? The Global EdTech Academy is a free series of master classes, office hours, and edtech resources that you can watch and learn on your own time. So far, I watched Connecting the Community: Race and Culture in Education – Moderated by Ken Shelton (see Wakelet for additional resources) and am planning on watching the two-part master class, Embedding Authentic Choice and Voice with Pernille Ripp (creator of the highly successful Global Read Aloud). You can find all 41 current recordings here on their YouTube channel.

This final link is for all the history teachers out there who want to make sure that all stories are told and who want to “bridge history and current issues”. My colleague Mark, an amazing history teacher who seeks to do (and does) just that every day, shared it with me and so now I share it with you. It is the Choices Program from Brown University. Be sure to explore Teaching with the News, the free resources and lessons for your classroom.

Happy summer!

She Blinded Me With Science, Among Other Things

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This week in learning I am sharing some great things for our Science and History teachers as well as pretty much all the subjects.

First, from We Are Teachers, is 35 of the Best 7th Grade Science Projects and Experiments. In this list you will find everything from illustrating the greenhouse effect and density rainbows to how sugary drinks effect the teeth and 32 others. Each project/experiment in the list comes with a description and link to the details including all you need to do this with your students. Of course if you click the links you will be taken to sites that have even more resources so consider this a gift that keeps on giving.

Having books around your classroom that represent all your students is important in creating and building positive identities. Not only is it important to reflect the learners, even those who may not be in your room, but it is vital to show students what they can become and who has come before them. That is why next is a list of multicultural STEAM books to inspire girls of all ages. The books are categorized by elementary, historic, Latina, motivation, and more. There are picture books for our younger learners and books for our teens. Take a look and add them to your reading and recommending repertoire.

Next is this YouTube playlist, The Daily Bellringer, a daily dose of history in short bites that you can easily and quickly share with your students. Videos are added weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, are 3-6 minutes long, and include comprehension and critical thinking questions. Watch them as a group, pop the video in your learning management system, or add them to an EdPuzzle. There are currently three playlists with a total of 33 videos: the Presidents, the American Revolution, and the U.S. Constitution.

Each week I get the New York Times Race Related newsletter delivered to my inbox. This week’s linked to a series called, Overlooked, and it shares the obituaries of remarkable people overlooked and not reported by the New York Times at the time of their death beginning from 1851 to today. This history project details the lives of black men and women whose important work was left out of the news. These are stories of people we can share beyond Black History Month and make the learning happen all year long.

Last is something that really could be its own post in its own right (and will be). I recently started participating in Project Zero’s course, “Creating a Culture of Thinking” and reading the book of the same name. I left the book at school and finished the sample on the kindle so since I also am part of a book group at school about to begin reading another Ritchart book, Making Thinking Visible, I started reading (this is the empty nester in me). One thing led to another and I landed on the Visible Thinking site that inspired the book. What you will find if you follow this link is a series of thinking routines that you can use in your classroom to help each of your students become active participants in the learning that goes on in your classroom, even if the learners or participants are adults. They are called routines because they are hopefully going to become embedded in the way you and your students approach learning, be it reading a novel, looking at a piece of art, discussing historical events, scientific phenomenon, differing perspectives. They are routines that can be applied to all areas of the school and curriculum. As I was reading, I was tweeting some highlights and my friend Loren shared this fantastic, printable toolbox of the visible thinking routines with me. Now you can print them out and begin making them part of how you and your students approach learning.


Sing, Sing a Song

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Back in 2016 I wrote a post, More Than Just Music to Their Ears, on using songs for teaching to help with memory. Today I am reiterating that here with some additional sites. In case you choose not to click on the past post, I will summarize: music helps with memory. Not only can songs trigger memories and evoke emotions, it can create a positive learning environment and help solidify scientific concepts. I go in and out of classrooms when I teach so earlier this fall I started incorporating mindfulness into the beginning of class time to refocus students and get everyone together. I created a YouTube playlist called mindfulness jars and I do notice a difference when I start classes with a mindfulness transition. Additionally, in the younger grades, I sing the directions to the students that I want them to follow. By now, they know the tune so I can just hum it and they will know what to do. Since I use a song, I can add on when additional directions are needed.

With all that being said, here are some sites for teaching with songs:

  1. Numberock– This is a YouTube channel and website with math songs for all concepts for elementary age students. They even have songs about holidays and other special events on the calendar The YouTube channel has playlists in English, Spanish, French, Hindi, Chinese, and Portuguese (and maybe more but I stopped scrolling) so you can learn your math concepts in many languages.
  2. Using Music to Teach Science includes songs created by high school and college students to teach science concepts like the Krebs Cycle, Physics, and Polymerase. This was inspired by this Life Science Education publication, Using Science Songs to Enhance Learning which offers a study and includes a rubric to use with (college) students who create their own songs as evidence of understanding.
  3. Songs for Teaching has songs for teaching Science topics like Astronomy, Botany, and Earth Science to name a few. It also has songs for teaching Math topics for elementary school as well as advanced math topics like Geometry, Trig, and some Physics. The lyrics to songs are included with a short sample of the song, enough to give you the tune to sing along.
  4. I happened upon this Jack Hartmann channel of songs that includes songs about letters of the alphabet, phonics songs, counting songs, brain breaks, and additional songs for younger students and early elementary. The digraph one is quite catchy and will have your students singing about sh and th among others. And who could resist, Silent E by the Bazillions? Check out their channel of songs too.
  5. For history teachers and students, this PBS set of lessons, Hamilton’s America with Lin Manuel, is about the process of writing the song, My Shot for the Broadway show, Hamilton. The videos and support materials will introduce students to the process of turning history into music. If you are considering having students create and adapt history into music, this set of lessons will be inspiring.
  6. Last is one I have shared before. History for Music Lovers YouTube channel is 53 songs about events and people all set to popular tunes.

So if you want your students to listen to or sing these songs, write your own, or have your students write their own, songs can enhance the learning environment and experience.

This Week’s Clicks, aka Down the Rabbit Hole

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Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, good -whatever-time-you-are-reading this. There is much to share this week with articles, tools, and learning opportunities for you and your students.

First is a review by Common Sense Media of 16 Authentic Assessment Tools for Teachers and Students. This list combines various sites for your students to engage in performance assessments while working on purposeful, real-life tasks including collaborating around social justice issues using The Wonderment, connecting with students across the globe with projects using Pen Pal Schools, and more. The list includes both free and paid options for ELA, Social Studies, and STEM classes like, Can Figure It for working through proofs in geometry. I encourage you to take a peek.

Not Sudoku but . . .

I happened by the Mathematics Learning and Technology blog where I learned about Futoshiki and Yohaku puzzles among many others she shares like this list of logic games. I had heard of Sudoku and KenKen but these were new to me. Futoshiki puzzles work in grids of 4×4 through 9×9 and like Sudoku, the numbers (same numbers as grid style) can only be used once in a row/column. The difference is the appearance of > and < within the grids bringing a whole new challenge to solving these puzzles. With the Yohaku puzzles, you are practicing your number sense as well as your problem-solving skills as these puzzles are either additive or multiplicative for the rows and columns. These puzzles are 2×2, 3×3 or 4×4 and there are puzzles for fractions and decimals, algebraic thinking for older students and adults as well as junior puzzles for younger kiddos. I spent a few minutes before class trying a 4×4 and just when I thought I had it . . .

I admit that during lunch, I will check my Facebook page to see what is there. I have gotten to the point where at times, I am looking at posts and having to look to see who I know, why they are showing up in my feed and if I actually know who they are. Today as I was scrolling I came across a question posed by a Nearpod educator about educational tools. One of the first responders pointed her to “The Amazing Educational Resources” Facebook group. Just like the Mouse and the Cookie, I went to that page to look around and found several items of interest.

My first click was on essaypop an online, essay-writing teaching tool that you can use with your students to help them practice their writing skills. Students can work on writing thesis statements, persuasive essays, paragraphs, topic sentences, hooks, and more. It is online and interactive and breaks down the components of an essay into individual, color-coded sections for students to practice as they build an essay around the myriad of prompts. This is a FREE tool with complete lessons for all levels of school including up through AP courses. Everything you need for a lesson including the resources is all embedded in each essaypop prompt. In addition, when you create a hive and add your students to it, they are prompted to comment and give feedback on their essays included in their hive. Pretty cool tool!

Next are Bunk History and Back Story. Bunk History is a site for history teachers and their middle or high school students that looks at historical topics and events from various points of view as well as how topics and events connect to others including to today’s current events. When you select a topic to read like The Myth of the American Frontier, and then click to look at the connections you will find an article like this one, American Extremism Has Always Flowed from the Border. So if you are looking to connect today’s news to the past, then check out the connections and ideas in Bunk History.

Back Story is what it implies: it is a weekly podcast that takes the history you know, or think you know, and gives you the back story. Additionally, like Bunk History, it makes the connections between the past and the present by using today’s news to understand our past. While the 12 year old podcast will be recording its final episode this summer, there are over 300 episodes on countless topics (literally, I could not count them there are so many).

After I clicked around in the Facebook group, I started in on my emails. In this post from Edutopia I read about Lyric Training, a free website for world language students to practice using the target language by watching music videos and filling in the blanks as the words scroll along. There are thirteen languages to choose including Spanish, French, and German as well as Portuguese, Japanese, and Catalan and you can choose your skill level from four options. I tried it to see how it works and I must say, I did very well. Of course I was using my native English but don’t judge. Later I tried to revive my French and guess what, I did it and it was pretty fun! The music video pauses if you don’t type the word and will resume once you do replaying the lyric. I think it would be a great way for your students to practice their language while learning some new songs too.

Finally are two important articles on the importance of culturally responsive teaching, Getting Clearer: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and teaching your students how to recognize implicit bias. In “Everyone Has Invisible Bias. This Lesson Shows Students How to Recognize It” you will read how a library media specialist and an English teacher used op-ed news pieces and Mad-Libs to teach their students about their unconscious biases and how these biases impact their worldview. We need to create this awareness so that we can mitigate the implicit biases we all carry.

Jump In

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Sometimes the empty title box and + at the beginning of a blog post can be intimidating. Sure, you may have plenty of things to say or share, but looking at the empty space can make you hesitate, second guess, and procrastinate. I liken that to both the start of the new year– be it in the fall when a new school year is beginning, or in the winter, when the whole year is in front of you — and a swimming pool. Some people like to dip their toes in the water to get them used to the temperature as they ease their way in; others just jump right in.

In this case, I am going to offer you both: things you can jump in and use right away with your students and other things you can dip your toes in to try out as you ease your way in to the new year.

The first two are from PBS Learning Media, a favorite of mine for all subjects, all ages, and all types of content.

First is for our younger elementary students: Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum. This series of episodes, lessons, games, and activities is based off the book series, Ordinary People Change the World. The group of lessons is designed to help children make the connection between the character strengths of the historical figures and the same strengths they may also have. So far there are lessons on Zora Neale Hurston, George Washington, Cleopatra, and Isaac Newton.

Next is geared toward upper elementary, middle and high school students in grades 4-12 and it is a collaboration between PBS Learning Media and Ken Burns called Ken Burns in the Classroom. I first read about this in this article from the Washington Post. Ken Burns has been photographing and creating documentaries on all subjects and this partnership with PBS Learning Media is a “one-stop destination” of “classroom-ready content.” There are lesson plans, media, photographs, a gallery, and documents searchable by era or film beginning with the Revolution and the New Nation in 1754 to Contemporary United States from 1980 to Present. Each lesson comes with supporting materials and articles and links to additional content. Just by clicking on the lesson tags will bring you to even more content from PBS Learning Media. For example, I started here with Ken Burns’ Civil War and Reconstruction, made my way to The Civil Rights Act of 1964 from the Library of Congress, then to more materials on Civil War and Reconstruction housed in PBS Learning Media.

If you are thinking about flipping your classroom, this article from KQED offers a few tips from a teacher who has been flipping her math classes for the last several years. First, a flipped classroom model is when your students view content at home, often in the form of a video or another online option, then use class time to work on clarifying understanding, working in small groups, or working through the problems at school. This allows for more interaction between the teacher and the students during class time which, in traditional models, can often be spent delivering instruction and covering content. In this article, Three Simple Tools to Make Math Thinking Visible, Stacy Roshan shares her flipped learning journey and some ways she has iterated on her original model including how she uses Flipgrid, Edpuzzle, and Sutori to enhance the interactivity with her students.

Next, you know my fondness for what Pooja Agarwal shares to help make learning stick. This past week she and her co-author, Patrice Bain were interviewed (again) as part of the DITCH Summit and this download is notes from their session, Using Powerful Teaching to Remember and Thrive. You’ll find easy-to-implement tips, practices, and tools that you can begin using with your students tomorrow like brain-dumps, retrieve-taking instead of note-taking, and Just two things.

Last, do you want to build a snowman? How about an app? In his recent, “Favorite New Updated Tools of 2019” post, Richard Byrne shared Glide Apps. Glide Apps creates an app from content in Google Sheets. If you can add information to columns and rows, you can build an app with Glide.

So, which one of these will you jump into and which ones will you choose to dip your toes in this new year?

Ice and Snowflakes

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Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”

―Abigail Adams

I love the above quote but I am part of the choir so-to-speak because I love learning. Not everyone’s top 5 character strengths includes a love of learning which is why as educators we need to know what Interests the students, Captures their attention, and what Engages them (ICE: a nice little acronym that happened naturally). This week I am sharing ICE and a few other snowflakes.

You’ve probably have heard of Fantasy sports games like baseball and football, but have you heard of Fanpolitics or Fangeopolitics? I am guessing some of you may have not. I learned about it today when I read this article, “Gamify Social Studies Learning and Current Event Learning with FanSchool.org”, whose purpose is to engage students with current events through a fantasy sports style game. Imagine your class divided into individuals, pairs, or teams of students drafting policymakers, countries, states, or candidates and following their “players” in the news, scoring points for when their “team” members are mentioned in the news. By signing up for a free FanSchool account you get a commissioner (you), up to 35 players, and access to all the games. There are lesson plans and links and everything you need to get started engaging your students in the events happening around them so why not start drafting!

sometimes I like to close my eyes

And imagine what it’ll be like when summer does come

~Josh Gad, Frozen

No need to imagine when you can explore the 2020 Gilder Lehrman Summer Seminars. Once again they are offering not-to-be-missed topics like Native Americans in American History, Rehearsal for Equality: American Women from the Revolution to Seneca Falls, and The West and the American Nation. The seminars range from 3 days to 6 days and are led by lead scholars, master teachers and attendees have the opportunity to attend book talks by historians. One of my amazing colleagues attended one last summer and his lesson, “Murder, Theft, and Silence: The Conestoga Massacre” is now part of the Digital Paxton Teacher Seminar Education Materials collection. For more on the experience, you can read the EdWeek article, “How Do We Teach with Primary Sources When So Many Voices Are Missing?”

Last is something that will capture the interest of anyone who uses or is looking to use rubrics in their classrooms. This was a lucky click thanks to Richard Byrne. He shared some digital portfolio platforms along with a link to assessing digital portfolios. We use digital portfolios in our school and while we do not assess them, I clicked anyway just to have a look. Well, Creating and Using Rubrics for Assessments is exactly what I have been looking for and I think it may be what you have been looking for as well. You will find rubrics on all topics from writing to online discussions, to podcasts, group work participation to Slides presentations, elementary rubrics, middle school, all subject areas and grades, and tools for creating rubrics. It’s really a treasure trove.

For more curated topics you can check out the latest Shipley PLN Lower & Middle School Edition.

For Your Listening and Viewing Pleasure

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This week offers a variety of ways to learn. There are articles for those who like to read, podcasts for those who like to listen, and videos for those who like the visual. They will engage your mind and maybe inspire your creativity, and provide resources, tips, and ideas to engage and empower your students.

If you teach or use current events in your classroom, you might want to check out Flocabulary’s Week in Rap. They have both elementary (grades 3-5) and middle/high school version (6-12) that takes the week’s news and puts it in a rap format. While it does cost to join Flocabulary to access their resources, you can view the videos in The Week in Rap without joining.

History teachers and history buffs will enjoy this next find! I have been listening to and watching webinars on culturally responsive teaching and culturally responsive literature, especially focusing on making sure all voices are heard and represented. In one (I cannot remember which), they mentioned the podcast Uncivil on Gimlet (a podcasting host). Uncivil is a 13-episode podcast where they go back in time to the Civil War for the stories that we did not learn about in (think- left out of) the history books. For more history podcasts, check out my other post, Listen Up.

Speaking of podcasts, in this week’s Shipley PLN Lower and Middle School Edition, you can read and listen to this article and podcast featuring Dr. Bernard Harris, who in 1995 was the first African American to perform a spacewalk. In the 26-minute podcast, An Astronaut’s Guide to Improving STEM Education (and What Space Is Really Like) Harris speaks to STEM education and culturally responsive teaching:

We’ve approached teaching up to this point that we bring in students from many different sectors in different communities and we force them to learn our way.

If you take students’ culture, their backgrounds, into account and teach in a culturally responsive way, then you have a better opportunity for improving their learning.

~Bernard Harris

Can you remember what you had for lunch yesterday? If you cannot, you might want to do a little retrieval practice! I have written numerous times about using retrieval practice in your classes. In one of Agarwal’s recent emails, she referenced the Learning Agency’s new videos highlighting retrieval practice in action. Agarwal is part of the Learning Agency, recently launched in 2019. You’ll see and hear how teachers are using dual coding, spacing, interleaving, and more in these short (6-10 minutes) videos. You’ll also find The Science of Learning guides for teachers and students as well as links to TED talks like this one. For more examples of retrieval practice, you can check out their YouTube channel with over 20 videos.

Teachers need to provide numerous opportunities for students to create by providing options and choices for students to collaborate, examine exemplars of creativity, find solutions to problems, use non-traditional formats to consume new information and content, and have the flexibility to put the ideas together to create and express new and better ideas

Innovate Inside the Box

If you are looking for ways to incorporate different performance assessments in your classes, check out this post, Student Agency: What Do Students Want to Create to Demonstrate Their Learning? There are some great options and ideas that your students could choose from including presenting a TED talk, creating a movie, and writing a children’t book to name just a few.

Finally, if you are looking for learning opportunities, you should check this out. Harvard’s Graduate School of Education has two-week online workshops beginning next week and continuing through the new year on a variety of topics (for a fee of $149) including diversity and inclusion, culturally responsive literature, and educating global citizens. How did I come upon this gem of an opportunity? My curiosity led me to it!

Listen Up!

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If you would like to listen to this as a podcast, click here.

I love when people ask me about something and then I am able to do targeted searches for resources. I was recently asked by two different colleagues about podcasts- those their students can listen to and those they can create themselves. In no time was I off and running to find them helpful resources.

For listening

In one of my recent posts, Much Ado About Everything, I had shared Six-Minute Stories from KidsListen, a platform for podcasts for children. When my colleague asked me to find podcasts for her middle school students, I found this list of 18 Best Podcasts for Kids in Elementary, Middle, and High School from We Are Teachers. This list is broken down by school division and includes podcasts relating to the English language, Science, History, stories, debates, and more. Freakonomics Radio, The Allusionist, and Stuff You Missed in History Class are just three on the list for middle school; Brains On, Tumble, and Short and Curly for elementary school; and Serial, This American Life, and Youth Radio for high school students (plus 9 morel).

Common Sense Education put out their list of 16 Great Learning Podcasts for the Classroom from your youngest Pre-K students through your 12th grade seniors in high school. While there is some overlap between this list and the one above, Common Sense includes on their list Story Corps (oral histories and lesson plans), Smash Boom, Best (debates), and Circle Round (folktales from around the world), and others.

My colleague Mark shared 15-Minute History, a podcast for students, teachers, and history buffs brought to us by the University of Texas at Austin. Each podcast includes the transcript, great for those who need to see the words while they are listening, or those who just want to read and not listen- something for different learners. You can filter podcasts by US History by Time Period, Texas History, World History by Region, or World History by Time Period (and then continue to filter from there). After a quick look through the 18th Century/American Revolution time period, I found this one, “The Royal Proclamation of 1763” (which if you don’t know what that is, take a peek at one of the Revolutionary War Adobe Spark videos our fourth grade students made last year and see).

Speaking of the American Revolution, I found this one, American Revolution Podcast: A Chronological Journey Through the Revolutionary War by chance. This is like finding a $20 bill in your pocket when you didn’t know it was there. Along with the podcasts are a whole host of links for more information, a list of free books, and of course, a link to additional podcasts.

For the adults in the room, I came across Teachers on Fire, a one-year old, 100-episode strong podcast that features educators who are leading and transforming K-12 education in the way that Entrepreneurs on Fire features entrepreneurs who are setting the world on fire with their ideas.

There are so many more, this is not even the tip of the iceberg. But, it is a good start to adding some podcast listening to your classroom repertoire.

Free Teaching Resources: Always a Good Thing!

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Today I am diving right in to sharing some amazing free resources that are available for teachers (and parents too).

First is a set of evidence-based playbooks from Angela Duckworth’s Character Lab to help build character in your students and children. Everything from grit and purpose to gratitude and resilience with more playbooks to come, you will have research and evidence-based tools to help build and grow these skills. Looking to learn more about developing character in your students? The educator summit will be held this July 11-12 in Philadelphia.

Next is Open Middle: “challenging math problems worth solving.” I found this site from one of Robert Kaplinsky’s recent tweets and have been clicking around ever since. You’ll find problems for students from kindergarten through high school including this Ten-frame challenge for kinders.

The Math Vision Project is a team of teachers who set out to create free, printable math materials for teaching math that is inquiry-based, student-driven, task-based, and aligned with Common Core Standards. It is also a set of downloadable open source math resources created by teachers for teachers to use with their students learning Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, towards an Integrated Math I, II, II. When I say “resources” I mean everything you need to teach regular and honors math from beginning to end with both student and teacher editions, homework help, professional development resources and more. It is a complete curriculum offering multiple access points for students within the same classroom to be able to solve problems and show understanding.

Open Ed or ACT Academy is another free site with K-12 resources including lesson plans, assessments, homework, and videos for topics from all school subjects including Science, English, Math, and Social Studies as well as Social-Emotional learning, Electives, and Technology. You can search by grade, subject, resource type (interactive, lesson plan, audio, video, etc.) topic, standard, publisher, and featured content provider. Honestly, if all you do is click the type of resource you want, you will see the wealth of materials for you.

Last but certainly not least is Facing History, a site whose mission it is “to engage and educate diverse students on issues of racism, anti-semitism, and prejudice to promote the development of a more humane citizenry.” This site is rich with resources on topics from the Holocaust to Civil Rights, Race, Immigration, and much more searchable by subject (English, Psychology, US History, World History to name a few) and resource type (books and borrowing, lessons, featured collections, and beyond). They also offer several professional development opportunities to support teachers both in-person and online. This is a site you will want to spend time with.

A Chance to Be Part of History, Herstory, & Ourstory

Great learning opportunities are coming your way! If you are a history or social studies teacher, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History’s teacher seminars series is open now for applications. What is the Gilder Lehrman Institute you ask? They are a non-profit organization whose mission is “to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources.” You can read a previous post about Gilder Lehrman here.

To learn about their online courses, click here.

For information about this year’s teacher summer seminars, click here.

To apply, click here.

Neither a history or social studies teacher ? Feeling left out of the learning? Not to worry, you can learn everyday from December 14-31 form the comfort of your own sofa or classroom being part of the DITCHSummit. For more information, you can see my previous post.