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PTSD: Coping After a Crisis - NASP

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The National Association of School Psychologists offers this resource for helping recognize and deal with post traumatic stress disorder. In today's world of school violence, suicides,...more
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The National Association of School Psychologists offers this resource for helping recognize and deal with post traumatic stress disorder. In today's world of school violence, suicides, weather emergencies, war, and disasters, school professionals need information to help them help their students (and peers) in the aftermath of the unthinkable. TeachersFirst hopes you will never need this resource, but it is a must-read for anyone who might someday face crisis.

tag(s): school violence (12), stress (14)

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Administrators, guidance counselors, and teacher leaders will want to keep this one in their favorite "just in case."
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L D Online - WETA

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When you bill yourself as the world's leading website on Learning Disabilities and ADHD, you'd better prove it. LD OnLine does that and more. LD OnLine provides in-depth ...more
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When you bill yourself as the world's leading website on Learning Disabilities and ADHD, you'd better prove it. LD OnLine does that and more. LD OnLine provides in-depth professional and parent articles, expert advice columns, forums, and disability/differences resources for parents and educators within this easily-navigated site. Many of those articles offer strategies to help deal with the disabilities. The site also includes a convenient yellow pages directory for those who need further professional advice.

tag(s): adhd (28), dyslexia (7), learning disability (15)

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The first-hand stories by famous and not-so-famous Americans are priceless. Teachers and guidance counselors will boost the self-esteem in their struggling students by sharing stories by these 'overcomers.' There is even a section where students can submit stories (make sure you have parent permission).

Find information to help you understand your students' disabilities. Visit one of the forums to collaborate and get ideas from other online viewers. Share this site (or sections of it) with colleagues and parents (and even older students) to help build cooperation and understanding. Educators may wish there were more specific curriculum support.

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Teaching Tips - Dr. Kathie Nunley

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Find over a hundred great and practical tips for classroom management, inexpensive materials, handling classroom challenges, and more in this list compiled from teachers all over the...more
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Find over a hundred great and practical tips for classroom management, inexpensive materials, handling classroom challenges, and more in this list compiled from teachers all over the country.If you are a new teacher-- or just looking for a new way to solve an old problem-- this site has treasures.

tag(s): newbies (18)

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Citebite - Abstract Factory

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Imagine being able to give students (or parents) an exact link to a specific quote within a web page. Why would you want to? Perhaps you want to send students ...more
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Imagine being able to give students (or parents) an exact link to a specific quote within a web page. Why would you want to? Perhaps you want to send students to a certain paragraph for an activity: for reading comprehension, for reading a specific portion of text, or even for highlighting a literary device within a text or poem. Students will no longer waste time, announcing, "I can't find it!" or return to school saying they couldn't do the homework!

tag(s): internet safety (109), literacy (103), quotations (23), safety (92)

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Tool can be used in less than 30 seconds. Open TWO windows in Internet Explorer or any web browser. One should be open to citebite; the other to the web page you wish to reference. On that web page, locate and "highlight" the exact passage of text you want to "send" people to see. Copy/paste the passage into the quotation box at Citebite (copy, then change windows). Return to the target web page and copy/paste its actual URL into Citebite. Click "Make Citebite." Copy/paste the new url, indicated after "Your citebite link is:" Note: if the original quote is within a FLASH presentation, it will not copy/paste or generate a Citebite. See this example of a Citebite link to a tip about TeachersFirst Edge tools.

Have your middle and high school students do a web page "credibility critique" on their potential sources by using Citebite before they start a research project. They can highlight passages as proof of credibility -- or lack thereof -- and give you the Citebite links. They will love this easy way to reference a specific portion of a page. You will love the ease of finding it. If you give them a Word document table as a web site evaluation rubric, they can paste the Citebites there, with their comments in the neighboring cell!

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Quintura: See and Find - Quintura

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4 to 12
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This new approach to search engine uses "clouds" of words related to your search topic to prompt you in narrowing your search. Quintura was launched as a beta test in ...more
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This new approach to search engine uses "clouds" of words related to your search topic to prompt you in narrowing your search. Quintura was launched as a beta test in late 2006 by a team of Russian and American developers. If you enter a search term and hit Enter (or click the magnifying glass), the left side of the screen displays a visual map of words related to your search. Click a word for a more precise view. You can also adjust settings and search images, video, and Amazon.com from the same search box. Another advantage: you can SAVE your search and share it with friends.

Realize that this search engine does not apparently have a reputability ranking system as Google does, but for students trying to narrow a topic or find out what else is related, this is a great tool. Visual and global students (and adults) will find it far easier to navigate than outline-type approaches. More linear, detail-oriented thinkers may find it annoying. See the Help explanations for some great information.

tag(s): search strategies (30)

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Display this search engine as an option as you start a research project. It would work extremely well on an interactive whiteboard for demo. If you teach younger studen ts, try the kids version.

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The Educational Theatre Association - EdTA

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This is a site for those who teach theatre and those who want to be more involved in educational theatre throughout the USA and internationally. As the U.S. association affiliated ...more
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This is a site for those who teach theatre and those who want to be more involved in educational theatre throughout the USA and internationally. As the U.S. association affiliated with the International Thespian Society, this site provides everything a first-time director or a seasoned pro might want to begin a thespian society in his school. Or perhaps you just want to use some of the information from this site-- that's worthwhile too.

tag(s): acting (27)

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Going to the Visitor spot and taking the tour or clicking on the site map and scanning down the topics will provide you with a lot of information. They are selling their stamped goods, of course, but the goal of the site is to let people know about the society and provide support for those who teach drama. It is also a great place to network and they have programs for middle school as well as high school students.

You can elect to enter the FLASH or html (Non-Flash) version of the site.
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NCTM Curriculum Focal Points - NCTM

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NCTM provides these "descriptions of the most significant mathematical concepts and skills at each grade level" as a way of moving from broad lists of standards to a focused set ...more
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NCTM provides these "descriptions of the most significant mathematical concepts and skills at each grade level" as a way of moving from broad lists of standards to a focused set of "areas of emphasis within each grade from prekindergarten through grade 8." This site includes a full explanation of the shift to a set of "focal points" and downloadable copies of the entire set of focal points. There are also places to read and post questions and extensive press interviews/articles sparked by the NCTM announcement of the Focal Points in fall, 2006. This is a must for any math teacher or teacher-to-be.

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Graphic Organizer Maker - Recipes4Success/Tech4Learning

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This handy online tool lets you create customized graphic organizers "on the fly" and print them from the web site. There is a paid version of the site, but this ...more
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This handy online tool lets you create customized graphic organizers "on the fly" and print them from the web site. There is a paid version of the site, but this FREE tool lets you choose the type of organizer you want, customize the Title and Directions, and print. Organizer types include Venn diagrams, KWL, scientific method, and many more. Learning support teachers will want to use this for students to create study materials.

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Use these printed organizers as study support for any content area topic. Many are excellent options for reinforcing reading skills in the content areas, even for senior high students. Include this on your teacher web page so students can create their own organizers to study for tests or prepare presentations.

To make a new organizer, simply click "new," write title and directions, and print the small "print" icon. It may be easiest to take their default directions and change them for your purposes. Note that you LOSE your work when you close the page, so make sure you have printed first!

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Inspiration Quickstart Tutorial - Inspiration

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Learn to use Inspiration, the software that makes graphic organizers (and outlines)that make sense to your visual learners, using this printable pdf tutorial. You need Acrobat Reader...more
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Learn to use Inspiration, the software that makes graphic organizers (and outlines)that make sense to your visual learners, using this printable pdf tutorial. You need Acrobat Reader to open and print it. The page provides a link to get Acrobat Reader, if you do not have it.This tutorial is supplied by the software manufacturer.

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This site can also be used to help students develop study skills or determine what helps them learn best.
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SMARTboard Two-Minute Tutorials - SMARTtech

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Try these two-minute tutorials to learn how to use your SMARTboard interactive whiteboard. Take the time to learn specifically about the SMART Notebook software. This will provide you...more
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Try these two-minute tutorials to learn how to use your SMARTboard interactive whiteboard. Take the time to learn specifically about the SMART Notebook software. This will provide you with the most power in using your SMARTboard. These tutorials are provided by the SMARTboard brand manufacturer and much of the information applies only to SMART brand boards.

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Software Turials in Spanish - Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101

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Learn the basics of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, using these illustrated, text-based tutorials in Spanish. The English versions are listed separatelyin our TeachersFirst...more
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Learn the basics of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, using these illustrated, text-based tutorials in Spanish. The English versions are listed separatelyin our TeachersFirst listings, as well. These tutorials are not cluttered with advertising (a nice feature!). NOTE: If you wish to use these tutorials with a class, the creators request that you contact them (click to fill int their form).

tag(s): spanish (108)

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Share these Spanish-language tutorials with parents and students who may be learning computer basics. Spanish teachers might enjoy sharing these real-world language examples with their second, third, or fourth year students. Maybe ask them to create tutorials for their favorite technology tools in Spanish! Appeal to some of your more techno-savvy Spanish students in a new way.

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Working with Words: Project 1 - Word Basics - Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101

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Laern Microsoft Word using this carefully-sequenced, illustrated, text-based tutorial that starts at the very beginning. The screens are NOT cluttered (a nice change from many tutorials)....more
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Laern Microsoft Word using this carefully-sequenced, illustrated, text-based tutorial that starts at the very beginning. The screens are NOT cluttered (a nice change from many tutorials). This is the first in a series of tutorials on Word. The tutorial is also available in SPANISH! Note: The creators request that you click to contact them before using the tutorial with a class.

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Working with Numbers: Project 1- Introduction - Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101

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Learn Excel using this carefully-sequenced, illustrated, text-based tutorial that starts at the very beginning. The screens are NOT cluttered (a nice change from many tutorials). This...more
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Learn Excel using this carefully-sequenced, illustrated, text-based tutorial that starts at the very beginning. The screens are NOT cluttered (a nice change from many tutorials). This is the first in a series of tutorials on Excel. The tutorial is also available in SPANISH! Note: The creators request that you click to contact them before using the tutorial with a class.

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Working with Presentations: Project 1- PowerPoint Basics - Jan's Illustrated Computer Literacy 101

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Learn PowerPoint using this carefully-sequenced, illustrated, text-based tutorial that starts at the very beginning. The screens are NOT cluttered (a nice change from many tutorials)....more
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Learn PowerPoint using this carefully-sequenced, illustrated, text-based tutorial that starts at the very beginning. The screens are NOT cluttered (a nice change from many tutorials). This is the first in a series of tutorials on PowerPoint. The tutorial is also available in SPANISH! Note: The creators request that you click to contact them before using the tutorial with a class.

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Microsoft PowerPoint Tutorial - Baycon Group

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Learn PowerPoint using this illustrated, text-based tutorial. You can find how-to information by clicking on the exact topic you want or work your way through the sequenced steps. The...more
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Learn PowerPoint using this illustrated, text-based tutorial. You can find how-to information by clicking on the exact topic you want or work your way through the sequenced steps. The clickable topics make it easy to return and review. The site has advertising down both sides, so be careful where you click!

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MIcrosoft Word Tutorial 2002/2003 - Baycon Group

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Learn Word using this illustrated, text-based tutorial. You can find how-to information by clicking on the exact topic you want or work your way through the sequenced steps. The clickable...more
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Learn Word using this illustrated, text-based tutorial. You can find how-to information by clicking on the exact topic you want or work your way through the sequenced steps. The clickable topics make it easy to return and review. The site has advertising down both sides, so be careful where you click!

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Microsoft Excel Tutorial 2002/2003 - Baycon Group

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Learn Excel using this illustrated, text-based tutorial. You can find how-to information by clicking on the exact topic you want or work your way through the sequenced steps. The clickable...more
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Learn Excel using this illustrated, text-based tutorial. You can find how-to information by clicking on the exact topic you want or work your way through the sequenced steps. The clickable topics make it easy to return and review. The site has advertising down both sides, so be careful where you click!

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First Days of Middle School - Middleweb

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Middleweb provides an outstanding list of ideas and links to help the new middle school teacher, many of which apply for teachers at all levels. Ideas include classroom management,...more
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Middleweb provides an outstanding list of ideas and links to help the new middle school teacher, many of which apply for teachers at all levels. Ideas include classroom management, communicating with parents, advice from administrators, and first day ideas. This is a must for student teachers, new teachers, and substitutes!

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Substitute Teaching - Tricks of the Trade - Mr. Sturgeon

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While written with a sense of humor, the tips and practical ideas of this site are certain to keep you afloat as a sub (pardon the pun). If you have ...more
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While written with a sense of humor, the tips and practical ideas of this site are certain to keep you afloat as a sub (pardon the pun). If you have never subbed or are about to student teach, this is a must-read! In the rankings of respect, substitutes and student teachers rank closer to the bottom as the grade level goes up, so preparedness is vital to your success. God luck...and keep a sense of humor!

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What to Expect Your First Year of Teaching - US Dept of Ed

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Although originally created in 1998, this guide is still relevant (and kept online by the Dept of Ed because it is!). The biggest changes since the article was written have ...more
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Although originally created in 1998, this guide is still relevant (and kept online by the Dept of Ed because it is!). The biggest changes since the article was written have been in NCLB and other regulations. The advice is still sound, however, especially the checklist of tips.

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