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September 28, 2015

Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®

October is in the air! Enjoy the smells of pumpkins with spice. Pumpkins may look great, but don’t taste like much without some spice. Don’t let your teaching be a pumpkin: nice to look at, but bland. Instead, stir in some spice for learning using TeachersFirst.


Still Seeking New Contributors
Do you enjoy helping colleagues learn about technology? Would you like to use that passion to contribute to TeachersFirst? The Source For Learning (SFL) is currently looking for new contributors for our TeachersFirst community. If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out this Google form.


Coming Up... On the Calendar
The TeachersFirst Classroom Planning Calendar offers resources related to events and observations on the calendar all throughout the year.

National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Bullying Prevention Month
International Dinosaur Month
National Fire Prevention Week
Earth Science Week
Columbus Day


So with several weeks under your “teaching belt,” what continues to be your biggest challenge? Possibly you are having difficulty getting your students back on the school routine? Maybe you are challenged with the varying levels in your class and differentiating for all? This week’s Teacher Poll asks: What is your biggest (classroom) challenge in September? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


Are You Ready For an Adventure?
Globetraker’s Mission: Locating Louie returns this year for social studies classes in grades 2-6. Preview Globetracker’s Mission on October 4, 2015. The mission officially kicks off on October 25, 2015. Follow the travels of teens Geo and Meri as they traverse across North America and blog about it along the way. Readers get to vote on their next steps! Set aside time in your plans. You don’t want to miss this Mission!


OK2Ask: FREE Online PD
Registration is now OPEN for all fall sessions. We have several NEW sessions! Read our FAQ for general information about certificates, etc. Please be sure to read the detailed descriptions and suggested technology comfort levels BEFORE you register for the best match for your learning needs.


Professional Exploration: Differentiation
NOW is the time to explore the various ideas for differentiating instruction for all students. Find strategies for ESL/ELL students, Autism and Asperger’s resources, ways to nourish gifted students with technology and more!


Featured Sites
This week in our Featured Sites you'll find:  

  • Think Before you Link
  • Merlin Photos
  • Scaling Everest
  • 180 Days Challenge
  • Q-Files
  • Tom Richey on YouTube
  • Global Trend Map
  • Word Cloud Generator
  • Pandas!
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this October 4 or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived September 27th Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.


May TeachersFirst be your place to find the spice to add to your teaching pumpkin!

The TeachersFirst Team