TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Jun 11, 2023

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Classroom Management: Face-to-Face, Hybrid, & Virtual - TeachersFirst

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Discover many resources and ideas for creating positive and effective learning environments in any classroom using the learning modules provided by TeachersFirst. Choose from modules...more
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Discover many resources and ideas for creating positive and effective learning environments in any classroom using the learning modules provided by TeachersFirst. Choose from modules offered by grade levels, virtual classroom management, or technology that provides specific procedures utilizing age/grade-appropriate classroom management tools and techniques in your classroom. If desired, receive a professional development certificate by signing up and completing the course questionnaire.

tag(s): classroom management (126), professional development (395), remote learning (59)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the learning modules shared on this site to learn new classroom management ideas or revitalize your current classroom management procedures. Share this information with peers during your grade-level planning sessions to support fellow educators and collaborate on best practices. If you would like to document your understanding and participation in completing the learning modules, complete the course questionnaire and share it with your school or district's professional learning team to obtain professional learning documentation.

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Professional Learning Log - TeachersFirst

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The Professional Learning Log shared by TeachersFirst is a form that provides documentation of independent participation in TeachersFirst professional learning opportunities. Choose...more
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The Professional Learning Log shared by TeachersFirst is a form that provides documentation of independent participation in TeachersFirst professional learning opportunities. Choose the provided link to access and open the learning log in Microsoft Word or as a Google Doc. Add information that includes the activity, date, and time spent on the learning opportunity. Next, complete each section that discusses TeachersFirst resources accessed, such as Twitter Chats, blog posts, or OK2Ask webinars. Next, complete the summary and next steps portions to reflect upon your learning and plan for future implementation of the ideas learned.

tag(s): professional development (395)

In the Classroom

Use the information on this page and the accompanying form to take advantage of the many professional learning opportunities offered by TeachersFirst and receive professional development credits from your school or district. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to use online resources such as Canva Edu, reviewed here, Microsoft products, and Elementari, reviewed here. Document your professional learning as you learn about classroom strategies found in the TeachersFirst blog posts,found here or through interactions with professionals worldwide when participating in TeachersFirst's bi-weekly Twitter Chats, found here.

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Writer's Workshop - TeachersFirst

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K to 6
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What is a writer's workshop? How do I get started? Where can I find resources? This exclusive resource from TeachersFirst answers these questions and much more. Begin with a quick ...more
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What is a writer's workshop? How do I get started? Where can I find resources? This exclusive resource from TeachersFirst answers these questions and much more. Begin with a quick overview of how to set up a writer's workshop and suggestions for incorporating the writing process into your workshop. Next, visit the links that include a grade-by-grade look into having the writer's workshop in primary classrooms. In addition to links with ideas by grade level, this section also includes ideas for differentiation and links to helpful digital resources. Lastly, visit the Downloadable Resources and Planning Sheets link, which contains an assortment of printable organizers, templates, and printable documents.

tag(s): creative writing (119), descriptive writing (38), expository writing (31), letter writing (18), paragraph writing (15), persuasive writing (55), writers workshop (31), writing (317)

In the Classroom

Bookmark this site and the many resources to include with your other lessons and activities for your writer's workshop. Use Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share and organize student resources. For example, include letter writing templates, links to online dictionaries and thesauruses, and examples of writing projects for students to access easily. Extend learning by asking students to share writing projects by choosing from various multimedia tools. For example, ask emerging writers to share their stories using Write Reader, reviewed here. Write Reader includes options for adding recordings, a place for student writing, and correct spelling on each page. Another digital book creator to share with students is StoryJumper, reviewed here. StoryJumper includes options for writing and sharing collaborative stories and uploading custom images, including custom characters designed by the story author.
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TeachersFirst Infusing Technology Blog - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find hands-on, technology-infused ideas with the snack-size informative posts shared by TeachersFirst blog authors. Each post shares ideas for incorporating free resources into classrooms...more
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Find hands-on, technology-infused ideas with the snack-size informative posts shared by TeachersFirst blog authors. Each post shares ideas for incorporating free resources into classrooms based on the latest frameworks for effectively using technology to enhance learning. Not only do the blogs have technology-infused ideas, but the topics are always spot on for your classroom, using monthly celebrations such as Women's History, Black History, holidays, Get Caught Reading, and other appropriate topics like Using Cartoons to Empower Student Voice, Using Rubrics When teaching Remotely, and many more. Use the search feature to find and read blog posts for any topic. Don't forget to subscribe using your RSS feed and receive alerts with the latest posts.

tag(s): blogs (65), preK (258), teaching strategies (41)

In the Classroom

Bookmark and save this site as a professional development resource to keep you up to date with the latest technology and ideas on incorporating tech into any classroom. Share ideas with your peers during professional development sessions as you discuss your curriculum and ways to enhance learning. Take advantage of the information linked in the blog posts to expand your knowledge of the latest online resources and teaching frameworks.

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Help! I lost my library/media specialist - TeachersFirst

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Help I lost my library/media specialist offers read-along and activity ideas written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist for schools where budget cuts have...more
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Help I lost my library/media specialist offers read-along and activity ideas written by an experienced elementary library/media specialist for schools where budget cuts have forced the elimination of the library/media specialist. Although nothing can replace the specialized knowledge of a teacher-librarian, you have students whose elementary years are passing quickly. Find new features about once a month, suggestions that classroom teachers or parent volunteers can offer as positive experiences in the school library/media center throughout the elementary grades. Planned features will include both professional articles on promoting reading and activities to do directly with students.

tag(s): book lists (162), independent reading (86), literacy (110), reading lists (79)

In the Classroom

Mark this one in your favorites as you plan for classroom or library read-along and information literacy lessons. Share the ideas with parent volunteers and other teachers within your school as you struggle to "do more with less." Use the "share" widget to send great ideas to fellow teachers or afterschool program coordinators, as well. Share the URL for the current read-along list on your class web page so parents can do read-alongs at home, too. Need help finding the books you want from this list in your school library? Use the ISBNs to search for them on interlibrary loan from a local public library.

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OK2Ask - TeachersFirst

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OK2Ask'® is TeachersFirst's series of virtual workshops available in both live (for credit) and on-demand (without credit) formats. These sessions, scheduled at convenient times...more
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OK2Ask'® is TeachersFirst's series of virtual workshops available in both live (for credit) and on-demand (without credit) formats. These sessions, scheduled at convenient times for you to attend from any computer or tablet, will share great ideas you can use in your classroom, are free courtesy of The Source for Learning, and are led by TeachersFirst''® ed tech coaches. These hands-on sessions are useful and teacher-friendly. You can earn Professional Development Certificates for attending the LIVE sessions (and completing the requirements) or learn independently from the archived recordings. Approved by special arrangement for re-licensure credit in Texas, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Illinois. Sessions are correlated to the ISTE standards for Educators.

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Attend OK2Ask'® sessions with your teacher friends or "meet" teachers from far and wide. Mark OK2Ask in your Favorites. Then check back often for new offerings during the school year and summer breaks. During the school year, LIVE OK2Ask sessions are usually offered on Tuesday evenings in a 90-minute format. You can earn Professional Development Certificates for attending the LIVE sessions (and completing the requirements) or learn on your own from the archived recordings.

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Building Schoolwide Literacy With Free Web 2.0 Tools: A Grade by Grade Elementary Model - TeachersFirst

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K to 8
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The Source for Learning offers this model for elementary (or middle) schools to build skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening systematically in a schoolwide model including...more
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The Source for Learning offers this model for elementary (or middle) schools to build skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening systematically in a schoolwide model including students, teachers, and parents. The free Web 2.0 tools suggested here are by no means the only tools that might work. These exemplary tools were chosen by the TeachersFirst Editors for ease of use and versatility in classroom and home use and could easily be implemented at grade levels other than those suggested here. As students and teachers master a new tool at each grade level, they develop rich literacy skills and vital technology skills, all in the context of reading, writing, speaking and listening across the curriculum.

tag(s): listening (73), speaking (22)

In the Classroom

Explore the tools and project suggestions by grade for your individual use as a teacher or work together with others in your school to build literacy across all subjects and grades by systematically adopting and repeatedly using a fixed collection of tools so students master the tool skills as an aside to reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Try the practical suggestions for implementing this model in your school or grade level team.

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Adapt-a-Strategy for ENL/ESL - TeachersFirst

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Need clarification about ESL vs. ELL vs. ENL? You will find that with this professional learning module. Next, learn about the different frameworks and pedagogies. Then the need for...more
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Need clarification about ESL vs. ELL vs. ENL? You will find that with this professional learning module. Next, learn about the different frameworks and pedagogies. Then the need for getting to know your student is explained, and finally, move to vocabulary, reading, writing, mathematics, technology, science/social studies, art and music, and physical education strategies. Adapt your existing lesson plans using these simple strategies to help ENL students. Click on the activity type you have planned and find suggestions and resources to help your ENL/ESL students be successful with the lesson. Some of the same strategies may help students with IEPs for speech and language or learning support.

tag(s): teaching strategies (41)

In the Classroom

Share this one with your colleagues who also have ENL/ESL students.

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Rubrics to the Rescue - TeachersFirst- Melissa Henning, M.Ed.

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1 to 12
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TeachersFirst expains the essentials of rubrics: What are they, why use them, types of rubrics, and ideas for involving students in creating rubrics. The article includes links to online...more
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TeachersFirst expains the essentials of rubrics: What are they, why use them, types of rubrics, and ideas for involving students in creating rubrics. The article includes links to online tools for creating rubrics or to find ready-made rubrics, ready for download. Teachers old and new will like the succinct explanations and ready tools for authentic assessment.

tag(s): assessment (146), newbies (14), rubrics (34)

In the Classroom

Mark this resource as a Favorite for quick access to everything you need to create a project-based learning assignment or assessment for any project. Share this resource with other teachers at your school.

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