July 23, 2017
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Make a Difference with Your Students
With July being National Make a Difference to Children Month, it's the perfect time to "celebrate" with the help of these teacher-reviewed tech tools focused on character, integrity, and values.
Coaching Boys Into Men
CBIM trains and motivates high school coaches to teach young male athletes healthy relationship skills and that violence never equals strength. Teachers, counselors, parents, and anyone working with boys can also benefit from CBIM communities.
Perfect for your back to school tech toolbox, share this site and downloadable free ebook about empowerment. Encourage students to become role models and mentors in your community. See the full review for many creative ideas that your students will love.
Kids Are Heroes
Learn about young kids making a difference in communities, schools, and lives. Search by country or state. You can nominate students or schools. Share with your students to demonstrate how they can make a difference in your school and community.
A Mighty Girl
Infuse confidence in your girls! Enjoy an extensive collection of books, movies, toys, and movies depicting smart, confident, and courageous females! Search by topic, age, social issues, and more. Share with families on your class website or blog.
Peruse the many stories and ideas of community and volunteerism at this site dedicated to creating a global movement for good. Students can find ways to take action both online and off as well as create their own plans for making a difference.
Tools for High School Students to 'Make a Difference'
Share these three tools with your high school students to find ideas, inspiration, and collaboration. Engagement with these resources will help pave the way for their future choices.
This reviewed PBS site includes an original series featuring young people as they travel the country interviewing inspiring leaders. Students can explore the site's many innovative resources designed to help them connect their interests to careers.
Chatterhigh makes exploring careers fun and simple through gamification. Students take a daily 10-point quiz to earn points and prizes! They can also use their quiz answers to find the careers that best match their personalities and interests.
Children and Youth in History
Take your students back in time to learn about heroes from history. Check out this teacher reviewed site and find primary sources, case studies, and teaching modules. The teaching modules include activities, lesson plans, and more.
Curated Collections by TeachersFirst
Find on abundance of tips and book suggestions gathered by our TeachersFirst editors. One collection highlights being responsible with self-care, while the other collection talks about character traits (integrity, giving, service, and more).
CurriConnects: Taking Care of Me
Explore our collection of books about healthy habits and personal wellness. This list, mostly fiction, offers topics such as fitness, healthy eating habits, wellness, and healthy approaches to sports. Use this booklist in health, PE, or science classes.
Gifts of Character Readalouds
What better way to teach positive character traits, than by reading about them in a good book! Share our eclectic booklist with your students. Consider reading these stories at the beginning of the school year to promote good citizenship in class.
This Week @ TeachersFirst
Join us for professional learning by attending one of our virtual workshops on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week. Catch up on our recent blog posts. And don't forget to cast your vote on our weekly poll.
Summer sessions are still sizzling!
Virtual Workshops Galore!
"Tech out" with our free professional learning workshops. [TUESDAY] Learn about cutting edge classroom tech tools! [WEDNESDAY] Help us decide the winner of our Tech Tool Smackdown! [THURSDAY] Earn a Microsoft Innovative Educator badge at our MIE Day.
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Is summertime for relaxation or learning? Have you made time this summer to read something just for fun? Is this a summer solstice or a meteorological summer? Find the answers to these summer-tastic questions in our July blog entries!
I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for . . .
If you are already back to school, this is National Ice Cream Month and, therefore, the perfect time to bring your students a sweet treat. Our poll this week asks what is your favorite way to enjoy this frozen treat?
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