May 3, 2020

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The novel coronavirus is changing the way we teach, and TeachersFirst is ready to help. Our upcoming issues are full of the same great resources you’ve come to expect—and new ideas on how to use them in the era of distance learning.
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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

This week, we pause to say THANK YOU to educators around the world. Despite school closures, uncertainty, and changes to the way we teach, we’ve seen teachers step up and continue to provide quality education for students—sometimes with little time to prepare. Thank you for being there to support our students. We think you are amazing!

You Make a Difference

This Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to pause and thank you for your unwavering service during this unusual time. As teachers, we’re all in this together. Say thanks to a colleague who has made the transition easier with these helpful digital tools.

Keep doing amazing things »

Happy Mother's Day

As students' first teachers, moms are stepping up right now too. With kids at home, many moms are working fulltime while balancing parenting responsibilities. Encourage students to thank mom with this collection of resources, many include a vitual gift.

Help your students celebrate mom »

Professional Learning in May

We have many professional learning opportunities to offer this month, including virtual workshops, twitter chats, blog posts, and new resources designed to help you navigate distance learning. The offerings start this week, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to add to your teaching toolbox!

OK2Ask® Virtual Workshops

Join us for a free, hands-on virtual workshop this Tuesday (5/5) at 7 PM ET. Explore, compare, and contrast three free online tools for creating timelines and discover ways to integrate them into your educational setting.

Explore 3 timeline tools to use in your lessons »

Virtual Field Trips: Take Students on an Adventure

This Thursday (5/7) at 8 PM ET, join us and your peers for a Twitter Chat to explore ways to use virtual field trips in various educational settings and discuss the benefits of different types of virtual field trips. Use the hashtag #OK2Ask.

Use virtual field trips to support instructional goals »

May is Blooming with Resources

This week, we’re sharing a few fabulous resources to use during your distance learning lessons that highlight Screen-Free Saturday, National Inventors Month, and the anniversary of the first comic in a newspaper. Don’t forget to take a moment to share your thoughts in our weekly poll!

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Screen-Free Saturdays

In this time of distance learning, Screen-Free Week has become Screen-Free Saturdays. Unplug to recharge every Saturday in May and turn off your devices in favor of connection, reflection, going outside, and quality time.

Get screen-free ideas for the great outdoors »

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Encourage creativity and innovation

Celebrate Inventors

Started in 1998 by the United Inventors Association to celebrate the United States' innovators, May is National Inventors Month. Our CurriConnect booklist is brimming with books to share about inventors and inventions. Many are also available online.

Discover books about the world's innovators »

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Challenge students to create comics

Comics out of the Classroom

"Join or Die," were the words of the first cartoon in an American newspaper on May 9, 1754. To celebrate this anniversary, we’ve shared a collection of comics tools that could be used for summarization and assessment.

Use comics in the classroom »

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Share your thoughts

Weekly Poll

This week our poll is related to distance learning. How are you grading students at this time? Is your school continuing with regular grades, offering only pass/unmet, or are you forgoing grading and marking work complete?

View other educators' replies when you submit your response »

More to Explore at TeachersFirst

Access these 6 additional areas of TeachersFirst for more free, quality educational resources for teaching remotely. 

Resources for Teaching Remotely

Reading Treks

Classroom Planning Calendar

BYOD Tools for Any Device

TogetheREAD Book List

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