November 11, 2018

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We Are Thankful for Our Substitutes

Substitute Educators Day is November 16th. Discover resources for when there is a substitute in the classroom: a curated list of some of our favorites for substitutes, a tool to help you pronounce names, and a responder that allows you to interact with students in real-time, virtually.

Grades K-12

Substitutes - Ideas and Resources

Discover this collection of reviewed resources selected to help both substitute teachers and regular teachers leaving instructions for a substitute. The list includes useful time-fillers for when plans are not a perfect fit, as well as additional tools.

Grades K-12


Never say the name wrong again. Create a master list for all students in your class. Students record their names using their own device. You can add phonetic spelling or pronunciation tips. Share the list with substitutes to listen and learn.

Grades K-12

Class Responder

This DAT (device agnostic tool) allows you to interact with students in real-time, using any device. Assign lessons, create quizzes and activities, then view student responses. Use this tool to stay connected, even when you may not be able to be in class.

Curated Collections of Teacher Treasures

Just in time for American Education Week, we share this trio of terrific teacher resources. Save time with our online tools collection, discover ideas for mentoring students, and learn about new tools for teaching digital citizenship.

Grades K-12

Online Tools and Timesavers - Editor's Choice

This time-saving collection helps you design the layout of your classroom, collect legally permissible signatures online, keep time, choose names randomly, control the noise in your classroom, print paper, and much more.

Grades K-12

Mentoring Resources

Discover tools to help you mentor, coach, lead, and teach your students. This collection provides you with resources for helping students prepare for college or a future career, anti-violence education, ways to empower girls, character building, and more.

Grades K-12

Digital Citizenship Resources

This collection offers tools for teaching digital citizenship, modeling good digital citizenship for your students, and keeping yourself up-to-date on digital citizenship trends and resources. Find inspiration in our classroom use suggestions.

Lessons for All Learners

Three recently reviewed by TeachersFirst resources offer ready-to-use lesson plans. You can also find tips for differentiation, art + technology, discussion guides, and standards. Read each of our teacher-based reviews for more information about tool features, classroom ideas, and more. 

Grades K-12

For the Teachers

These lesson ideas for all grades include differentiation tips (for content, assessment, and more), instructional strategies, and much more for teachers. Search for specific content using the keyword search or scroll down the home page to find topics.

Grades K-8

STEAM Art Lessons

Discover a rich collection of art and technology STEAM lessons, created by art teacher, Tricia Fuglestad. Each lesson consists of a link to the blog post describing the lesson. Many of the lessons also include a video overview of the activity.

Grades 6-12

POV for Educators

Navigate through these standards-aligned free lesson plans, discussion guides, and reading lists for over 200 online film clips from documentaries. Themes include Disabilities Issues, The Politics of Elections, Black History, Asian Americans and more.

This Week at TeachersFirst

Are you looking for some coding-in-the-classroom inspiration? Join us on Tuesday at 7 pm ET for our virtual workshop on MakeCode. Then return on Thursday for more coding-themed conversation via our bi-monthly Twitter chat #OK2Ask as we discuss Coding 101. And take a moment to respond to our weekly poll, which asks about your school's plans for American Education Week. 

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Virtual Workshop: Tuesday (11/13) at 7 pm ET

MakeCode: Bring Computational Thinking Into Any Classroom

Prepare students to use today’s digital tools to help solve tomorrow’s problems. Join us on Tuesday (11/13) to learn about MakeCode and the fundamentals of computational thinking. Explore Hacking STEM and discover classroom integration ideas.

Register for this virtual workshop »

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Twitter Chat: Thursday (11/15) at 8 pm ET

Coding 101

Join our edtech coaches this Thursday (11/15) at 8 pm ET to learn about coding tech tools during our #OK2Ask Twitter chat. Explore the fundamentals of coding and creation and use technology to inspire your students to problem solve and think critically.

Learn about our Twitter chats »

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What does your school do?

Weekly Poll

What does your school do for American Education Week? Share your plans with our community in our weekly poll. See others' responses after you submit your own.

Share your American Education Week plans »

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