Here are some interesting sites that I’ve found this week, thanks to my PLN. As a teacher, I feel we have to keep up to date concerning research in our field and current issues in the education system. I hope some of these inspire you, inform you, and even have you asking questions. Thank you for coming by and visiting!
Note: Each resource is labeled with a level and subject area to make it easier to use.
Levels: E: Elementary; M: Middle; H: High; G: General, all levels; SN: Special Needs; T: Teachers
Subject Areas: LA: Language Arts, English, Reading, Writing; M: Math; S: Science; Health; SS: Social Studies, Current Events; FA: Fine Arts; Music, Art, Drama; FL: Foreign Language; PE: Physical Ed; C: Career; A: All
Growth Mindset – by Classdojo; “In 1978, Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck made a profound discovery: children who believed their intelligence could grow did better in school, and better in life. She called this basic belief about intelligence “mindset.” In 2016, Carol Dweck’s lab at Stanford, PERTS, partnered with ClassDojo to bring this important lesson to classrooms everywhere through a five episode video series.” (L:E; SA:A)
Bedtime Math – “Every day, we serve up a quick bite of wacky math just for fun. It’s nothing like school. Parents can sign up by email, on our website, and on our free app. Whether it’s flamingos, ninjas or pillow forts, kids can see the math in their favorite topics. No logins. No drilling. No scores. It takes only 5 minutes a day, and kids clamor for it. Our Crazy 8s math club is designed to get elementary school kids fired up about math. Every week, kids get to build stuff, run and jump, make a mess… and make friendships at the same time. Our fun, free kit makes it easy to host your own after-school club for 10-20 kids. It’s nothing like your usual math club.” (L:E; SA:M)
CSpan Classroom – “free primary source materials for social studies teachers.” There is also a free electoral college map for members (it is free to join). (L:G; SA:A)
5 Dice – free iPad app; “A math game intended for upper elementary and middle school students that helps students enjoy practicing their order of operations. The game encourages students to use higher order thinking to solve the "target" number by working backwards given the answer but not the equation. The best feature about this simple math game is that teachers are able to receive immediate feedback of their students’ progress through email.” (L:E,M; SA:M)
Quizalize – “Make fun games on any topic, to play in class or as homework” (L:T; SA:A)
Original photo by Pat Hensley