Friday, March 20, 2020

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 03/20/2020

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

A Woman’s Place Is in the Curriculum: Teaching Women’s History through American Art and Portraiture – “Recently I worked with a team of educators at my museum and the National Portrait Gallery to develop/produce/create a teaching poster set and related webinar series designed to bring diverse women’s stories into the classroom through American art and portraiture. Funded by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative – Because of Her Story – our project aims to connect these artworks to relevant, interdisciplinary themes and support teachers with ideas for using them. Women’s stories have always been integral to American history, but they have often been marginalized or erased from K-12 education – presented as peripheral to the main story or highlighted only during Women’s History Month. Without question, women of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community have been doubly – sometimes triply – marginalized.  In fall 2019, SAAM and NPG educators co-facilitated webinars designed to bring some of these untold stories into focus.  Each of the three thematic webinars has its own Learning Lab collection, which includes two images from the teaching poster set, as well as additional SAAM and NPG works, along with suggested visual literacy strategies…” (L:G;SA:LA,SS)

Foldscope – This is not free but it is so cool that I had to share it with you. The cost is pretty low for a classroom set ($35). “Foldscope is the ultra-affordable paper microscope. It was designed to be portable and durable, while performing on par with conventional research microscopes (140X magnification and 2 micron resolution).” (L:G;SA:LA,S)

99Math – “Exciting 5-minute math games to get students to the next level.” (L:G;SA:M)

Short Films – great animated short films (L:G;SA:LA,S)

22 Powerful Closure Activities – “Quick activities that can be used to check for understanding or emphasize key information at the end of a lesson.”

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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