Friday, April 10, 2020

Useful Information In and Out of the Classroom 04/10/2020

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

30 Gratitude Games and Activities for Kids to Practice Thankfulness – “Gratitude is a transformative power backed by science. Practicing gratitude can improve our health, help us build deep and lasting relationships, and has even been linked to a longer, more fulfilling life. One study showed that practicing gratitude is linked with an uptick in weekly exercise and it can increase our happiness by 25%! These 30 gratitude games and activities for kids will teach your children to appreciate both big and small moments, turn mistakes into learning lessons, and be thankful for loved ones.” (L:G;SA:A)

Mrs. Wordsmith’s Foolproof Guide to Handwashing – “Kids will love Mrs Wordsmith’s free, Foolproof Guide to Handwashing. A fun, illustrated guide to give kids the most important information they need - what viruses are, how they spread, and what kids can do to keep themselves safe. The key message? Keep washing those hands. And don't pick your nose!”  (L:G;SA:A)

99Math – “How to get kids to practice their math skills during school closures? 99math helps kids learn from home.” (L:E;SA:M)

Nine tips for moving secondary teaching online – “Here Chandy offers advice for middle and high school teachers who are teaching online for the first time. While these tips can work with any digital learning platform — even an improvised one — they are designed for schools where every student has access to a computer and an internet connection.” (L:M,H;SA:A)

Resources from Two EdTech Guys Webinars – “Rushton Hurley of Next Vista for Learning and Richard Byrne of Free Technology For Teachers take your questions and share cool stuff in their free Friday webinars.” (L:G;SA:A)

Write an If-Then Adventure Story – “Collaborate with classmates to create an interactive story using Google Slides.”  (L:G;SA:LA)

Original photo by Pat Hensley

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