Helpful Education Links (Mailing List Archive)
Bartleby.com is your source for
classic literature: fiction, non-fiction, verse, etc. Bartleby provides
full-length text free of charge and is great way to save your classroom
money. Search encyclopedias, anthologies, poetry, and an array of other
texts. Edgar Allan Poe to Mary Wollstonecraft - it's all here.
Teaching Tolerance is a fabulous resource.
This is the type of social curricula that encompasses every aspect of
our teaching. A deserving description isn't possible in such few words.
CHECK IT OUT.
If you're a member of NEA (National Education Association) / SCTA
(Student California Teachers Association), you receive a hardcopy of Instructor
magazine. Their website, an archive of this magazine, lists just about
every "best practice" you could search for as well as oodles and oodles
of inspiration for teachers. Be sure to check out the New
section as well.
Colorín Colorado is a bilingual reading site designed in both
English and Spanish. It provides information, activities, and advice to
Spanish-speaking parents looking for ways to help their children
succeed in school. The Educator's
Index supports teachers by providing skill-building activities that
draw upon Spanish-language songs and rhymes. The site explains the
impact that singing, talking, and reading with a young child can have
on early literacy. It also has advice for parents of school-age
children on how to communicate with teachers at school and encourage
learning at home.
Can you believe that we've found more free
resources? Amnesty International makes available four different
curriculum guides designed to address issues of human rights. "Speak
Truth to Power: An Educational and Advocacy Package," "September 11th
Crisis Response Guide," "Our World, Our Rights," and the "UDHR Poster
Series and Teachers Guide" are free per written request via the link
above. The guides apply to a broad range of coursework and are designed
for all elementary, junior high, and high school classrooms. A handful
of lesson plans are also available here.
* California Coastal
Free materials! The California Coastal
Commission currently makes available Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds, a science
activity guide designed for grades 3-8. Spanish supplements are
available in PDF format, applicable California state standards are
addressed, orientation workshops are provided, ... check it out! The Save
Our Seas curriculum is also available per written request.
* Peace Corps:
More great lesson plans! They do exist! This site
makes available "Building Bridges: A Peace Corps Classroom Guide to
Cross-Cultural Understanding" (a two-unit workbook on cross-cultural
awareness with a total of seventeen plans), links to information on
different countries and cultures (including videos and direct
correspondence with volunteers), recommended reading lists, as well as
separate lesson plans for grades 3-12. Truly wonderful! Check it out!
* My Ecological
Part of the Earth Day Network, the 2004 Ecological
Footprint Quiz is an eye-opening experience for both teachers and their
students. How many earths would we need to accomodate your lifestyle?
Once completed, you can find out ways to reduce your ecological
This is the site for
just about every piece of legislation or standard that you'll ever need
to know. You probably won't be perusing this site, but be sure to have
it on hand! * National
This National Geographic site is designed
specifically for educators and offers a plethora of lessons,
information, virtual tours, and exhibits. You can find everything from
star charts to daily life in the Middle East. It also has a wonderful
feature called One-Stop Research, which neatly organizes every ounce of
information you're looking for.
* Keep Schools Safe
A school safety
and security resource, Keep Schools Safe provides information for
parents, students, and the schools they attend. Bullying, natural
disasters, gang violence, drinking, and drugs are just some of the
* Arts Connected
Arts Connected is
a great source for art education. Part of the Minneaplois Institute of
Arts, it features a "playground" for your students, classroom material
for you (as well as possible free teacher training for your school),
and the traditional online gallery. Perhaps themost useful attraction
at the time being is the "Artist's
Toolkit" which will directly help you in ART 207 here on campus.
* Houghton Mifflin
The Houghton Mifflin website provides an abundance of information with
regards to student texts: elementary, secondary, college and otherwise.
PBS TeacherSource is a fantastic website that
includes an abundance of lesson plans with concepts across the
curriculum, as well as an opportunity to personalize the site to your
needs (i.e.: grade level, local program schedules, etc.). The NewsHour
Resources are perhaps even more spectacular, as they provide current
events with a list of questions and discussion activities directed at
each article. A wonderful resource.
* The New
The New York Times Learning Network is an
extraordinary site for both teachers and students. They have a lesson
plan archive with the most wonderful and inventive ideas for your
classroom - all ages, all subjects. Plans that truly make you think - a
cornerstone in democratic education!
Discovery School is an amazing resource! Lesson plans, homework
helpers, special features, ... it has links for educators, students,
and parents alike! If nothing else, the clip art gallery is a wonderful
feature for elementary computer classrooms. But we're sure you'll use
the site for much more than that!
ERIC is a national
information system that is funded by the US Department of Education. It
provides education-related literature and gives you the opportunity of
looking through either the "ERIC Database Search," "ERIC
Clearinghouses," or "ERIC Resources" - all of which are very useful.
* Family Education Network
The Family Education
Network has links for teachers, parents, and students. The most useful
seems to be TeacherVision (this use to be free but is no longer), the
Homework Relief Center (geared toward parents), and FunBrain.
Department of Education