You know the drill as well as I do: summer break is over and preparations for our newbies must be finished as soon as yesterday.
Here are 6 back-to-school resources that will help make your school year successful:
Details and free samples of all of these resources await you at the other end of the permalink below. Have a safe and successful year, and especially, thanks for all you will do with our kids!
Fresh off the keyboard, Level Up on Reading, Volume 1 is now available for middle school language arts. If your kids are reading on a lower level than they should, you may want to check this one out!
Level Up on Reading, Volume 1 contains 10, 5-page reading comprehension packets drawn from engaging works of fiction, nonfiction, and autobiography. What makes this reading resource unique is its cohesive, step-by-step approach to autonomous learning mastery.
To see the full details for yourself, just follow the permalink below.
They're bored already?!? We'll never hear them admit it, but this early into summer break, many kids are fit to be tied. So, why not tie them into a few good books?
Whether you're a teacher or a parent, this recently-updated page of reading resources may be just what you need to give those young minds an entertaining challenge. Here you'll find the latest Newbery and Caldecott Medal books, as well as the top 10 graphic novels of 2016.
Also featured on this page are Book Adventure, a wonderful online resource that suggests book titles based on student interests, and the Goldilocks Test, a quick and easy way to determine the difficulty level of any text.
To see these resources (and more) for yourself, just follow the permalink below.
Our precious, annual rite of passage is finally upon us. Please enjoy, to the fullest extent, every inch of this special time of the year in whatever way pleases you most.
Me? I’m headed for eastern Tennessee. The fresh mountain air and the staggering views are all I’ll need to let the stresses of the classroom and the school year fall far away into the trees below…
How about you? Please share with us an item or two from your to-do list for the summer! It’s easy. Just follow the permalink below and place “Summer Plans” anywhere in your title.
A couple of years ago, a teacher posted the following idea to an email list I subscribed to. I admired that teacher, whose project for the last days of school was not only fun but also challenged students to use what they had learned in the previous months.
To read the rest of this engaging post from Education World, just click on the permalink below.
Or even better, please share your ideas for this challenging time of year with your fellow colleagues and me! Just click on the calendar image above to participate.
Just let me know that you’d like me to stop by!
We are currently in Chattanooga, and we’re headed for Nashville, Louisville, Lexington, Knoxville, and then on to Sevierville, Tennessee, and Columbia, South Carolina.
If you’re along that route, and you’d like to get one of these resource folders, simply follow the permalink below to drop me a request!
Categories of strategies included here are remembering, understanding, classifying, applying, and analyzing to name just a few.
To see the specific strategies listed for each of these categories (and the ones not listed), simply follow the permalink below.
The folks at WeAreTeachers.com, the compilers of this list, certainly agree with me.
Titles here include The Most Dangerous Game, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, and The Fun They Had to name just a few.
To see the rest of the list simply follow the permalink below.
Teachers and students can choose from 5 layout options for newspapers and flyers and 1 option for brochures. Text added to the templates can be modified using a simple WYSIWYG editor, which allows students to choose text features, such as font size and color. A basic planning sheet is also available to help students gather ideas before working with this cool, interactive tool.
This is a barebones basic desktop publisher, to be sure, but certainly adequate for young publishers.
To send your young journalists on their free journey to publication, just follow the permalink below.
I have a free, 18-page resource packet ready for you—just let me know!
If you teach in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, or South Carolina, I may be able to stop by. We’ll be headed to that region during the last week of April and first week of May.
Although I’d love to meet you, I don’t plan to disturb your instructional day in any way. As a result, I’ll be happy to leave this free packet with your front office staff, as I did at West Chatham Middle School in Savannah (pictured here).
If you’d like me to stop by, just follow the permalink below—but, don’t delay. We leave in just a few weeks!
For full details and a free, 12-Sign Sampler Pack just follow the permalink below.
This free, game-like, random name selector would be great to use in your classroom. Just enter your kids’ names, click “Go,” and it scrolls the names from bottom to top to select the “winner.” One button click removes the selected name from the list before the selector runs again.
Go ahead. Click on the image at the right and give it a go!
Zack Vogel from Lyons High School in Kansas is the creator of this cool, little utility. He also happens to be the most recent honoree in our Website Award Showcase.
You haven’t created your own utility? No problem. You can still submit your site for a Top 50 Classroom Website! Just follow the permalink below to participate.
There’s no place like home for the holidays, as they sing. And this is, indeed, a time for us to sing in whatever manner makes us and our loved ones happy. Best wishes from our home to yours!
The recently updated Tablet Tutor collection is ready for online access. Yep, these puppies will run on ANY internet-connected device except for smartphones.
Don’t need all 12 mini lessons? No problem. Just grab the one(s) that interest you!
The mini lessons currently available cover…
I’ve tried my best to load these apps with engaging, instructional content, and to include plenty of tap, swipe, and drag-and-drop interactivity to maintain interest and engagement. Now, it’s up to you and your kids to decide if I succeeded.
For full details and complete, fully-functioning free trials, just follow the permalink below.
This last week of October six years ago today found me trying to launch a new website for my colleagues. By the end of that month, Daily Teaching Tools rose slowly into the internet with one single page aboard.
Somehow over the course of those ten final days of October, fifteen teachers magically arrived for an exploratory visit.
Thanks to each of you for giving this vessel direction.
Tools is now clocking 125,000+ monthly visitors and growing. Nearly two million teachers have explored the 140+ pages (and increasing) that wire this site.
You are the fuel in this journey. Thank you, my fellow teacher, for giving this craft speed.
I raise my glass to you.
You have to be a teacher in Chattanooga or Nashville, Tennessee; Louisville or Lexington, Kentucky; the Sevierville region of Tennessee; Columbia, South Carolina; or Savannah, Georgia.
This packet (3 pages shown here) contains graphic organizers, practice reading tests, a complete reading comprehension activity, and others materials that can be used straight out of the folders I’m bringing.
Although I’d love to meet you, I don’t plan to disturb your instructional day in any way. As a result, I’ll be happy to leave them with your front office staff.
If you’d like me to stop by, just follow the permalink below—but, hurry. We leave in just a few days!
For full details plus a free, sample preview, just follow the permalink below.
For full details plus a free, fully-functioning demo, just follow the permalink below.
Today’s warm up activity is visible, and the kids are on-task right away—with just one click of the mouse!
There are 9, 5-minute activities (with looping animations) for each of the following 5 word/vocabulary skills:
And there are WAY more bells and whistles with these puppies than space allows here.
For full details, AND the complete, fully-functioning demo, just follow the permalink below.
Yep, that’s yours truly with Tools’ very first guest author, Janice Malone. We met up in Mousetown (you probably call it “Orlando”), Florida, for a TpT conference last week.
As mentioned in the title of this post, meeting up with a teacher who visits this site is truly a rarity. But, to meet someone who has actually written an article for Daily Teaching Tools was something I had never imagined.
If you haven’t had a chance to read Janice’s guest author’s post entitled, “Writing Secrets: Inspiration in a Remedial Writing Lab,” check it out when you have a chance.
More importantly, Janice’s many TpT instructional resources for language arts teachers may be just what you’ve been looking for as we begin preparing for the new school year!
To see if you agree with me, just follow the permalink below for her complete listing.
The class of 2028? Is anybody really that young?!?
These cute, little kindergartners who attend Mr. Krokos’s class certainly are. The bountiful slideshows, song videos, and class project vignettes posted on this site are truly heart-warming.
If you want an idea or two for your classroom site, or if you just want your awww moment for the day, just follow the permalink below. By the way, Mr. Krokos plays a mean Hendrix-esque Star Spangled Banner that really is a must-see-listen.
Do you have a website you’d like to nominate? It’s simple and easy!
You’ve probably been set free by now, or you soon will be...
We have a new feature called Trending in Our Classrooms, and it will have lots of creative ideas about things that you may like to do with your kids in the coming school year.
Because Trending in Our Classrooms is updated daily, you’re sure to find some compelling strategies, resources, and tech ideas that will be well-suited for opening a new school year with style and substance.
To see today’s issue, simply follow the permalink below. Or, if you would care to continue reading the article shown above, just click on its boxed image.
Thank you for all you did for your kids during this school year and for all the things you will do with that new bunch that will come your way soon!
Won’t you take a moment to look at this?!?
It’s a classroom website that features a horizontal collage of photos running at topside—and, they provide the navigation to the contents.
The visitor simply selects a thumbnail photo of interest to link into and explore what you might expect to find on such a site, along with a variety of resources. These include GO Math!, the Oakland Public Library, Khan Academy, PBS Learning Media, and TIME Edge, to name a few.
Many thanks to Maurice Williams, a multi-subject seventh grade teacher at the American Indian Public School in Oakland, California, for submitting this for a website award.
To have a look for yourself, just click the horizontal collage above. Or, to nominate your classroom website, simply follow the permalink below.
I’m going to grab my bundles of free teaching resources and get back on the road again.
If you teach in Chattanooga, Nashville, or Knoxville, TN; Lexington, KY; Columbia, SC; or Savannah, GA, I’ll be headed your way during the first and second week of May.
If I promise not to disturb your instructional day, would you care if I stop by?
Each of my free bundles contains…
I’ll only bug your front office people--what you’re doing is far more important than entertaining a teacher from another part of the country.
I’d love to receive an informal invitation. Just follow the permalink below, and I’ll do my best to get there!
Teachers have been always dreamed of ways to save their time and energy while staying productive.
Dreams do come true, and I’m happy to live in a time when teachers can effortlessly and effectively work with students.
This is because of the variety of online tools that have been developed for educational needs. I’ve tried many of them, and I chose 7 of the best that both my students and I enjoy using in the classroom.
And now, I’d like to share my collection with you! To continue reading, just follow the permalink below.
Grab them individually for less than the price of lunch, OR save 50% on the following bundles:
They all run nicely on ALL of the most popular web browsers--whether you use Windows or Mac, these guys are ready to start teaching for you.
Those animated, reading comprehension tutors have returned. And, they’re even better the second time around!
The newly-updated Comprehension Bundle includes the following 7 mini lessons:
They all run nicely on all of the most popular web browsers. So, whether you use Windows or Mac, these guys are ready to start teaching for you.
With free trials available and a 50% discount on the purchase price, what’s not to like? For full details, free trials, and that money-saving offer, just follow the permalink below.
5 Ways to inject fun into lessons without busting your budget is the focus of this article from our newest guest author.
Susan Lee, an elementary teacher with 30 years of classroom experience, shares her ideas for incorporating choice, building movement into the flow of lessons, and staging context-targeted drama to engage student interest and enthusiasm.
Additionally, Susan discusses 2 more strategies for adding elements of fun into the classroom experience. For complete details, just follow the permalink below.
Take a break from your kids for awhile...
The 7 newly-updated mini lessons found in The Literature Bundle are…
If you like what you see in the free trials, you may snag these mini lessons individually or save 50% with the purchase of the bundle.
For complete details and access links, please follow the permalink below.
Unfortunately, ALL of the MicroLessons are temporarily inoperable.
Yep. Free and full trials of every last one of them…
When I discovered this just a couple of days ago, I got back to my chair from the floor, researched the problem (the source of which may surprise you), rolled up my sleeves, and got immediately to work.
All of the MicroLessons will be back up and fully-functioning no later than March 30 of this year. The first group of 7 comprising the Literature Bundle should be done on or before January 28.
If you were unable to preview the free trials, please bookmark the MicroLesson page(s) that interest you. Then, come on back from time to time to see if they’re ready for a test drive.
If you have already purchased MicroLesson(s), I will send you replacements completely free of charge. Just follow the permalink below to fill out the brief Product Update Request and to learn the details of what happened and what I’m doing to fix it.
And finally, there are pleasant surprises coming!
There’s no place like home for the holidays, as they sing. And this is, indeed, a time for us to sing in whatever manner makes us and our loved ones happy. Best wishes from my home to yours!
Included here are reference and interactive materials for literature commonly taught in most schools, including To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Bridge of San Luis Rey.
Mrs. Rains, who is a Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award recipient for 2015, actively employs social media on her site, and student commentary reveals their engagement and enthusiasm. Through her efforts with Donors Choose, a website that helps schools fund educational projects, Mrs. Rice’s greatly-expanded classes received enough funding to purchase copies of The Bridge of San Luis Rey.
To have a look for yourself, just click the pair of books above. Or, to nominate your classroom website, simply follow the permalink below.
Ms. Rice, a seventh grade math teacher and Harvard graduate, is the creator of this clean, uncluttered, web resource for her students and their parents. And, it’s stacked with great content.
There are numerous how-to-do-math videos on topics that are way beyond me. A small sampling of these topics include order of operations, absolute value, and my personal favorite, expanding and factoring using the distributive property.
Another great resource that Ms. Rice has included here is a collection of tutorials from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Math Steps. I’m not as strong in math as Ms. Rice’s kids soon will be, but I think she has created a great reference and model for math teachers everywhere.
To have a look for yourself, just follow the permalink below. Or, to nominate your classroom website, simply click on the award shown above.
Yeah. You read that headline right!
Tablet Tutor: Parts of Speech Bundle, covering all 8 parts of speech, is now available at 50% off the price of purchasing the mini lessons individually.
Plus, you get the Bonus Enrichment Pack absolutely free of charge!
The Tablet Tutor: Parts of Speech Bundle will run on any internet-connected device (except for smartphones).
No matter what type of technology is available to the kids at your school, I sincerely hope that they learn just as much as I did while developing these apps. And, hopefully, they’ll have just as much fun.
Fully-operational demos of all the mini lessons included in this bundle, along with details about that Free Bonus Enrichment Pack, are at the other end of the permalink below. Enjoy what’s left of your summer!
Group sing-alongs? Nope. Interactive learning? That’s a big, ginormous, Absolutely Yep!
"Identifying Conjunctions and Interjections," the final parts of speech app in the Tablet Tutor collection, is ready for a test drive.
In case you missed this over the last couple of months, Tablet Tutor will run on any internet-connected device (except for smartphones). Just point your kids’ browser to this interactive resource, and let them learn, individually and interactively.
Upon completion, your new kids will be able to…
Especially if you don’t have to teach them!
Just point your kids’ browser to this interactive resource, and let Lakeisha do the heavy lifting for you. Identify Prepositions, the 6th mini lesson in the parts of speech series for Tablet Tutor will run on any internet-connected device (except for smartphones).
Upon completion, those kids coming your way soon will be able to…