Useful sites for teachers

Note that this page is aimed primarily at K-12 teachers. Those teaching at higher levels will find appropriate resources at Useful reference & subject sites for college students & teachers.

General resources

EdTech has a post up telling about Google’s Search Education site, which contains lesson plans and activities for teaching good online search skills.

Online Masters in Education has created a list of the 100 Best Web Resources for Educators in 2012. It’s divided into preschool, elementary, middle, and high school.

The Guardian website has a section called the Teacher Network that "gives teachers access to 70,000 pages of lesson plans and interactive teaching materials", including a bank of testing material that you can use to build your own tests and deliver online or in print.

Edutopia has a "Schools That Work" site, where you can "Discover successful schools and strategies across the country -- and use their best teaching practices, training materials, and rubrics with your students". http://www.edutopia.org/schools-that-work

For those interested in the Waldorf approach to learning, a new website inspired by Waldorf Education provides age-appropriate movement activities and a number of articles.
http://www.movementforchildhood.com/

Worksheet Library is a nicely done site by a group of teachers, with a large collection of free and paid worksheets for grades K-6
http://www.worksheetlibrary.com/

Happy Child, who have a lot of good stuff on their own account, also provide a list of links to various good educational sites
http://www.happychild.org.uk/pottedlearning/index.htm

the Gateway to Educational Materials: a directory to high quality lesson plans, curriculum units and other education resources on the Internet (and you can specify that you only want free stuff)
http://www.thegateway.org/

A to Z Teacher Stuff: a directory of online resources for teachers
http://atozteacherstuff.com/

PBS offer a directory of lesson plans
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/

LessonPlans4Teachers claims to have created the best lesson plan directory and search site on the Internet
http://www.theeducatorsnetwork.com/main/lessonindex.htm

Education World offers lesson plans and professional advice to teachers (U.S.; elementary level)

Study Stack: flash cards in various subjects

Teach-nology offers a lot of resources to subscribers, but also has a number of free worksheets, worksheet makers, graphic organizer makers, and rubric makers
http://www.teach-nology.com/worksheets/

The BBC site is broken down into age-groups: Preschool; 4-11; 11-16; 16+. UK students can also find several revision guides for different exams (including a Welsh one, and guides for Scottish exams)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/highlights

Kid Info calls itself a reference resource for teachers, parents and students, and seems to have an impressive number of links, categorized on simple, clutter-free pages. [American]
http://www.kidinfo.com/

The "Middle School Cybrary" is a bit out of date (last updated 2003), but most of the links still work
http://www.geocities.com/athens/academy/6617/

 

Mindfulness & Critical Thinking

Mindful Teachers has a number of resources to help teachers incorporate mindful activities into the classroom.

Vanderbilt University has a teaching guide for mindfulness in the classroom, mainly aimed at university educators, but probably useful for other teachers

Skepticism 101: The Skeptical Studies Curriculum Resource Center is a comprehensive, free repository of resources for teaching students how to think skeptically.

Language

News In Levels features articles about recent news items featured in the English press to keep students up-to-date with English-speaking culture, with each item available in three difficulty levels. Other sites that provide news articles at different reading levels, to help students build their skill in reading information texts: Newsela; TweenTribune, and one site specially for children: DOGO

Here’s a Web app for those who want to improve their vocabulary, or for teachers to recommend to their students: Professor Word – ‘a free bookmarklet that helps you learn new words while you surf the web’. It can be customized depending on whether your goal is to study for the SAT or ACT, learn English, or just improve their vocabulary. And if you’re a teacher, there are apparently several tools ‘coming soon’ that will help you find readings and monitor student progress.

English Companion is a community site for English teachers looking for help and ideas. http://englishcompanion.ning.com/

English Zone: grammar, spelling, vocabulary, advice on writing. Includes a section for teachers, with worksheets, lessons, quizzes, classroom games and activities, etc.
http://www.english-zone.com/teach/index.html

Oxford University has some free literacy and numeracy teaching resources at http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/research/child-learning/resources-2/. They also have a number of special literacy and numeracy resources designed for deaf children.

Art

The National Gallery of Art offers Italian Renaissance Learning Resources for teachers

Art History Teaching Resources (AHTR) is a peer-populated platform for art history teachers with an extensive range of lesson plans and resources

New York's Museum of Modern Art, MoMA, has resources for teachers

the Metropolitan Museum of Art has lesson plans to help teachers integrate learning about works of art in the classroom