Friday, September 01, 2017

Classroom Ice Breakers

Ice Breaker Games

Warm up the Classroom Climate

Would you rather?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Learning with Lego

Using Lego in the Classroom

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Google Scavenger Hunt for Students

Google Scavenger Hunt

"To make a copy of this document, click the image and “Make a copy” of the Google Doc. If you are logged into your Gmail, a copy will save in your Google Drive."

"To complete the scavenger hunt below, you will need to be curious and resourceful. You will not need to leave this document to complete these tasks. Everything you need is right here! Please read the directions for each task carefully. "

Thank you Catlin

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Sites of the Moment

10 Top Cooperative Learning Strategies

How to Read a Book

Mathematics Interventions: What Strategies Work for Struggling Learners or Students With Learning Disabilities?

Friday, July 21, 2017


Add some additional flavour to your writing programme by having your students create their own Choose Your Own Adventure story

Two Inklewriter stories

The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Ladder by MarkHenryC

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

"Younger kids typically love to draw and aren’t too worried about the outcomes of their artwork — until they get older. By the time they’ve learned to read and write, art takes a back burner to academics, primarily because of what most schools prioritize. Over time it becomes harder for kids to think in pictures the way they once did. But what if students were encouraged to think in pictures alongside words?".....

Saturday, July 15, 2017



Pinterest collection of Shel's Poetry

A singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, award-winning children's writer, and actor, Shel Silverstein grew up in Chicago. He started out as a cartoonist, ...

Guide to the World of Shel Silverstein



Teaching Resources for Shel Silverstein

Friday, July 14, 2017

Word Clouds

Word cloud made with WordItOut

5 Fantastic Word Clouds Tools for Chromebooks

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Site of the Day

Technology Task/App Challenges for Teachers

Thank you, Ron Burke for sharing. A wealth of resources here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Site of the Day ... The Art of Education

Why You Should Incorporate Art Challenges in Your Room This School Year

Students love a good challenge and thinking outside the box.


Sunday, July 09, 2017




Eric Curtis is a Google Apps for Education Genius, and his blog is CHOCK FULL OF RESOURCES AND IDEAS TO IMPLEMENT GOOGLE APPS INTO THE CURRICULUM! Well worth bookmarking.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

TeachThought &Teach100

Who We Are
TeachThought was founded and is directed by Terry Heick, an author and former classroom teacher interested in rethinking how we think about K-12 teaching and learning.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Using News Sites for Language Arts

Control Alt Acheive with Google Docs and News Sites

The original idea goes like this…
  • Students are given a magazine article and a black marker.
  • They are instructed to read the article and decide what text is critical to the main point of the article and what text is not.
  • Next they use the marker to black out any text that is not critical, leaving behind just the main ideas........
Thanks to Eric Curtis 

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

All provide opportunities to develop students' competence for Common Core Anchor Reading Standard 1:
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; 
cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Select Reading Passages by Grade Level

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Summer 2017 Sites to Explore

7 Intriguing Science Experiments for Kids Infographic

10 New & Innovative EdTech Products Announced at ISTE 2017

The Periodic Table of the Elements in Words and Pictures

Instagram for Teachers

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Notable June Sites to Explore this Summer

7 Open Source Image Sites for Great Project Pics

11 Great Google Search Tricks and Tips

Why Teachers Love Podcasts and Some Worth Trying

Design Your Own Digital Choice

UK Ed Chat Resources

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Math Talks

math-talk learning community is a place where meaningful mathematical discussions construct knowledge and support the mathematical learning of all participants” (Hufferd-Ackles et al. 2004).


Why Give Math Talks a Try

25 or so Math Talks on Pinterest

Math Talks Prompts and Resources

MathTalks Strategies

Friday, June 02, 2017

Sites of the Day ..Newsela etc.

Newsela ..

Free leveled news, primary sources, and more, with standards-aligned formative assessments. Newsela is the best way for students to master nonfiction in any subject. Newsela supercharges learning in every subject. It starts with interesting articles about tons of topics—each available at 5 reading levels. Assessments are ...



Pearltrees refers to itself as "a place for your interests". Functionally the product is a visual and collaborative curation tool that allows users to organize, explore and share any URL they find online as well as to upload personal photos, files and notes.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

30 Days of Poetry

30 Days of Poetry

Thirty Days of Poetry & other Poetry Ideas

From Mother Goose to Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky etc

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 offers free printable math resources.

Jennifer is the content manager at, a website offering free printable math resources. 

I tried them out and found them useful.......

Multiplication Table 
Multiplication Chart
Multiplication Worksheets
Roman Numeral Converter 
Fraction Calculator

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Word Search Puzzles


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Brain Teasers and Math Problems

Brain Teasers

Math Starter Puzzles

Saturday, July 09, 2016



TeachThought is interested in supporting the innovation of the learning process! 

>TeachThought was founded and is directed by Terry Heick, an author and former classroom teacher interested in rethinking how we think about K-12 teaching and learning. One of the underlying principles of TeachThought is that leading should result in personal and social change, and that its modes and design can be planned backwards from that kind of consideration. Our content, professional development, and all related work are driven by that approach.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

SITES of the Moment

Sometimes Tech is Not Necessary SketchNoting in the Classroom

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Site..ings

These are sites that caught my eye....

educational resources for new teachers
Is it time to redesign your curriculum for the 21st century learner?
The Effectiveness of the Co-Teaching Model
Unite for Literacy

Monday, September 28, 2015

Great Sites for October Some great games using balloons for example

Vampires Folklore and Fantasies; Ted Talk for Educators

Monday, August 31, 2015

Kickstarter Sites


Need a Project to Kickstart Your Year.. Check out the The OREO Project



Blooms Taxonomy: a practical approach




September Ideas for the Substitute Teacher

For those Unexpected moments~ 5 Minute Ideas

Brit Lab Youtube Science

Use as a quick intro to science class..makes for a great discussion

Survival strategies for the Sub

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Our names are extremely important to us. Names are likewise important to the teacher, the student and the other class members. Knowing each other begins with knowing names. It improves the relationship, shows respect, offers a better learning environment, and increases classroom interaction. It is a crucial first step toward creating a safe, effective learning atmosphere. Here are some fast and easy ways to learn students’ names at the beginning of the school year." Learning Your Student Names

Back to School and Student Engagement Strategies

Ways to Engage Your Students






Ways to Greet Students


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Back to School Connections

Anchor Chart Making Connections

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


I can't say enough good things about Minds in Bloom blog.  This site is billed as Effective teaching strategies, activities, and resources to save you time and keep your students smiling! As a substitute teacher this post is a gem for today's students and teachers. Check out this sample blog post 20 ways to keep your students attention. This blog is devoted to helping teachers with an emphasis on creative and critical thinking. Tons of ideas for classroom management, lesson plans etc. In addition 

Minds in Bloom is fortunate enough to host a wide variety of awesome guest bloggers. 

And find treasures on Pinterest as well. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Math Mama Writes .....

Math Mama Writes

This site is worth exploring over the summer months. One can tell the author has a love for all things mathematical.

WEB SITE...INGS June 2015

Inquiry Based Learning

What Education Could Look Like in 5 Years

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Learning and Leading in the Digital Age

Learning and Leading in the Digital Age

Grab a Lesson Plan from READ WRITE THINK

Classroom Resources and Lesson Plans

Notable Links for the Month of February

Raising the Bar on Instruction

Rapid Write as a Writing Strategy

Bloom's Taxonomy Teaching Resource and Planning Kit

Read Write Google is Now Free for Teachers Bloom's Taxonomy ...for writing measurable objectives and creating appropriate assessments.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Around the Article Roundup

Around the Article Roundup: Article Roundup Interested in a particular subject? Although you can easily peruse the labels assigned to specific blog entries, I&#...

Around the Tech Incorporated: 5 Transformations for Classroom...

Around the Tech Incorporated: 5 Transformations for Classroom...: As many of us know, technology has always involved a close relationship between educators and vendor partners. That relationship has evolved...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sparkle Spelling Acivity

Morning Meeting Activities: Sparkle Activity - YouTube via kwout

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Wonders of Wonderopolis

Start the day or class with "Wonders of the Day"

Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease

Some ideas for classroom strategies gleaned from the wonderchat on twitter ~

• use the video about why buses are yellow to intro WONDERing to kindergarteners!

• great for launching reading workshop... #611: DO YOU JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

• any of the animal wonders. They help us during our end-of-year, nonfiction writing

* a wonder for writing and reading workshops* Great for launching reading workshop... #611: DO YOU JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER?

Do you judge a book by its cover?

A Spooktacular Writing workshop

Friday, October 03, 2014

Fridays Web Site..ings

Adaptive Math Program

Time Space Education


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September Site..ings

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Web Site...ings for Substitute Teachers

The Cybraryman's Substitute Teacher Page


Your Body Language Shapes who You are!

A successful pose has helped Amy Cuddy become a leading voice on Ted Talks. Adopting a confident pose or simply visualizing one is the key to success when meeting the students for the first time as a substitute teacher.

I refer to Amy Cuddy Takes a Stand

How Schools Kills Creativity is the #1 most viewed Ted Talks of all time according to the latest edition of The New York Times

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friday Notable Web Site..ings

Ed Tech Speed Dating

Edmodo Teacher Created Groups

Google Timer

Scholastic Lab Activities

21st Century Teaching and Learning

Monday, September 08, 2014

Classroom: Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting Ideas

Ideas for Morning Work or Bell Work Activities to Start the Day ...

More Ideas for the Morning Meeting

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Back to School with Creativity

Back to School with Creativity Creating a More Connected Classroom

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Use Decks of Playing Cards to Refresh Your Students Math Skills

A deck of playing cards is a versatile tool to help any student practice critical math skills at every grade level. Use common card games with modifications to maximize their educational value. Possibilities are endless. Teach probability etc.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Comics In the Classroom

"Throughout the month of August, and Reading With Pictures are bringing you Comics in the Classroom, a blog series about using comics in education, including why graphic novels are complex texts as defined by the Common Core Standards, how to use graphic texts to teach in the content areas, how and where to find the best graphic texts, and more. We hope you’ll join us and bring the power of comics to your classroom!


Thursday, August 07, 2014

Notable Sites for August



free educational kids computer games and activities for elementary students to learn on the web.


Define an image through multimedia. Present ideas. Create links to amazing sites. Explore, share and create with ThingLink in theclassroom!


ThingLink Launches a Free iPad App

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Let Them Play Outdoors


Monday, July 28, 2014

Going Google and Back to School Resources

Since our school district is going "Google" I thought it most appropriate to immerse myself in everything "Google". A huge thank you goes out to "indiane Jen" and "edtechtalk" for gathering these links. I am slanting them towards the Substitute or Occasional Teacher since that will be my role for the 2014/15 school year. ~





Integrate with your curriculum and have students evaluate these 8 timeline creation tools..


22 Best Online Resources for Free Educational VideosImportance of Social Media For 21st Century Teachers

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Improving your Searching with Google

Searching with Google  the top 10

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summertime Exploration and Reflection

Thank you, Barbara and Tina from LiveBinders, for bringing ISTE to life for those who were unable to attend Not at ISTE 2014


Podcast: Web 2.0 Smackdown

The Problem with PBL notatiste14 links etc

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Hard Part About Teaching

Summer Reading and Reflections ... Notable Links

"They never tell you in teacher school, and it's rarely discussed elsewhere. It is never, ever portrayed in movies and tv shows about teaching. Teachers rarely bring it up around non-teachers for fear it will make us look weak or inadequate." The Hard Part

'It's the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer all he gains is a little fact but give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers. That way, when he finds the answers they’ll be precious to him, the harder the question, the harder we hunt, the harder we hunt the more we learn, an impossible question . . .' What Questions Shall We Ask?"

"Every year, thousands of educators flock to annual conferences to hear what the best and brightest minds of the industry are up to. But what if you could hear from these luminaries every day?" The 2014 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs

"Do corporations make their employees pay for their own office supplies? Nope. Yet the average teacher spends up to $1,000 of his/her own money every year on classroom supplies (not to mention personal time spent getting the classroom in shape before school starts!)." Teachers: Equip Your Classroom for FREE

"With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country." Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

"You've got every device under the sun in front of you. Now what apps are you going to use? Here are the apps or app categories that I recommend you test for your school. There are lots of apps, and these are just my opinion based on what I've used with my students or successfully tested." 51 Tools You Can Use Now

"Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions. Aristotle said that he asked questions in response to other people’s views, while Socrates focused on disciplined questioning to get to the truth of the matter." 50 Questions To Help Students Think About What They Think

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Students need a voice.

13 Very Different Tools To Help Students Find Their Voice "The platforms part can go a long way toward serving the confidence part. ... but if the goal is to help students find their own voice, they will need choices. Here are six very different possibilities, from those text-based to ... and like YouTube, tech-savvy to manage the channels; those that tend ..."

Instructional Technology Tweet Wrap for the Week of 04-28-14 "This week’s collection of inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets about education and instructional technology articles, resources, etc." (Originally posted on Twitter by @EmergingEdTech over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers). If you are an educator or interested in emerging technology and developing trends in the classroom I encourage you to follow Kelly Walsh @EmergingEdTech

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Frog Days of Spring

Frog Alert ~

Life Cycle of a Frog

My Life as a Frog interview

Frog Unit of Study (Pinterest)

Neat Idea of the Day from Education World

A great seasonal idea!

Friday, April 25, 2014


A unique search engine with a twist.

A web search engine featuring semantic cluster graphs, image extraction, and tag clouds.

It is considered the next killer startup company

Monday, April 14, 2014

Next Vista For Learning

Next Vista For Learning

Next Vista For Learning provides a library of free videos made by and for teachers and students everywhere. It is an excellent resource site with over 1000 student and teacher-created videos on a wide variety of topics.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites

The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents.
Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


One of the best online dictionaries for children!
Add the children's version of the WordsmythNow widget to your toolbar, and students can look up new vocabulary no matter where they are online.

of particular interest
Welcome to Wordsmyth Kids

A Novel Ending/ Closure Activity

Teacher's Note: This activity is intended to be used at the end of a novel study (or story). The above objectives should have already been taught and practiced prior to the completion of this activity. This is a closure activity.

Friday, January 17, 2014

15 Best Websites According to Redditors and Infographics

Create and share visual ideas online. Other sites of interest .. How to Make an Infographic with How to Create an Infographic with

Attention Grabbers



Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Creating a great video tutorial is as simple as touching, tapping and talking. Explain a math formula... Create an animated lesson... Add commentary to your photos... Diagram a sports play...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Real Place Kids Learn Math |
The Real Place Kids Learn Math | MathFour via kwout

"Hey there!

How do you teach math? 

I don't mean, "How SHOULD you teach math?" but really - how DO you?

Okay, let me try to be a bit clearer (because at this point I'm kinda getting myself confused).

There is "official" math teaching and there are the things we do that accidentally teach math.

When teachers plan out lessons, there's intentional teaching about to happen. This can show up in the form of giving students step-by-step algorithms or through guided experiences. And different kids need each.

So really, there's not one way that we SHOULD teach math.
But how about the math that we teach when we don't even know we're teaching it?

Like counting to 5 when parents are about to punish their toddler. What kind of message does that send about counting?

Or just interacting with kids - you'll be surprised how math comes out in games, cooking, gardening or just driving down the road. From this they learn logic, fractions, volume and rates. 

Did you know we were teaching math that way? 

Stop for a minute the next time you interact with your students in a non-math situation. Is there math there? When you see it - say it out loud!

Let me know what you find and how you say it. I'd love to hear it!"

Courtesy "Bon Crowder"

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Top 100 Twitter Tools for teachers
Top 100 Twitter Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning via kwout

Monday, December 23, 2013

Teach Smarter and More Efficiently
Is it Primary Math or Art? via kwout
Also note~ Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Teachers

Monday, December 02, 2013

Blog of the Day
WeAreTeachers - Get Lesson Plans - Teacher Grants - Teaching Resources and More via kwout
WeAreTeachers is a powerful online resource for lesson plans, professional development resources, grants and contests for teachers, and much more.
Follow the on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest for up to date resources, topics and tools to use in your classroom.

As an example check out these art resources for the core curriculum. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Day in the Life of An Educator
Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte via kwout
Do you wonder what teachers do all day? Would you like to tell the world that this job doesn't end at 2:00 when the bell rings? Ranging from insightful to funny to contemplative, these blogs offer an honest look at what life as an elementary school teacher is really like
Also of interest Life of an Educator
A day in the Life of a _____________

A Day in the Life of an Elementary School Teacher

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Great Websites for Kids
Mathematics & Computers | Great Websites for Kids via kwout
You may want to be aware of ~Mathies
"QuickMaths+" by Shiny Things

Friday, November 15, 2013

A 15 Minute Pizza
the gouda life via kwout
For those nights spent at meetings or parent teacher interviews
A quick delicious and energizing supper.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blogs that Caught My Eye
Teaching Fourth: Write It Wednesday-Write About Characters via kwout
Interactive Reading Notebooks
Flip Charts and Anchor eading

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dolch Phrase Worksheet Generator
Dolch Phrase Worksheet Generator « Mrs. Perkins via kwout
The busy teacher loves generators. Have your students use them in interesting and creative ways tied to your curriculum.
Other generators you may like~ 
Random word and parts of speech generators
Internet Anagram Server
Sight Words on Pinterest

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Writing | Writing in Mathematics via kwout
My Life in Math Class

Resource Ideas for Subbies
All About Me Gazette.pdf - Google Drive via kwout
FREE Fact Swap Review Game for Any Subject. To begin, each student writes three facts about the subject in the top three boxes. Then students walk around .. a fun way for students to share facts they have learned about whatever you have been teaching
Swap Review Game a sheet of paper folded into nine blocks
Reviewing with Games etc.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Gooru ..a search engine for learning and teaching
Gooru | A Free Search Engine for Learning | Sign up, Sign in via kwout
With Gooru, a free search engine for learning, you can quickly find topic-relevant, standards-aligned resources and organize them into teachable and sharable “collections” — all in one place. 
Ways to Use Gooru

Sunday, November 03, 2013

The Power of Math
"Many people believe that only a minority of children are born with mathematical talent, while the rest simply do not have the ability to succeed at a high level. Recent discoveries in cognitive science are challenging this myth of ability. The brain is not hard wired; it continues to change and develop throughout life. Steady incremental learning can result in the emergence of new abilities."
1st Grade Number Activities via
11virtual tools for the math classroom
five listening strategies
Kids can't teach themselves math

Friday, October 25, 2013

Notable Sites That Caught my Eye
Best Classroom Anchor Charts via kwout
Inspirational ideas and printables collated from Pinterest
An anchor chart, is very effective in promoting student success. It outlines or describes procedures, processes, and strategies.
Julie's charts provide additional taking off points
A classroom staple is for this teacher ~
Anchor charts galore
Writing Anchor Charts
Fab 4th Grade Charts
I have been using anchor charts from my first day of teaching and often have the students create their own. Teachers have a thing for anchor charts 
Searches related to anchor charts

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hallowe'en Phys Ed Games etc
Halloween Physical Education Games | eHow via kwout
Find some great teaching ideas here~
Teaching Ideas from the UK 

10 Resources to Get Children Moving!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Community Hub: Fiction to Fact! A Lesson ...
Community Hub: Fiction to Fact!  A Lesson ... | Thinkfinity via kwout
Always on the search for the ultimate lesson plan.
Of interest is the top 25 Lesson Plans ....

"How did we teach without the Internet? Our favorite sites simplify lesson planning, keep the classroom running smoothly, and engage students." Thank you Hannah, for this great compilation!