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NASP Crisis Resources - NASP

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K to 12
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The National Association of School Psychologists provides many suggestions for dealing with crisis situations. These include links and articles as well as specific actions schools can...more
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The National Association of School Psychologists provides many suggestions for dealing with crisis situations. These include links and articles as well as specific actions schools can take in different crisis situations. There is contact information for providing an assistance team. There are also tips for students on dealing with upsetting times (available in multiple languages).

tag(s): psychology (64)

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"Teachable Moment" Lesson on School Safety - NASP

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This lesson summary provides ways to help children of all ages deal with frightening news about school violence. Use these ideas on those terrible occasions when the students simply...more
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This lesson summary provides ways to help children of all ages deal with frightening news about school violence. Use these ideas on those terrible occasions when the students simply need to talk. The National Association of School Psychologists provides this "teachable moment" strategy to help.

tag(s): school violence (12)

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Adapt-a-Strategy for ESL/ELL - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Adapt your existing lesson plans using these simple strategies to help ESL students. Click on the activity type you have planned and find suggestions and resources to help your ESL/ELL...more
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Adapt your existing lesson plans using these simple strategies to help ESL students. Click on the activity type you have planned and find suggestions and resources to help your ESL/ELL students be successful with the lesson. Some of the same strategies may help with students with IEPs for speech and language or learning support.

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Using Humour in the Second Language Classroom - Paul-Emile Chiasson

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Read about the value of humor as a teaching tool, especially for ESL/ELL students. Using joking frequently is a way to say the same thing in a slightly different way. ...more
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Read about the value of humor as a teaching tool, especially for ESL/ELL students. Using joking frequently is a way to say the same thing in a slightly different way. Students want to learn what is funny in the U.S. Humor varies from culture to culture and your ESL students want to know why certain things are funny so they can join in with the fun.

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Use the information on this site to look for new ideas and activities to use in your ELL classroom. Be sure to pass the article on to peers looking for ways to better connect with students.

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Juicy Studio: Readability Test

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Use this fabulous website to check readability levels on web sites before you assign them to your students or include them in a webquest. Open TWO windows on the internet: ...more
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Use this fabulous website to check readability levels on web sites before you assign them to your students or include them in a webquest. Open TWO windows on the internet: one for possible web sites and one with this tool, ready to go. Simply copy and paste the URL (web address)from the address bar when you are looking at the web page you want students to use. Paste it into the space on this site and click "Calculate Readability." Juicy Studio will give you a Gunning Fog Index score and a Flesch-Kincaid Grade level for the web page you provided. Be sure to read the explanations of what these scores mean! Note: This tool does not check an entire SITE, just the actual page you were looking at when you copied the URL. To be sure your students can read the entire site, select a page that is text-intense as the one you "test." As in any content reading book, illustrations, captions, and other graphics will help your students "read" any page, but sometimes they just need to be able to read the words!

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Colonial Williamsburg Multimedia Pages - Colonial Williamsburg

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This site provides over 30 photographs of scenes at Colonial Williamsburg that can be downloaded at no cost. They can be used as computer wallpaper, or could be compiled ...more
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This site provides over 30 photographs of scenes at Colonial Williamsburg that can be downloaded at no cost. They can be used as computer wallpaper, or could be compiled into a slide show. There are also links to podcasts and downloadable ring tones.

tag(s): colonial america (107), williamsburg (12)

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History teachers with a computer cluster in the classroom could use these various wallpapers to "set the mood" for an early American unit. Really hard core American history fans can download colonial ringtones (is that an oxymoron?) for their cell phones including fife and drums, Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty" speech or colonial African American songs. If you are using an interactive whiteboard or projector for your American History lesson, why not use a multimedia activator/anticipatory set at the start of your lesson?

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Every Stock Photo - everystockphoto.com

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K to 12
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Find images to use in your classroom multimedia productions, on your web page, or on bulletin boards without violating copyright. Help your students find images to include in their...more
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Find images to use in your classroom multimedia productions, on your web page, or on bulletin boards without violating copyright. Help your students find images to include in their own products. This site is a tool to search the web for photos with "Creative Commons" rights. This means that many are free and ask only that you let the photographer know where you are usng the photo. Some are NOT free. Note: YOU MUST read the rights and permissions information that accompanies each image, since the photographer sets his/her own requirements. The intent of the site is to share photos in an open, easily-searchable environment, but in accordance with these requirements. Help your students learn about copyright by SHOWING them the rights sections and modeling compliance. The search tool is easy to use.

tag(s): copyright (47), images (265), photography (160)

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Use photos from this site in your PowerPoint shows, web page, blog, etc, but be sure to stop and mention where you found them and the thinking/reading you did to be sure you were in compliance with the rights granted. If you suggest the site for student use, model this process on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Then hold students accountable for demonstrating that they have done the same (make it a part of your project rubric). These concepts of copyright are challenging for young students (below about grade 4. You may want to "collect" some photos for their use and save them locally for them to choose from until they are ready to understand the more difficult rights issues.

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CRAYON: Create Your Own Newspaper - David Maher

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7 to 12
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By registering with an email address, you and your students are able to create their own newspaper with a choice of three options, a simple page layout, one with frames, ...more
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By registering with an email address, you and your students are able to create their own newspaper with a choice of three options, a simple page layout, one with frames, or one with two windows which requires Java Script. Creators can also add images and/or links to images and other info. After selecting either "standard" (displays newspaper sections one at a time) or "quick paper" (shows all sections and selects the most popular items for the final paper), students can click to read their personalized news. Options allow students to hear the news also, using RealAudio. They can select news from local, national, or international papers. Instructions on the site are excellent and preparing the personalized newspaper just takes a few moments. Participants receive a link to their newspapers in an email message sent only to them. remember that the audio requires Real Player. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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A great way to get students involved with the news on an intimate basis!! Teachers can also create a classroom newspaper for parents and others to access. Check on your district policy regarding posting student work to the web. It would be a good idea to limit names to initials and to get written parent permission before setting up accounts. Then use YOUR teacher email account for safety reasons.

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Flash card maker - American Girl

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Enter your own questions/answers or words/meanings in this flash card maker. Options include being able to print them out or study them online. Learning support teachers will love this...more
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Enter your own questions/answers or words/meanings in this flash card maker. Options include being able to print them out or study them online. Learning support teachers will love this option to encourage study skills.

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A good study-at-home option for you to show your students! Be sure to read the "Take Note" message regarding the required plug-ins and cookie enabling for this site to work.

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ESL Levels - TeachersFirst

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TeachersFirst provides these descriptions of ESL levels to help you think about what your student may be capable of doing in your class. These will also help in dialog with ...more
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TeachersFirst provides these descriptions of ESL levels to help you think about what your student may be capable of doing in your class. These will also help in dialog with other teachers who work with this student. If you have an ESL/ELL specialist available for consultation, you may want to talk to him/her about where your students fit in this continuum.

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ELL teachers, refer this site to teachers who are new to teaching English language learners and may be unsure of how to incorporate the student in a general education classroom.

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Top Ten Tips for Working With ESL/ELL Students - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Teaching ESL./ELL students in your regular classroom can be a challenge. You feel great empathy for the children who enter your room, bewildered, but you have the rest of the ...more
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Teaching ESL./ELL students in your regular classroom can be a challenge. You feel great empathy for the children who enter your room, bewildered, but you have the rest of the class to think of, too. TeachersFirst offers these Top Ten Tips for Teachers working with ESL/ELL students to help you find appropriate ways to differentiate instruction and make minor adjustments for the individual student and maximize the benefit of having these new students in the class.

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From TeacherFirst, this site is a helpful resource for new ELL teachers, or to pass along to general education teachers who are eager to know how to best assimilate a new ELL student into their classroom. Save the site as a favorite on your desktop to allow easy reference whenever, and pass it along to interested peers!

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English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas - TESOL

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This site has the PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas. Particularly helpful for classroom teachers are sections within the pdf document listed at...more
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This site has the PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas. Particularly helpful for classroom teachers are sections within the pdf document listed at the bottom of the page [click on Preview: PreK-12 English Language Proficiency Standards in the Core Content Areas (PDF)] It would be most helpful for you to print these out. Page 15 which describes the 5 levels of proficiency for ESL students in public and private schools from preschool through high school. It also describes "Grade Level Clusters" for such students, as well as defining standards for the students in school and academic fields. Pages 20 and 21 which have a chart of appropriate student abilities by language domain (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) in the 5 levels of proficiency. Standards for 16 states including Washington DC can be found beginning on page 22. This document requires Acrobat Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Save this site as a favorite for easy reference and use it as a measure-point for student progress. This can help teachers track where students are at and should be by the end of the year.
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Create Your Own RAFTS Prompt for Math Class - Writing Fix

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Trying to incorporate writing into your math class? Looking for prompts to use in class or on a gated blog? Use this site to generate the RAFTS prompt for you. ...more
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Trying to incorporate writing into your math class? Looking for prompts to use in class or on a gated blog? Use this site to generate the RAFTS prompt for you. If you do not know or recall what a RAFTS is, the site explains that, too. Here is a hint: Role, Audience, Format, Topic, Strong verb. You could even share this RAFTS generator with your students to create their own!

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Mark this one in Favorites. It is a time saver and really challenges higher order thinking. Gifted or creative students would LOVE generating and answering their own prompts or ceating them for each other

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Pair Your Newcomers with Buddies - Everything ESL: Judie Haynes

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Try this article on using buddies as a helpful strategy for your ESL/ELL students. Specific suggestions wbout what kind of buddy to choose and what buddy rsponsibilitites should be...more
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Try this article on using buddies as a helpful strategy for your ESL/ELL students. Specific suggestions wbout what kind of buddy to choose and what buddy rsponsibilitites should be are very useful. You may want to share some portions of this article with the buddies themselves in secondary-level classes. Don't forget to also read TeachersFirst's Top Ten Tips for Working with ESL/ELL students.

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Be sure to pass this site and information on to peers who are also working with ELL/ESL students. Continuing the strategy across the various classes a student is enrolled in can make it more effective and help ease the transition into an English-speaking school.

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Activities for Newcomers - Everything ESL: Judie Haynes

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K to 12
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Your class is welcoming some ESL/ELL students. Here are some tips for starting out right with newcomers who speak little or no English. The tips include drawing on the resources ...more
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Your class is welcoming some ESL/ELL students. Here are some tips for starting out right with newcomers who speak little or no English. The tips include drawing on the resources of others so you, as the teacher, do not feel you must do everything yourself. Don't forget to also read TeachersFirst's Top Ten Tips for Working with ESL/ELL students.

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ELL teachers, pass this site on to teachers who are also working with new English language learners. It allows them to understand where the student may be at, and the resources they have available if they are unaware.

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Writing in the Mathematics Classroom - Future of Math

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This site, while simple in appearance, is a rich source of teaching ideas for using a blog in your math classroom. There are over 50 different writing prompt ideas, different ...more
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This site, while simple in appearance, is a rich source of teaching ideas for using a blog in your math classroom. There are over 50 different writing prompt ideas, different approaches to getting students to write about math (a MUST for many high-stakes tests nowadays), and innovative suggestions for using digital images or podcasts as part of you math blog. Every term used includes a definition and many have examples to help you envision using the blog.

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Look through these ideas before you launch a math blog or when (if) your ideas run dry. Just rading this site may be enough to push you into trying a blog. Remember that TeachersFirst has the step-by-step information for getting started in our Blogging Basics

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Reading Strategies: Scaffolding Students' Interactions with Texts - Greece (NY) Central School District

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Find resources for teaching and modeling MANY reading strategies in your classroom, including handouts for graphic organizers and vocabulary development, all from this school-district...more
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Find resources for teaching and modeling MANY reading strategies in your classroom, including handouts for graphic organizers and vocabulary development, all from this school-district site. Each strategy is explained and classified as before, during, or after reading and then linked to further information. This is a one-stop shop for teachers in every content area, as well as those reinforcing study skills for learning support students and helping students prepare for standardized testing. Each strategy includes suggestions for how to differentiate instruction, as well.

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Give students links from your teacher web page directly to the graphic organizer they must complete for homework. Then there is no excuse such as having the dog eat it! Files are all Acrobat files, and Acrobat Reader is a free download.
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Blog Basics for the Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This comprehensive tutorial gives all the details on using gated blogs safely in the classroom, including explanations of blogging basics, a TeachersFirst Step-by-Step on how to start...more
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This comprehensive tutorial gives all the details on using gated blogs safely in the classroom, including explanations of blogging basics, a TeachersFirst Step-by-Step on how to start one, complete charts of the features of several free blogging tools for teachers, and over two dozen ideas for how to use a blog with your students. Make "writing to learn" approachable and exciting. You will even find a customizable Blogger's Agreement to download and use with students and parents so everyone knows the expectations and consequences for your class blogs.

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You could use this step by step as the framework for a self-directed or "buddy" professional development project. Share it with your principal or professional development coordinator. USe the strategies and ideas here to start a blog for your class or for each student. Don't miss suggestions for a Teacher as Blogger so you can model blogging, too.
 

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Workshop: Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences - ThirteenEd Online

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This FREE online workshop for teachers provides understanding of Gardner's Multiple Intelligances and applications for this theory in the classroom. WNET, the New York PBS affiliate,...more
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This FREE online workshop for teachers provides understanding of Gardner's Multiple Intelligances and applications for this theory in the classroom. WNET, the New York PBS affiliate, is the parent comapny for this online teacher workshop project and is known for their consistent high-quality productions. Even the "buzzwords" of M.I. are included and explained, along with practical ideas for real teachers to use.

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Make it your goal for the year to try implementing a multiple intelligences model of instruction and watch your students each find strengths and build new ones.

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Bloggers: A portrait of the internet's new storytellers - PEW Foundation

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The PEW Foundation research (2006) on who is blogging and who is reading the blogs Tells a tale of variety. As you consider blogging for the classroom, this background ...more
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The PEW Foundation research (2006) on who is blogging and who is reading the blogs Tells a tale of variety. As you consider blogging for the classroom, this background may give you ideas for your uses. It can also warns you about the concerns of using blogs as a source in student research. BIas is most certainly an issue. Blogs are, however, the ultimate primary source!

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