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January 18, 2016

Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®


It may seem hard to believe, but you are probably reaching the halfway point of your year soon. You may have already passed “half-time.” If you are looking for 100th Day Resources for ALL ages, take a look at TeachersFirst’s Special Topic Page for ways to celebrate the 100th Day in your classroom.


OK2Ask Returns
Our first OK2Ask® session of 2016 will be on Tuesday, January 19th. Don’t miss the first session: TeachersFirst Tech Tool Smackdown! Come on back on January 26th for Common Core ELA. Registration is now OPEN for all winter sessions. Read our FAQ for general information about certificates, etc. Please be sure to read the detailed descriptions and suggested technology comfort levels BEFORE you register for the best match for your learning needs.


Winter PD Presentation
Are you a professional development trainer, ed tech coach, or graduate professor? Do you work with Thinking Teachers? If you plan to feature TeachersFirst at a workshop or PD session this winter, you can request materials to share by filling out this online form. As a free service from a non-profit, TeachersFirst relies on word of mouth from connectors like you to “get the word out.”


You Can Find it Fast
Looking for a state department of education web page, a certain set of standards, or an education professional organization? Or are you seeking a grant possibility? Find what you need—quickly—in our Quick Links to Outside Organizations and Professional Organizations for Teachers.


Internet Safety—Better Safe than Sorry
Every parent and teacher worries about Internet Safety. Our students probably do not think much about it, if at all. Find resources to make Internet Safety and related issues of Digital Citizenship real in this collection from TeachersFirst. Share your favorites with parents to get everyone on the same page and support wise decision-making by savvy young tech users.


Get To The Root of Common Core
TeachersFirst has a Common Core Tag. We feature the practical, helpful resources that teachers trust. The resources tagged Common Core are the best resources that we could find for teachers implementing Common Core, including TeachersFirst’s own 16-part collection "Implementing Common Core in Elementary Grades."


Qualities of a GOOD Principal?
What is most important to you when it comes to your principal? Do you prefer a flexible and innovative thinker or possibly a clear communicator? Is consistency the most important quality? This week’s Teacher Poll asks: What is most important in a good principal? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


Featured Sites
This week in our Featured Sites you will find:

  • Call Me Ishmael
  • SheHeroes
  • E.A.K. (Erase All Kittens)
  • I Side With
  • RefME
  • TechPrep
  • New Hive
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this January 24, or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived January 17th Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.

You are halfway through this school year! Keep refreshed, ready, and informed with TeachersFirst’s FREE resources.

The TeachersFirst Team