February 7, 2021

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Fill February with Some STEAM

As February begins, we encourage you to discover new resources to use during Digital Learning Day (February 25) and National Engineers Week (February 21-27). Start your planning now for tech-infused STEAM lessons remotely or in person.   

Digital Learning Day

If you're unfamiliar with Digital Learning Day, this celebration has been set aside for educators to share ideas, stories, and positive online learning experiences. In honor of this day, we are sharing a collection of resources for blended learning.

Browse this list for tools to use on Digital Learning Day »

National Engineers Week

Started in 1951, National Engineers Week is dedicated to "ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers." Find related resources for all grades.

Plan your engineering lessons »

February Professional Learning Opportunities

Grab a warm blanket and cup of coffee (or tea) and join us to learn about more technology tools and integration ideas. In this section we're highlighting this Tuesday's free virtual workshop and sharing a collection of blog posts to help you learn more about digital literacy. 

OK2Ask® Virtual Workshop

Join us on Tuesday for our next professional learning workshop. This week we introduce you to TeachersFirst Reading Treks, show you how to use them in your lessons and create your own. Thorough maps and instructional guides are included with each Trek.

Plan a new Reading Trek for your instructional setting »

Digital Literacy

This collection of blog posts all relate to digital literacy. Find inspiration and lesson ideas as you prepare for Digital Learning Day, including links to additional tools and several classroom integration suggestions.

Read and discover blog posts about digital literacy »

This Week at TeachersFirst

We are gearing up to celebrate the Chinese New Year, Valentine's Day, and Career and Tech Ed Month with resources for all ages about these three observances. It's also a great time to learn about an engaging social media platform for middle-level science classrooms. Finally, we kindly ask for your reply in our weekly poll. 


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Celebrate the Year of the Ox

Chinese New Year

As you educate your students about the Chinese New Year, include the book "American Born Chinese." Share the stories of Jin Wang, the American-born son of Chinese immigrants, using this Reading Trek (don't miss the detailed map and lesson ideas!).

Discover the instructional guide and maps in this Reading Trek »


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Investigate ready to go tools and resources

Valentine's Day Lessons

Share these Valentine's Day resources with your students to take them beyond the cards and chocolate. There are resources for all grade levels and in a variety of subjects including world languages, American history, math, ESL/ELL, FCS, and writing.

Share the history of Valentine's Day »


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Celebrate the value of CTE programs

Career and Technical (CTE) Education Month

CTE Month offers us an opportunity to introduce students to achievements and accomplishments in various careers. We are highlighting a CurriConnects booklist about careers called "What Do You Do,? which includes books for all levels.

Use literature to introduce students to a variety of careers »


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Enrich your middle-level science lessons

MySciLife®

From the creators of TeachersFirst, MySciLife is an educational social media platform where students learn science by personifying and posting as science-themed identities. Engage students and enrich any curriculum for a lesson, unit, or all year long.

Try this free social media platform to engage science students »


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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks: "What kind of career and technical education is offered at your secondary schools? Does your school offer a vo-tech option for half/full days? Does your school offer CTE classes?" Submit your reply and view other responses.

What CTE education is available at your secondary school? »

6 More Fabulous February Finds

Don't miss these six additional areas of TeachersFirst where you'll find calendar-related activities, remote teaching tools, and much more. 


Twitter Chats

Resources for Teaching Remotely

Presidents’ Day

Reading Treks

Classroom Planning Calendar

BYOD Dream Tools

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