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January 11, 2016

Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®


It is a New Year and time for some new challenges! Why not sign your students up to participate in the K-12 Game-A-Thon. This math and problem-solving challenge opened for registration on January 1, 2016. Looking for some other educational challenges, particularly in science? Generation Nano (open to high school students) continues through February 2, 2016. Exploravision Science Competition is open to grades K-12 and continues through February 1, 2016. Get involved today!


FETC Bound?
Are you heading to the Future of Education Technology Conference this week in Orlando, Florida? Source for Learning will be there. Come and visit our workshop on Tuesday 4:00 - 7:00pm, Free Tools to Differentiate, Communicate, Assess, and Organize BYOT Classrooms. We also have a poster session on Friday 11:00 - 12:00pm, Tried and True Tips and Tools for Successful Online Professional Development.


He Had A Dream
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is just around the corner. Find lesson plans for celebrating MLK in elementary grades. We also have a research and art project appropriate for all levels; They Had a Dream, Too. Tie these lessons into your curriculum as you prepare for Black History Month.


Climate Change, Coding, 100th Day, and More!
Did you know that TeachersFirst has special collections called “Special Topics?” Our editors have reviewed all of our resources to find the BEST resources on specific topics. Two of our newer Special Topics pages include Resources for Coding In the Classroom and Climate Change Resources. Some other timely collections for January include our 100th Day of School Resources, Online Tools and Timesavers, and so much more. See our entire collection here.


The National Science Foundation offers some excellent classroom resources. Some of the topics include Arctic & Antarctica, Nanoscience, Computing, Mathematics, and many others. Don’t miss this fabulous free resource.


What’s Your Load?
How many students do you reach and teach? This week’s Teacher Poll asks: What is your teaching load/class size? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


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

  • CodeHS
  • Dotstorming
  • Voxopop
  • Brain Doodles
  • COW (Creating Outstanding Writers)
  • Blab (Beta)
  • Pechaflickr
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this January 17, or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived January 10th Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.

Let this be the year that your students get involved in some educational competitions. Take a look at Game-A-Thon, Generation Nano, or Exploravision Science Competition. Now is the perfect time for some excitement (and competition) to brighten up the winter doldrums. Get involved today!


The TeachersFirst Team