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February 29, 2016

Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®


Teachers train future readers with informational texts, audio books, online magazines, and more. March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday. Challenge students to compose a clever Seuss-rhyme about the concepts you are studying and read them aloud that day. Find more ideas to inspire any class at TeachersFirst’s Resources for Dr. Seuss. This week (in honor of Read Across America), we at TeachersFirst challenge all teachers to carve out time to read something that YOU will enjoy. Whether it is during DEAR time in your class or snug on your sofa, enjoy a book (paper or digital). You have earned it!


OK2Ask: FREE Online Workshops
Our FREE online workshops continue through March and beyond. All sessions are offered on Tuesdays at 7pm Eastern. 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.

Game-Based Learning: The Quest for Classroom Success; March 1

Digital Storytelling; March 8

Getting Started with Twitter; March 15

Mapping Across Content Areas Using Google Maps; March 22


Economics for Students
Financial literacy remains a lagging indicator of our students’ knowledge. Try TeachersFirst's Understanding Economics and Money: TeachersFirst Editor's Choices to raise interest and invest in their futures.


Must-Know Professional Topics
It is a challenge to stay up to date on everything a teacher must know. TeachersFirst has a special collection of must-know topics, ready to help when you need them. What TeachersFirst page do YOU think is worthy of an Update mention? Let us know via the Contact US link in our page footers!


Spring Break!
It isn’t too far away—Spring Break! But depending on how many snow days you have had, your break may not FEEL like a break. This week’s Teacher Poll asks: How long is your spring break this year? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


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

  • Maker Camp
  • Investing for Beginners
  • Voxer
  • Flock
  • Ponder
  • Getting Hands-On with Soft Circuits
  • SMS Generator
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this March 6, or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived February 28th Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.


March is just around the corner. Start planning now for Women's History Month and Music in our Schools Month. Visit the TeachersFirst's Classroom Planning Calendar to find resources for many March holidays and celebrations.

The TeachersFirst Team