Many schools are out for the next two weeks, which gives teachers the opportunity to catch up on their personal lives. Sometimes, though, teachers like to use this time for planning. As the number of subscribers to this blog climbs, I am aware that many of you may not have had time to read all of the posts, or might have missed some of the earlier suggestions. So, I thought this might be a good time of year to summarize and emphasize some of the most valuable resources I have reviewed so far. Today, I would like to offer my Favorite Teacher Tools:
#3 – Thinkfinity: This site is a great place to look for quality, standards-based lessons in a variety of subjects. Many of the lessons are linked to free online printables or interactives that will enhance your own prepared lessons.
#2 – Extend-A-Menu: This tool is invaluable for any teacher who would like to differentiate by using menus. By selecting from his or her own online menus, the teacher can create a printable task sheet for any number of topics. (If you do not want to purchase it, you can use the demo option at the top.)
#1 – Triptico: Download this tool to your desktop, and you will be amazed at the ease in which you can incorporate it into your daily routines. Once you load a class list, it will select teams for you, randomly choose names, create word magnets (with 42 different backgrounds to choose from; it’s great for an interactive board!) and many other really neat tasks. It is very user-friendly, and the students love it.
Here are links to my posts on each of the above in case you would like to read more about them (the above links will take you directly to the sites for each resource): Thinkfinity, Extend-A-Menu, Triptico