Professional Websites

Most professional organizations have official websites. For instance, any government entity has an official website. If you’ve ever made the mistake of searching for the official site of the White House and typed in a “dotcom” url, you were probably taken by surprise. Side note: do NOT type in a White House dotcom site. The official White House site is http://www.whitehouse.gov.

Fortunately, none of the educational organizations I’ve encountered have porn sites overtaking similar domains. And so, this week I’d like to devote my post to some professional websites and the free resources they offer teachers/educators. Not all new teachers are like me, but early in my teaching career, I often found myself at extremes. I either thought I could do it all and didn’t need any help, or I was at a total loss and needed someone to basically take over for me while I got my bearings back. I heard about sites like the NEA or NCTM, but never took the time to visit or explore them, because I didn’t really think they had anything to offer me. Once I gained a little experience, however, I realized that these sites were extraordinarily beneficial. The first site that has some really great resources for teachers and educators is the NEA’s site (National Education Association).

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There are lesson plans, teaching tips (a whole section devoted to classroom management!), and topical resources (for things such as National Hispanic Heritage Month, American education week, etc.). You can search for lesson plans, and even browse by month! They even have an advice and support area (for all teachers, but targeted at new teachers).

Another professional site with useful information and resources is the NCTM (National Council for Teachers of Mathematics). This organization was an instrumental part of the creation of the CCSS Math standards.

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They have resources by grade levels, and even have a problem of the week (along with a link to past problems). They have tools targeted at specific populations such as Title I teachers. There is also a really cool link with software/apps teachers can use. For example, they have a bunch of apps where you can get read data sets (like DMV statistics, pop culture statistics, etc.).

A similar site is for English teachers: NCTE (National Council for Teachers of English). Again, this organization was an integral part in the creation of the CCSS English standards.

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This site has a whole page devoted to lessons and resources. They even have lessons on integrating other content areas into English plans (Literacy & Math, etc.). Additionally, you can search for plans within concentrations like digital literacy, content area literacy, poetry, nonfiction texts, and other useful subsets.

I’ll do a few more next week (for all you Science and Social Studies teachers out there!!). Have a wonderful week, and don’t forget that The Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Cincinnati Bearcats in the ‘Shoe. Cheer hard for them to take away the “W” so you can get a new freebie next week! Go Buckeyes!

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