It takes a village to raise a child, so for teachers tasked with instructing an entire classroom full of children, the job can feel a bit daunting.
But we’re here to help. With educational articles, informational videos and even a website where you can get free worksheets, we discuss the top three websites full of teaching resources that will help with curriculum-building!
MindShift from KQED
MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions. MindShift knows learning can be and often is impacted by outside factors like digital games, design thinking and music, technology in general, and countless other inputs. MindShift is proud of its unique audience, catering to educators, tinkerers and even policy-makers.
It features countless articles curated from around the web based on the future of learning, new ideas and educational games. It even has a running podcast on classroom life called “Stories Teachers Share”!
Notable Article: Lesson Study? There’s an App for That.
This curated Mindshift article goes over a new lesson planning app called Lesson Note, which allows educators to track discussions, questions, and even take snapshots of how work is being done or of interesting solutions to new problems to see where their students are at during the time of the lesson.
“We think that it helps promote better post-lesson discussions. That’s certainly our goal,” said Tom McDougal, Co-Founder of the Study Lesson Alliance, the app development team behind Lesson Note.
TedEd – Lessons Worth Sharing
You’ve probably heard of TED (which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) Talks, where industry professionals and experts of various types discuss their respective fields through informative conferences and videos.
TEDEd is TED’s youth and education initiative, with a mission to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world.
TedEd Original Lessons are pre-made, kid-friendly videos with lessons attached to them, which feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. These range from videos about the difference between our eyes and video production cameras (above) to the history of the word “Eureka” or even the ethical dilemmas presented by self-driving cars! But educators can also use the site to create their own lesson plans.
Coolest Feature: Create A Lesson
On the TedEd home page, educators have the option to “Create A Lesson.” TedEd’s database allows users to search for keywords. TedEd then populates a curated list of educational videos (without having to sift through the thousands of random options on YouTube and other video-sharing sites).
Once they find a video they think their students will like, teachers can then launch TedED’s lesson editor, which will generate a lesson plan based around the video!
Teachers Pay Teachers – An Open Marketplace For Educators
Teachers Pay Teachers is arguably the best way for teachers to find worksheets that cover the same standards and targets aligned with Common Core, but delivered in a kid-friendly way that’s easy for students to wrap their heads around. It’s sort of like an Etsy for teachers who craft their own products that other teachers might find useful.
Many downloads are free, but entire curricula can be purchased (costing nearly $3,000) as well. For teachers instructing in new subjects, who might not have the resources to build a fresh curriculum from scratch, it’s a great way to jump-start a program.
Best Free Download: STEM Engineering Starter Kit for Teachers (Elementary Level)
For elementary schools just starting the engineering design process, educators have to incorporate new material they might not have had to teach before. Some might not even know how to approach the topic of what STEM even looks like in an elementary classroom setting.
With that in mind, the STEM Engineering Starter Kit can help.
“The packet includes everything I wish I had known about STEM when my school started implementing STEM in 2011. I hope it is helpful to you!” says Ivy Taul, a five-year teaching veteran with a master’s in Early Childhood Development, who created the packet.