Monday, March 11, 2013

Vocabulary Spelling City

Vocabulary Spelling City is a great website for english teachers or soon to be english teachers.  It offers language arts lessons, useful word lists, articles, and help and information.  It is easy to access and attain information. It is absolutely beneficial to all language arts teachers as well as students.  Along with the following resources, the site also comes with helpful videos. This is an excellent site and I would recommend it to all my fellow english teachers! 


PBS offers tons of assistance for teachers. The teacher resource pages has numerous lesson plans as well as discussion guides, and teacher's guides. It is an excellent resource when showing a movie as well as presenting upon historical data.  The website is concise and easy to access.  I would strongly recommend this website! 

Discovery Education

Discovery Education is a website that offers help to all age levels and subjects.  The website breaks down each grade level and subject to make access easy for the teachers.  It also supplies the teacher with many different lesson plans as well as "brain busters." Brain busters are great questions to start class with.  The website also has many links to educational online websites that are great learning exercises for students. This is an excellent website for all teachers! 

Scholastic Resources and Tools

The Scholastic Resources and tools present teachers with a myriad of lesson plans and tools to create an exceptional classroom environment.  One suggestion from the website I quite enjoy is the "starters" section. This gives the teacher creative ideas to help transition from the bell ringing (high school) to class actually beginning.  The sight also includes helpful sections such as strategies and ideas, student activities, books, and services.  Each is there to assist the teacher in creating an incredible classroom. This is a great resource for teachers of all levels! 

Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning is an excellent way to teach in a classroom.  It allows the students to accumulate their own research and utilize their peers for assistance.  This website helps teachers in teaching project based learning effectively.  It also gives a myriad of examples as to what projects are effective in the classroom.  I would strongly recommend PBL in the classroom! 

Teacher Vision

Teacher vision is without a doubt my favorite teacher resource website. They offer lesson plans, worksheets, and so much more.  It's a great website to help personalize your secondary classroom.  Teacher vision also has many resources to assist with classroom management. Classroom management must be effective or the whole classroom will become chaotic. Another section in which resources are offered is getting to know your students.  How can a teacher be effective if they don't know who they are teaching? This website offers so much assistance to teachers of all subjects, grades, and experience. It is an excellent resource and I would strongly recommend using it. 


OWL: Purdue online writing lab

The Purdue Owl online writing lab is crucial in a high school english classroom. It is an online resource for all students to use when writing papers in MLA writing format.  MLA is the most commonly used writing format. On this website, students can do many different things. For one, students can get assistance in the actual citation of their paper. This includes in text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the works cited page. The website also includes many examples. There are examples of nearly every citation needed in a paper. Along with that, there are also step by step instructions on how to properly cite a paper.  Purdue Owl is a necessity in all classrooms. 


MoStep is crucial for all Missouri teachers.  It provides a guide as to how and what material to present to classrooms.  MoStep has six standards. The first being academics. This is followed by design and assessment, field and clinical experience, candidates, faculty, and operations and resources. Teachers must abide by the Mostep regulations to maintain a Missouri approved educational experience.   

Voki Classroom

Voki is a new, innovative way for teachers to present material to students in the classroom.  It allows teachers to provide voices to a myriad of differing faces. It is a great way to introduce new material to a classroom.  It can also be used as an exercise or project to see how much of the material students comprehend.  I previously used Voki to introduce new material in a lesson plan of the Harlem Renaissance.  I would recommend Voki for all classrooms.  Not only is it a change from the average lesson, but it is completely free!

Sunday, March 10, 2013


What is storyboard you may ask? Well, storyboard is the next progressive step to utilizing technology based education in the classroom.  With storyboard, teachers and students have the ability to perform a myriad of tasks.  For instance, teacher's can use storyboard to present a lesson plan in a story based format. The teacher can create the background and characters to present differing materials in a fun, new way. Students can also use storyboard as a means of presentation for class projects and assignments. Recently, I used storyboard in the Webquest for EDUC 3125 to present material preparing students for the assignment. Storyboard has so many possibilities!