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GeorgiaStandards.org

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Georgia Standards is a free public resource that supports teaching and learning in Georgia. The interactive site offers over 1,200 'best practives' videos as well as all of the Georgia Performance Standards,. their purposes and how they are implemented in schools and classrooms.  The site, as part of the Georgia Department of Education, also offers webinars and other online training resources.  

 

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English Companion Ning

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Another social networking site for English Teachers. 

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National Education Association (NEA)

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The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest professional employee organization in the United States.  The NEA is, "committed to advancing the cause of public education".  Their website offers several broad catagories including 'Issues and Action', 'Tools and Ideas', and Grants and Events'.  Within each of those broad catagories there are a lot of great tools and links to aid educators both in the classroom and out. 

This is another resource that helps to keep the educator educated in order that her/she might be able to better educated the next generation.

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National Council of Teachers of English

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The National Council of Teachers of English exists to help improve English teaching and learning.  Their mission statement says, "The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language".  

This website offers teachers many resources such as books, journals, lesson plans, access to a member magazine, as well as professional learning opportunities, and community forums which are always useful for ideas and collaboration. 

 

 

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Prezi - Presentation Software

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Prezi is an online and slightly improved variation of PowerPoint.  It is more sophisticated in its incorporation of visuals and much easier to incorporate links.  Another advantage is that it is web-based so it can easily be shared and edited by a group of people,  

I am bored by PowerPoint presentations and overhead projections and I have to assume my students are too.  Prezi is a much more creative way to lecture...when lecturing can't be avoided.

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EdGames

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The Watson School of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has created this fantastic website full of games and templates to be used with Microsoft Office.  There are game templates that go with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint on this site and they can be built and utilized with your own data or theirs.  
Offering games like Jeopardy, March Madness, Bingo, Home Run, Goal Kick, racing games, word scrambles, and so much more, this site a  technology lovers friend.

Thie game atmosphere is always a good way to get students invested and engaged when reviewing/preparing for standardized testing.

 

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Wacky Web Tales

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Wacky Web Tales is a fun, interactive Mad-libs type game site with dozens of tales that you can choose to work.  Its as simple as clicking on a story and  dill in the blanks with the part of speech/grammar that they are asking for.  Once all the blanks are filled in,  your Wacky Web Tale is given.  This is a great interactive way to review parts of speech and get a few laughs at the same time.  

I would likely use this as an opener or a closer in my class because it can be done quickly and gets the students engaged.

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Games Zone

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Games Zone - Online English Language Games

(learn English through games)

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Games Zone is a website for students at all grade levels, to learn Grammar and have fun doing it!  This site allows teachers to engage students in an exciting activity on what is traditionally one of the most boring subject.  Games such as 'The Grammar of Doom' and 'The Grammar Wars' are interactive and can be competitive so students tend to invest a little more heavily in learning.

This website has dozens of free games and free is always a good thing for teachers! 

 

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Getting it Right: Fresh Approaches in Teaching Gramman, Usage, and Correctness

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http://www.amazon.com/Getting-It-Right-Approaches-Correctness/dp/0439669332

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Smith, Michael, W., Wilhelm, Jeffery D. (2007).  Getting it Right: Fresh Approaches to Teaching Grammar, Usage, and Correctness. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.

 

The authors, teachers themselves, state that, "the purpose of this book is to help you think about the most effective contexts for and means of teaching grammar..." (3).  Smith and Wilhelm share both historical resaerch and new reaserch that has led to the principals that they suggest which are: how to identify which terms students need to know; which errors matter most, and how to analyze the cause of the errors; how to teach deeply through activities that help students inquire into the effects of language use and see why they're learning matters in the here and now.  The authors argue that, along with the principals they present in the book, it is crucial that teachers are, "informes, wide awake, and critical about [their] own practices so that we can engage in policy discussions; and so that we can work for change in our own school policies, curriculum, and assessment practices" (5).    

This is a great book full of tools and support that when utilized, will help your students write with more accuracy and gain confidence in the process.

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They Teach Us How to Teach Them: Teache Preparation for the 21st Century

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http://www.citejournal.org/vol11/iss4/languagearts/article1.cfm

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Pope, C., Beal, C., Long, S., & McCammon, L. (2011). They teach us how to teach them: Teacher preparation for the 21st century. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 11(4). Retrieved  from http://www.citejournal.org/vol11/iss4/languagearts/article1.cfm

 

 

“I never expected them to know so much! I can’t believe how much I’ve learned from [them].”  This quote from a pre-service teacher regarding the students that she has been exposed to exemplifies the perspective that authors Carol Pope, Candy Beal, Sheryl Long, and Lodge McCammon set out to expose in their 3-year long study titled The Outsiders Project.  The study is developed on the foundational question, “What do pre-service middle school teachers learn when middle school students assume the role of pedagogical experts?” (Pope et. al. 324).  In the article, They Teach Us How to Teach Them: Teacher Preparation for the 21st Century, Pope et al describes an English language arts teacher model rooted in the TPACK concept that considers middle school students a valuable part of the education instruction team for pre-service teachers.  

I liked this article a lot since it is essentially the model that GGC has adopted for their own education program.  The placement of teacher certification candidates into the classroom for four consecutive semesters absolutely allows the students to teach us how to effectively teach them.

 

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Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids

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http://www.amazon.com/Integrating-Differentiated-Instruction-Understanding-Design/dp/1416602844/ref%3Dsr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364994329&sr=8-1&keywords=9781416602842

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Tomlinson, C. A., & McTighe, J. (2006). Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development. 

 

Integrating Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design: Connecting Content and Kids is a book offten given to pre-service teachers that gives insight to connecting kids with content in a meaningful way.It is a book that lists a number of strategies and supporting evidence in its effectiveness.  

This book is great for someone who has not had years of experience in the classroom and it is straight to the point with bold topical headings and neat lists.  

The book can be purchased on Amazon

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The Literature Network

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The Literature Network offers teachers and students access to online classic literature, poems, and quotes. essays and summaries catagorized from fiction to religious and lots in between.  With over  3,000 books and over 4,000 short stories by authors ranging alphabetically from Andy Adams to Emile Zola, this site is sure to provide students with an adequite supply of reading material academic or pleasure.  

Given that most students have access to a computer and the internet and many schools don't have class sets of certain books and that students aren't allowed to bring their text books home, this website is extremely beneficial. I particularly like the periods and movements section which offers a detailed explanation of literary periods and history as well as the 300+ classic literature based quizzes that are available. 

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Thinkfinity

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Thinkfinity, Verizon Foundation’s free online professional learning community, is the single click access point to a network of over 60,000 educators and thousands of digital resources for teachers. The digital resources are, for the most part, compatible with state-spicific standards and the common core.  

This site is useful for teachers (and pre-service teachers) because it allows educators to connect and collaborate via blogs and groups in order to share and generate new and contemporary teaching strategies and methods.  This site also links to many other great instructional resources and keeps teachers up to date with upcoming events such as professional development and student oriented competitions and activities.

 

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Collaborize Classroom

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|Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students

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Collaborize Classroom is a free online (web-based) collaborative education platform. "It is designed to complement classroom instruction and engage students in online activities, assignments and discussions that allow for deeper participation inside and outside the classroom".

This site allows teachers to quickly set up an online classroom  and access topic and lessons from teachers across the country.  Like Edmodo, Collaborize Classroom tracks participation and activity and it is compatible with all areas of study including math, science, social studies, English, and even foreign languages. 

I like the idea of these online classrooms for the purpose of posting work for students who miss school or just want extra practice/review.  

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Classroom 2.0

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The community for educators using Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies!
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Classroom20.com is a social network for  teachers interested in   Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom. You must join the site but they offer great discussions host events, and it is a great place to find and connect with colleagues.  Classroom 2.0 is a free, community-supported network with over 78,000 members from 199 countries.  

This social network connects teachers to teachers around the world. What a great opportunity to learn and share ideas both in the classroom and out.  I love this idea...especially in conjunction with Skype!  My kids could connect with a classroom of kids in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, or even another part of America, Canada or Mexico if I connected with the right people!  Imagine!

 

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Search results | TED.com

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TED is a non-profit organization that is, "devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less)".  TED talks can be searche by discipline and used in the classroom or for personal/professional development.  
I am a huge fan of TED talks regarding education. I think it is vital that educators are educated in order to educate in the best possible way! 

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Skype

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Skype is free internet calling and video conferenceing.  I love the idea of using Skype in the classroom to connect with people that are relevant to the curriculum. 

I will use Skype in my classroom.  Holocaust survivors, Soldiers, friends from around the globe, inner city classrooms, rural classrooms, etc. can all provide a dynamic opportunity to learn and grow in fundamental knowledge.  It is the personal connections that make lasting impressions!

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Teaching English with Technology

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Teaching English with Technology is an EdTechTeacher resource created for K-12 English and language arts teachers to incorporate technology into their courses.
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Teaching English with Technology (TEwT) is an interactive website for K-12 ELA teachers.  The site enables teachers to incorporate technology into their classrooms by providing lessons and activities, presentations and multimedia, discussion and collaboration, research and writing, assessment and rubrics, iPads, mobile technology, and apps. TEwT provides tutorials for teachers on line and also connects teachers to live workshops, conferences, and expositions as well as webenars that they might find useful.  

This site is stelar!  I love the diversity and it's simple, organized layout.  It is not complicated and I can learn about other "web technologies such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, social networks, Google Docs, ebooks, online maps, virtual field trips, screencasts, online posters, and more". I'm sold!


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Language Arts: Middle School Games - Game On: Increasing Learning Through Online Games

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This Google site is a compilation of Language Arts based games for middle school students.  The games help students explore writing and word meanings as well as encourage critical thinking in reading.  The games are from such sites as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,  Beacon Learning Center, Merriam-Webster, and the Adult Literacy Media Alliance..  

I love this site because it encourages teachers to contribute additional games in the comments section and because it's a super useful way to look at different game options on one site..  

This site also links to cross curriculum games for math, science, social studies, art and music.

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Crossword Puzzle Games

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Create Puzzles

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Creating crossword puzzles by hand is a pain in the rear!  This website allows you to enter up to twenty words and hints and then generates a crossword template for you!  Super handy for the teacher but how about letting the students create crosswords for one another?!?!  Teachers could do a review lesson allowing one class to create the puzzle for the next class... so on and so forth.  Whats extra nice about this tool is that it can be used across the curriculum.  

 

 

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The Dynamics of Writing Instruction: A Structured Process Approach for Middle and High School

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http://www.amazon.com/The-Dynamics-Writing-Instruction-Structured/dp/0325011931

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Smagorinsky, Peter, Johannessen, Larry R., Kahn, Elizabeth A., McCann, Thomas M.  (2010) The Dynamics of Writing Instruction: A Structured Process Approach for Middle and High School. Portsmouth, NH:  Heinemann

 

Considered an, "Indispensable companion for scaffolding the writing process", this book includes everything a teacher needs to teach students to write.  It includes gateway activities,, strategies, handouts, and a "blueprint of possibilities to consider" while implementing your own lesson plans.  The book is organized  and process/structure oriented and it teaches instructional approaches for teaching fictional narratives, personal experience narratives, argumentative essays, compariison and contrast essays, extended definition essays, research papers, and more.  

This is a great tool to use when preparing students for the standardized writing tests!  I love the organization of this book!

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Putting language back into language arts: When the radical middle meets the third space

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Gutierrez, Kris, Baquedano-Lopez, Patricia, Turner, Myrna Gwen. Putting Language Back into Language Arts: When the Radical Middle Meets the Third Space. Language Arts 74.5 (1997): 368-78. ProQuest.  19 Mar. 2014. 

 

The article, “Putting Language Back into Language Arts: When the Radical Middle Meets the Third Space”, co-authored by Kris Gutierrez, Patricia Baquedano-Lopez, and Myrna Gwen Turner, asserts that there are two extremes in the teaching of language arts in modern schools. The first extreme is identified as the ‘one size fits all’ pedagogy.  Opposite that, is the extreme they label the ‘mix and match’ pedagogy which is also referred to as ‘eclectic’ or the ‘idiosyncratic approach’ throughout the article.  It is the argument of Gutierrez et al. that, “…language arts practices [teaching methods] warrant reconsideration” (370) due to the facts that these ‘extreme’ methods of educating students fail to adequately consider and incorporate the students sociocultural background and experiences, and that they often neglect the resource of individual students as educators in lieu of the academic/book knowledge/authority of the teacher in the classroom (who they don’t believe is necessarily the most knowledgeable, socio-culturally speaking).  As a solution, the authors suggest the “third space”.  The education alternative ‘third space’ refers to, “a place where two scripts or two normative patterns of interaction intersect, creating the potential for authentic interaction and learning to occur” (372).  

This article is another one that focuses on a different, more modern instructional method that intrigues me.  I am extremely excited about giving students agency in my classroom and this article offers some scaffolding to support the methodology.

 

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The Strategic Teacher: Selecting the Right Research-Based Strategy for Every Lesson

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http://www.amazon.com/The-Strategic-Teacher-Selecting-Research-Based/dp/0135035848/ref%3Dsr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364992616&sr=8-1&keywords=the+strategic+teacher

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Silver, H. F., Strong, R. W., & Perini, M. J. (2009). The Strategic Teacher, Selecting the Right Research-Based Strategy for Every Lesson. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. 

 

The Strategic Teacher offer twenty strategies and numerous variations for delivering content in the classroom.  This book organizes the strategies and variations into groups and gives a great deal of research based evidence to support their effectiveness.  

This is another straight-forward, well organized book for the beginner teacher to pick up. The book gives numerous examples that can be used in the moder classroom exactly as they are given, or that can be easily modified to meet your specific instructional goals.  

The book can be purcahsed on Amazon.

 
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Adolescents and Online Fan Fiction

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http://www.amazon.com/Adolescents-Fiction-Literacies-Digital-Epistemologies/dp/082049738X/ref%3Dsr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364992106&sr=8-1&keywords=rebecca+w.+black+fan+fiction

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Black, R. (2008). Adolescents and Online Fan Fiction. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing. 

 

This book, published as part of the New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies series, engages in a literacy study centered around popular genre of fan-fiction.  The book is essentially a case study on three ESL students who post fan fiction in English to an anime section of FanFiction.net.  Black discusses the empowering effect of sites such as these to help ESL students in their regular academics. Ultimately, Black gives insight to educators in the books account of what it is that young people learn and engage in in their own writing of fan fiction.  Henry Jenkins writes in the front cover of the book that, "The results  {of the study done by Black in this book] will be important not only to fellow researchers but to also parents, educators, policymakers, and fans themselves, as they seek to weigh competing arguments about the value of the time so many of us spend engaging in online recreation". 

This book drew my attention because of its recognition and acknowledgement of non-traditional methods in educating students. I believe that it is crutially important for educators to be aware of what their students are interested in and exposed to in order to teach them in a meaningful and relevant way. 

This book can be purchased on Amazon.  

 

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Poets.org

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Poets.org is a rich resource from the Academy of American Poets containing thousands of poems, essays, biographies, and weekly features. One section of the website is designed specifically for educators and it contains tips for teaching, curriculum and lesson plans, poetry resources for teens and so much more.  

This site will be useful in the classroom when trying to teach poetry to disinterested teenagers due to it's resource center and links to additional resources.  I am particularly excited that they include the poetry resources for teens and look forward to utilizing it in the classroom setting.

 

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