After being a tent camper for years and years, I recently purchased a teardrop camper. I bought it mainly for security and safety while traveling. I hope to join some communities of women campers to make more friends and connections.

I am a reader and a writer; a momma and a grandma; a sister and a daughter. I have been a teacher and librarian for over 25 years. I used to blog here for new teachers, but now I have changed to blogging about my travels, and just for fun.

I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Two Exceedingly Helpful Websites for New Teachers

When I started teaching 20 years ago or so, we didn't have the internet. I believe the web has become the most influential tool used by educators that I know. As for myself, I have come to rely on a great number of websites the last few years. For newer teachers, these two are probably the most supportive: Education World and Scholastic. Both of them offer voluminous amounts of free teaching ideas, lesson plans, and other resources across the curriculum. Education World has free newsletters that you can elect to have sent to your email on a weekly basis. The one I most used when I discovered EdWorld was the Lesson Planning Newsletter. It includes lesson plans, thematic units, bulletin board ideas, blogs and articles written by teachers and administrators and other specialists in the field, as well as advice on classroom management and discipline. They both have ideas on technology integration and book and website reviews.

Scholastic has a class homepage builder and video center that are user-friendly. They even have a separate page just for new teachers' survival! Newer teachers, please go and check out these websites and come back to let me know what you found most useful. Enjoy!

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