This website, a spin off from the famous TED Talks, is full of classroom resources for all subjects. Most activities are broken into four parts: Watch, which includes a short video; Think, which has a few questions about the video; Dig Deeper, which provides ideas for further exploration of the topic, and Discuss, which gives a larger question to ponder. Sign up for a free account and you can personalize each lesson and/or receive occasional newsletters!
This simple-to-navigate online resource provides teachers in most content areas with highly engaging, quality audio resources that have already been compiled around commonly taught subjects. Many of the compilations come with transcripts, graphic organizers, discussion questions, and other such lesson ideas! This tool is an easy way to keep things engaging for all learners, but is especially great for EL students.
Endless blogs for improving teacher practices. Topics ranging from the "7 Essential Elements Every Elementary Classroom Needs" to "How to Start Station Rotation Without 1:1 Devices".
A great place to rethink how we think about K-12 teaching and learning. The content of the site combines timely thought leadership and learning models with accessible technology and resources. The site includes blog posts, eBooks, eCourses, video, podcasts, keynotes, and professional development.
This comprehensive website poses mind-shifting ideas that can reshape a teacher's thinking on educational practices, while simultaneously providing resources and strategies that can be easily implemented in the classroom. It focuses on the areas of reading, math, and language arts.
Read, Write, Think
This resource has a wealth of knowledge in the area of literacy. It has lesson plans, videos, activities and other materials to support students K-12. You can search by keyword/grade level to find the content that matches your needs. They're also PD opportunities that educators can explore: some available online for free!
A collection of current news articles, this website sorts stories by topic in an easy-to-search-for way, notes the Lexile level, and then re-levels each story into various lower/higher Lexiles that teachers/readers can select based on each learner's reading ability.
Indigenous Resources (from G. Capossela's RPS webpage)
A wealth of online tools for educators ranging from basic information on current indigenous issues to teaching resources.
MN Humanities Center, Resources Page
Filled with free resources and inexpensive PD opportunities, this is a great resource for teachers interested in expanding their cultural understandings, as well as for Social Studies, ELA, and EL teachers looking for varied resources (most free). Be sure to click on 'Absent Narrative Resources' at the bottom of the page to explore the full extent of what they have to offer.
This simple and free online resource is great for students struggling to read an online passage. Simply copy and paste a difficult section of text into the provided box and it the site will reword it for you by either replacing difficult words with simpler synonyms or by providing definitions for content-specific words.
NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English)
Created and supported by a professional association of English Educators, this website is filled with resources, PD, and articles to help English Educators enhance their classroom practices.
MN Center for Social Studies Education
The CSSE is an organization collaborative that supports educators with the implementation of Social Studies standards, classroom resources, and opportunities for professional development.
MN Historical Society, Educator's Page
This website is filled with resources for Social Studies teachers: sixth grade social studies will find this site especially helpful.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Although not yet adopted by Minnesota, the NGSS are K-12 science content standards that attempt to stimulate students' interests in science while preparing them for college, careers, and citizenship. The NGSS creators believe that an in-depth understanding of science content means developing skills in inquiry, problem solving, flexibility, communication, and collaboration.
Often incorporating research, each succinctly written blog post aims to get educators thinking deeply about teaching and learning: focusing on topics ranging from motivation to culture, from classroom strategies to digital tools .
Collabrify Tool Suite
These apps, created by the Intergalactic Mobile Learning Center, are great ways to get your students working together with ease.
An easy to use website that takes videos found online and allows you to insert questions (multiple choice, free response, and reflective pause questions available with the free version--many other formats available for a cost) and crop out portions of the video that are not needed. Works great in a flipped classroom structure as well as for full class instruction. It also stores and sorts students' responses which they can submit via any smart device. (Note: it functions best in Google Chrome.)
This website offers lesson plans, teaching tips and resources to assist in teaching English Learners.
Colorín Colorado has great articles and videos that describe best practices for teaching English Learners. It also offers a resource library that is filled with tools and materials that you can use with students and parents.
This site is one where teachers share resources for English Language Learners. A teacher can choose a grade, WIDA proficiency level, or content area to sort in the General Library of a variety resources. It also offers resources for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) as well as materials for professional development. All can be downloaded for free with registration (and registration is free, too)!
This free online resources provides Math and English teachers with great lessons and activities that promote productive struggle.
Math, English, Social Studies, and Science teachers may want to check out these free resources filled with innovative lesson ideas created by some teachers in Boston. Simply sign up for a free account and dive in!
Math Learning Center: Resources
Numerous visual model math apps and resources: all are available in two or more versions (a web app for all modern browsers and downloadable versions for specific operating systems and devices).
A comprehensive website geared toward Math and Science teachers, students, and parents. Complete with videos, lesson ideas, and inspirational articles this web-tool will help approach STEM with a growth mindset. One of our favorites is this number talk lesson. (If you like You Cubed, also take a look at these lessons on patterns from the website Teach at the Speed of Learning.)
Nix the Tricks
This website contains a free eBook that teachers can download along with supplementary resources. Filled with alternatives to the shortcut commonly utilized in math classes, this website is a go-to for any teacher who utilizes mathematical concepts in class.
This tool-filled website is a great resource, filled with ideas for how to enrich mathematics instruction.
Robert Kaplinsky, Glenrock Consulting
A simple website for math teachers. Click "Lessons" for real-world ideas to use in math classrooms or "Blog" for some conceptual or phylosphical takes on mathamatical approches in education.
Resources from the Regional Centers of Excellence
This simple website compiles many valuable online reading and math resources and lists them all in one place for teachers to easily access. The math section is particularly comprehensive.
The Minnesota STEM Teaching Center
This easy-to-navigate website lays out the framework for Minnesota Science and Math Standards. This non-profit business/education partnership promotes quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in Minnesota's K-16 eschools.