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This reference sheet will help students learn the proper method for citing online resources, based on the MLA style.


This diagramming handout can be used to help students visually organize concepts and facts that relate to a central theme or topic.


This worksheet allows students to document what they know about a subject, and what they want to know about it. (Similar to KWL, but for any subject and medium.)


This Grant Writing Primer is packed with tips that are critical to any successful grant writer. It is designed for both the novice and experienced writer.


This Class Web Site Map template will help you see visually how your site is organized. It will also help you decide where information should logically be placed within the site's structure.


Use this convenient template to record information that will make any substitute teacher's experience in your classroom a little easier.


This activity helps students learn how to develop a competitive resume.


This activity will lead students through three important steps involving envisioning and researching their ideal job.


This activity will help students determine the types of skills they enjoy using in hobbies, work and other activities.


Raise students' awareness of career choices by having them complete this career categorization activity. Students will learn what occupations are available in a wide variety of fields.


This WebQuest Lesson Planner will give you an easy-to-use design template for creating WebQuests for your classroom.


Use this Content and Skills Planner to incorporate skills into unit lesson plans. Include several levels of instructional plans in your professional portfolio to show your ability to develop both short and long-term goals.


These easy-to-use entrance and exit passes are the ideal tools to use during the onset and closure of daily lessons. Use them to jog students' memories at the beginning of class and/or reinforce learning at the end of class.


This list suggests the types of materials teachers may want to include in a professional teaching portfolio.


Use this quick grant planner to document your ideas for your next grant. The planner is designed to help you identify and record specific information that will be useful for making any request.


Use this form to document the amount of time given to student dialogue and teacher dialogue in a class period.


Use this short evaluation to obtain student feedback about your class. Consider allowing students to submit their forms anonymously to elicit candid responses.


Use this evaluation to get ideas for creating your own or use it "as is" by writing your name and the course name at the top. Distribute one to each student and then, you can either elect to stay in or leave the room while students complete the evaluation. When the class has finished, have one student collect and deposit them in a large brown envelope to be given to you.





This diagramming handout can be used to help students visually organize concepts and facts that relate to a central theme or topic.


Use the K-W-L (What I Know, What I Want to Know, What I've Learned) worksheet to help students become more actively involved in their reading. They will use the worksheet to identify what they know about a reading subject, what they want to know about it, and what they have learned about it, once they read it.


This handy reference tool can be given to students and/or used as a guide when teaching basic test-taking strategies.


Use this Remediation Plan template to lay out a plan for students who are in need of intervention/remediation. It can be used for high stakes testing situations, if there is no formal remediation plan required by your school or district. It can also be used for mid-semester reviews or project-based work.


This Class Web Site Map template will help you see visually how your site is organized. It will also help you decide where information should logically be placed within the site's structure.


This reference tool illuminates the options one has when conducting a through search by providing a search case using seven of the major search engines.


Use this convenient template to record information that will make any substitute teacher's experience in your classroom a little easier.


Use these transition activities to keep students busy with meaningful work while they are waiting for class to start or another activity to finish.


This WebQuest Lesson Planner will give you an easy-to-use design template for creating WebQuests for your classroom.


Use this Content and Skills Planner to incorporate skills into unit lesson plans. Include several levels of instructional plans in your professional portfolio to show your ability to develop both short and long-term goals.


These easy-to-use entrance and exit passes are the ideal tools to use during the onset and closure of daily lessons. Use them to jog students' memories at the beginning of class and/or reinforce learning at the end of class.


Taking notes in class is one of the most effective ways for your students to understand the material being presented. Go over these useful guidelines with your students and they will be pros in no time!


Help students keep track of their learning with this simple learning log. Learning is enhanced when students know what they are expected to learn and can track their progress in an organized and efficient manner.


This easy-to-use worksheet will help guide students through the initial step of key word clustering.


This guide presents seven easy steps to mastering stress. It is an excellent resource to give to students, particularly at the end of the year.


Use these transition activities to keep students busy with meaningful work while they are waiting for class to start or another activity to finish.


This activity builds reading strategies by asking students to anticipate reading content from a key word list.


Use this activity to lead students through a focused reading activity. By rating their comprehension with multiple rereadings, students learn to apply this strategy to difficult passages.


This guide helps teachers break down an objective statement into its three component parts. It establishes basic guidelines to follow when writing objective statements.


Use this template to write down your lesson plans for block scheduling.


Use this questionnaire to help students gauge their anger management skills. After completion, it can be used in a class discussion about positive and negative responses to anger.


This set of guidelines provides suggestions for developing clear and effective consequences for dealing with students who break classroom rules.


Use these simple suggestions for creating effective classroom rules of your own. We've also included a sample set of rules that can be used in your classroom today.


Use this form to track grades for assigned homework.


This set of suggestions can be sent home to parents trying to help children with homework.


Use this checklist to communicate with students and parents regarding completed and missing homework. Document the assignments that have been completed and those that haven't and share it with them. This allows you to work as a team to help the student get back on track.


Use this evaluation to get ideas for creating your own or use it "as is" by writing your name and the course name at the top. Distribute one to each student and then, you can either elect to stay in or leave the room while students complete the evaluation. When the class has finished, have one student collect and deposit them in a large brown envelope to be given to you.


Use these sample questions when you hold a classroom meeting addressing disrespect in the classroom.


Set the tone for daily learning by establishing educational goals and performance objectives.


Implement changes in attitudes and behaviors through class meetings.


Download your free Task Management Log today!


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Virtual Tours of Museums and Art Galleries





This handy reference tool can be given to students and/or used as a guide when teaching basic test-taking strategies.


Use this Remediation Plan template to lay out a plan for students who are in need of intervention/remediation. It can be used for high stakes testing situations, if there is no formal remediation plan required by your school or district. It can also be used for mid-semester reviews or project-based work.


Raise students' awareness of career choices by having them complete this career categorization activity. Students will learn what occupations are available in a wide variety of fields.


This activity will help students determine the types of skills they enjoy using in hobbies, work and other activities.


This activity will lead students through three important steps involving envisioning and researching their ideal job.


This activity helps students learn how to develop a competitive resume.


This sample rubric is designed for a ninth grade writing assessment. It clearly shows one way of designing a rubric that is easily used and can be shared with students.


This easy-to-use worksheet will help guide students through the initial step of key word clustering.


This guide presents seven easy steps to mastering stress. It is an excellent resource to give to students, particularly at the end of the year.


This handout provides students with ten tips to improve performance on essay exam questions.


Students taking tests regularly skip over directions only to find they have misunderstood what they were being asked to do, and hence, performed poorly on the test. This exercise is designed to give them practice in reading test directions and locating key words. Regardless of the subject you teach, this exercise should prove useful for improving test-taking skills.


Use this graphic organizer to map ideas generated from brainstorming sessions, lectures, and readings.


Use these sample prompts when teaching students essay test writing skills.


This exercise will engage your students in a critical review of two essay exams. It provides a prompt, a sample essay which is to be graded by students, followed by a written analysis of each essay.


Help students recognize successful techniques for answering test questions.





This handout can be used throughout the portfolio collection period to get students to think about the items they want to include in their portfolios. It also provides a space for teachers to write feedback about those items selected.


This diagramming handout can be used to help students visually organize concepts and facts that relate to a central theme or topic.


This reference sheet will help students learn the proper method for citing online resources, based on the MLA style.


This project planner provides students with a basic outline for using a methodical approach. It prompts students to complete a brainstorming phase, a planning phase, and an evaluation phase.


This worksheet allows students to document what they know about a subject, and what they want to know about it. (Similar to KWL, but for any subject and medium.)


This handy reference tool can be given to students and/or used as a guide when teaching basic test-taking strategies.


Use this Remediation Plan template to lay out a plan for students who are in need of intervention/remediation. It can be used for high stakes testing situations, if there is no formal remediation plan required by your school or district. It can also be used for mid-semester reviews or project-based work.


This organizer will help students organize vocabulary, related concepts, historical periods, and real-life applications of a topic.


This Grant Writing Primer is packed with tips that are critical to any successful grant writer. It is designed for both the novice and experienced writer.


This Class Web Site Map template will help you see visually how your site is organized. It will also help you decide where information should logically be placed within the site's structure.


This reference tool illuminates the options one has when conducting a through search by providing a search case using seven of the major search engines.


Use this convenient template to record information that will make any substitute teacher's experience in your classroom a little easier.


This activity will help students determine the types of skills they enjoy using in hobbies, work and other activities.


Raise students' awareness of career choices by having them complete this career categorization activity. Students will learn what occupations are available in a wide variety of fields.


This activity will lead students through three important steps involving envisioning and researching their ideal job.


This activity helps students learn how to develop a competitive resume.


This easy to use handout will help guide students through the cubing exercise. Once familiar with the process, students can cube independent of teacher guidance or the handout.


Students will use this worksheet with a visualization writing exercise. Simply provide them with a visual prompt, such as an illustration in the text, a slide, transparency, snapshot, etc. Encourage them to imagine themselves being transported into the visual. On the worksheet, students should list three to five sensory phrases (per sense) describing what they see, hear, taste, touch or smell while imagining themselves within the cue.


This WebQuest Lesson Planner will give you an easy-to-use design template for creating WebQuests for your classroom.


Use this Content and Skills Planner to incorporate skills into unit lesson plans. Include several levels of instructional plans in your professional portfolio to show your ability to develop both short and long-term goals.


These easy-to-use entrance and exit passes are the ideal tools to use during the onset and closure of daily lessons. Use them to jog students' memories at the beginning of class and/or reinforce learning at the end of class.


This sample rubric is designed for a ninth grade writing assessment. It clearly shows one way of designing a rubric that is easily used and can be shared with students.


Use this Anticipation Guide with students to help them apply analytical reading strategies.


Taking notes in class is one of the most effective ways for your students to understand the material being presented. Go over these useful guidelines with your students and they will be pros in no time!


Help students keep track of their learning with this simple learning log. Learning is enhanced when students know what they are expected to learn and can track their progress in an organized and efficient manner.


This easy-to-use worksheet will help guide students through the initial step of key word clustering.


This easy-to-use template will help you plan your next parent conference.


Use this graphic organizer to help students visually organize similarities and differences of two ideas, objects, or sets.


Use this graphic organizer to help students visually organize similarities and differences between three ideas, objects, or sets.


Use this graph to organize steps in a process, to trace plot development, or to record the stages of an event.


Use this graphic organizer to help students visually organize causal relationships in complex ideas or events.


Use this graphic organizer to develop an awareness of and mode for dealing with feelings and thoughts about sensitive subjects


This guide presents seven easy steps to mastering stress. It is an excellent resource to give to students, particularly at the end of the year.


Use these transition activities to keep students busy with meaningful work while they are waiting for class to start or another activity to finish.


This Internet Rules of Conduct poster outlines five simple rules that will help establish appropriate Internet-use behavior among students. As always, be certain to check with your school to see if there are established procedures for Internet use.


This "Writing-to-Learn" handout can be given to students to record the relationship between terms (key words) and the topic.


Rubrics work well for project-based assignments like WebQuests. On this form, fill in the objective criteria, make copies, and then use it as an assessment tool on your next WebQuest project.


Use this checklist to help you prepare a classroom folder for substitute teachers. It will ensure that your classroom runs as smoothly as possible in your absence.


This guide helps teachers break down an objective statement into its three component parts. It establishes basic guidelines to follow when writing objective statements.


Use this template to write down your lesson plans for block scheduling.


Use this rubric to evaluate students on content, preparation, voice, and nonverbal behaviors.


This set of guidelines provides suggestions for developing clear and effective consequences for dealing with students who break classroom rules.


Use this Gifted Enrichment Plan template to create a plan for your gifted students.


Use this monthly planner to document instructional goals, content, and correlated state standards and textbook material for each week.


Use this evaluation to get ideas for creating your own or use it "as is" by writing your name and the course name at the top. Distribute one to each student and then, you can either elect to stay in or leave the room while students complete the evaluation. When the class has finished, have one student collect and deposit them in a large brown envelope to be given to you.


Use this learning page template to create differentiated lessons for your class. Assign different reading passages, ask students to read for the same main ideas, and then have them gather in teams to discuss their findings.


This list shows the variety of projects that can be offered to allow for increased student choice. This project list was created for a ninth-grade class required to select a project after reading Romeo and Juliet.


Students can use this form during the Popcorn Response Activity to document their conclusions and support.


Use this convenient form to document your team teaching planning meetings.


This set of interview questions can help provide structure to a meaningful exchange of information with students from other countries.


Students can use these guidlines to select appropriate work for their portfolios.


Analyze a debate between the presidential candidates.


Divide students into groups of three to make role selections.


Use this form for students to review their peers.


Questioning Strategies to Activate Student Metacognition


Portfolio Self-Selection Reflection





This handout can be used throughout the portfolio collection period to get students to think about the items they want to include in their portfolios. It also provides a space for teachers to write feedback about those items selected.


This diagramming handout can be used to help students visually organize concepts and facts that relate to a central theme or topic.


This reference sheet will help students learn the proper method for citing online resources, based on the MLA style.


This Class Web Site Map template will help you see visually how your site is organized. It will also help you decide where information should logically be placed within the site's structure.


This five-point checklist provides students with guidelines for evaluating Internet resources. Space is allotted for writing notes on each criteria and a forming a final assessment.


This reference tool illuminates the options one has when conducting a through search by providing a search case using seven of the major search engines.


This WebQuest Lesson Planner will give you an easy-to-use design template for creating WebQuests for your classroom.


This easy-to-use worksheet will help guide students through the initial step of key word clustering.


Use this graphic organizer to help students visually organize causal relationships in complex ideas or events.


Use this graph to organize steps in a process, to trace plot development, or to record the stages of an event.


This handout provides students with ten tips to improve performance on essay exam questions.


This Internet Rules of Conduct poster outlines five simple rules that will help establish appropriate Internet-use behavior among students. As always, be certain to check with your school to see if there are established procedures for Internet use.


Rubrics work well for project-based assignments like WebQuests. On this form, fill in the objective criteria, make copies, and then use it as an assessment tool on your next WebQuest project.


Print this handy reference sheet and post it next to your personal computer or classroom computers. The list provides shortcuts for eighteen common Internet tasks.


Use this graphic organizer to support expository text reading.


These digital camera rules can be used as-is or as guide for developing your own rules. The accompanying sign-out sheet is ready to use in the classroom today.


Conduct this experiment in your computer lab.


Educate yourself before using new technologies in the classroom.


Rubric





Use these forms to communicate with parents about their child\'s performance in your class. There are two forms to use: one for students who need remediation and one for students who are excelling and may want additional resources.


This Class Web Site Map template will help you see visually how your site is organized. It will also help you decide where information should logically be placed within the site's structure.


This syllabus shows the elements and layout that you might consider using for your own class syllabus.


This easy-to-use template will help you plan your next parent conference.


Use this rubric to evaluate students on content, preparation, voice, and nonverbal behaviors.


This set of suggestions can be sent home to parents trying to help children with homework.


Help parents and students succeed with homework using this set of strategies commonly employed by successful students.


Diverse Family Structures


Classroom Newsletter Template


Diverse Family Structure





This handout can be used throughout the portfolio collection period to get students to think about the items they want to include in their portfolios. It also provides a space for teachers to write feedback about those items selected.


This diagramming handout can be used to help students visually organize concepts and facts that relate to a central theme or topic.


This Grant Writing Primer is packed with tips that are critical to any successful grant writer. It is designed for both the novice and experienced writer.


Use this convenient template to record information that will make any substitute teacher's experience in your classroom a little easier.


This activity will help students determine the types of skills they enjoy using in hobbies, work and other activities.


Raise students' awareness of career choices by having them complete this career categorization activity. Students will learn what occupations are available in a wide variety of fields.


This activity will lead students through three important steps involving envisioning and researching their ideal job.


This activity helps students learn how to develop a competitive resume.


Use this Content and Skills Planner to incorporate skills into unit lesson plans. Include several levels of instructional plans in your professional portfolio to show your ability to develop both short and long-term goals.


This sample rubric is designed for a ninth grade writing assessment. It clearly shows one way of designing a rubric that is easily used and can be shared with students.


This list suggests the types of materials teachers may want to include in a professional teaching portfolio.





This diagramming handout can be used to help students visually organize concepts and facts that relate to a central theme or topic.


This reference sheet will help students learn the proper method for citing online resources, based on the MLA style.


Use the K-W-L (What I Know, What I Want to Know, What I've Learned) worksheet to help students become more actively involved in their reading. They will use the worksheet to identify what they know about a reading subject, what they want to know about it, and what they have learned about it, once they read it.


Use this Anticipation Guide with students to help them apply analytical reading strategies.


This easy-to-use worksheet will help guide students through the initial step of key word clustering.


Use this graphic organizer to help students visually organize similarities and differences of two ideas, objects, or sets.


Use this graphic organizer to help students visually organize similarities and differences between three ideas, objects, or sets.


Use this graph to organize steps in a process, to trace plot development, or to record the stages of an event.


Use this graphic organizer to help students visually organize causal relationships in complex ideas or events.


Use this graphic organizer to develop an awareness of and mode for dealing with feelings and thoughts about sensitive subjects


This activity builds reading strategies by asking students to anticipate reading content from a key word list.


Use this activity to lead students through a focused reading activity. By rating their comprehension with multiple rereadings, students learn to apply this strategy to difficult passages.


Use this guide to pose questions about reading passages. Space is provided for students to record their answers.


Use this graphic organizer to support expository text reading.





This Grant Writing Primer is packed with tips that are critical to any successful grant writer. It is designed for both the novice and experienced writer.


This easy to use handout will help guide students through the cubing exercise. Once familiar with the process, students can cube independent of teacher guidance or the handout.


Students will use this worksheet with a visualization writing exercise. Simply provide them with a visual prompt, such as an illustration in the text, a slide, transparency, snapshot, etc. Encourage them to imagine themselves being transported into the visual. On the worksheet, students should list three to five sensory phrases (per sense) describing what they see, hear, taste, touch or smell while imagining themselves within the cue.


This sample rubric is designed for a ninth grade writing assessment. It clearly shows one way of designing a rubric that is easily used and can be shared with students.


Help students keep track of their learning with this simple learning log. Learning is enhanced when students know what they are expected to learn and can track their progress in an organized and efficient manner.


This handout provides students with ten tips to improve performance on essay exam questions.


This "Writing-to-Learn" handout can be given to students to record the relationship between terms (key words) and the topic.


This exercise will engage your students in a critical review of two essay exams. It provides a prompt, a sample essay which is to be graded by students, followed by a written analysis of each essay.


Use this graphic organizer to map ideas generated from brainstorming sessions, lectures, and readings.


Use these sample prompts when teaching students essay test writing skills.


This guide helps teachers break down an objective statement into its three component parts. It establishes basic guidelines to follow when writing objective statements.


sample


Students can use these guidlines to select appropriate work for their portfolios.


This activity worksheet helps students build their reading comprehension skills using rereading strategies.


Rubric








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