Professional Links for Teachers

Use these links to find additional information on various teaching topics.

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Professional Organizations
General Resources
Teaching Reading
Teaching Writing
Teaching Poetry
CALLA
Cooperative Learning
Cross-curricular Instruction
Effective Questioning
English Language Learning
Learning Styles
Monitoring Comprehension
Multiple Intelligences
Note taking
Organizational Planning
Self-evaluation
Using/Making Rules
Using Online Resources
Video Instruction

 

Professional Organizations

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

International Reading Association (IRA)

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

American Library Association (ALA)

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

National Middle School Association (NMSA)

No Child Left Behind (U.S. Department of Education)


General Resources

The Family Education Network (from Pearson Education) has a wide variety of educational content, resources, and shopping for parents, teachers, and students.


Teaching Reading

General

Visit the Read Write Think site for literacy lessons, standards, and other resources in reading and language arts instruction. (From the International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English)

Making Inferences

"Inferential Reading Strategies" describes how teachers can help students make inferences while reading.

Predicting

Devoted to reading strategies, this site features topics on making predictions, visualizing, summarizing, and more. (Dade-Monroe Teacher Education Center)

Reading Fluency

The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) provides information on helping students to become more fluent readers and discusses the newest research on the topic.

Review a range of strategies for teaching fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, and phonics in the document "An Overview of Teaching Strategies for Scientifically Based Reading Research." (North Dakota Department of Public Instruction Title 1 Office) (PDF format)

Skimming

Study Skills Online has a concise definition of skimming and click on the topics for two skim-reading techniques.


Teaching Writing

General

Check out the National Council of Teachers of English for tips from teachers on developing writing skills. 

The NCTE site also offers "So You Want to Be a Better Writer?," a downloadable page with tips and tools for writing, which you can print out and give to students. (PDF format)

Classification

Visit this Classification (and Division) page for a concise definition of classification and tips for writing a classification essay. (San Antonio College)

Teach your students the basics of writing a division/classification essay. (University Writing Skills page, University of Bremen)

Making Inferences

The Critical Thinking website has a series of articles on inferences in reading and writing.

Summarizing

Visit this site from Worcester State College for characteristics and tips for summarizing.


Teaching Poetry

Explore PoetryTeachers.com for tips on teaching poetry, poetry theatre, contests, and more.

Visit the Online Poetry Classroom for a poetry map of America, a poetry timeline, and access to the teacher resource center.


CALLA

Learn more about the Cognitive Academic Language Learning Approach (CALLA) at this site from George Washington University.

Read a case study by Ana Uhl Chamot, one of the creators of CALLA and an author of Shining Star, showing how the approach can be implemented in schools. (PDF format)


Cooperative Learning

The article "Learning to Cooperate" gives a teacher's perspective to cooperative learning. (PDF format)

Foster cooperative learning by creating a jigsaw classroom.

The online version of Harvard Education Letter offers this overview of cooperative learning models, including links for more information.

Learn how to use groups to enhance collaborative learning at the Small Group Learning Page from the National Institute for Science Education.

Read about cooperative grouping strategies at this article from Education World.

Discover how cooperative grouping can enhance classroom learning (article from Eisenhower National Clearinghouse).


Cross-curricular Instruction

The ENC Online site (Eisenhower National Clearinghouse) features articles by teachers, including "Blending Disciplines" and "Interdisciplinary Team Teaching."


Effective Questioning

Visit the Learning Strategies Database and read about the background, purpose and advantages of questioning strategies. Click on the links at the bottom of the page for specific examples.

Read these suggestions for effective questioning in the classroom. (Nondestructive Testing Resource Center)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign site offers these techniques for effective classroom questioning.


English Language Learning

This teachers' resource area in Longman.com provides ESL activities, teaching tips, lesson plans, free downloads, and other useful items.

Everything ESL offers lessons, resources, and tips for teachers.

Connect to the world of ESL at TESOL Online.

This archive from the National Council of Teachers of English offers practical teaching ideas for ESL.


Learning Styles

Adjust your teaching style to the learning styles of your students. Visit Teachers Network for insights from educators.

This site features tips on "Understanding Different Learning Styles." (NDT Resource Center)


Monitoring Comprehension

Check out the Project TechLink site for topics on teaching students to use self-monitoring techniques.

The website from Positive Approaches to Challenging Behavior has a tip sheet with ideas on fostering self-monitoring in the classroom. (PDF format)


Multiple Intelligences

Tap into multiple intelligences; explore Howard Gardner's theory from explanation to implementation. From Thirteen Ed Online (PBS).

Explore the theory of multiple intelligences. Click on the images for brief descriptions and ideas for lesson plans.

The TeacherVision site (from Pearson Education) offers concise definitions of eight multiple intelligences.


Note taking

The Study Skills page from California Polytechnic State University evaluates five note taking systems, including the Outline, Mapping, and Sentence methods.

This page from Study Skills Topic Pages focuses on taking notes in the classroom.


Organizational Planning

Get tips from teachers on classroom management from Teachers Network.


Self-evaluation

The Teaching Tips.com site provides tips from teachers on how to encourage self-evaluation.


Using Online Resources

This site offers guidelines for teaching students how to use the Internet. (Teaching and Learning Center, South Seattle Community College)

Teach your students "netiquette" with these printable tips. (Boston Public Library)


Video Instruction

This Pearson Longman site offers concise tips on using video to enhance classroom learning.