Useful sites for educators
The Evolution of a Word Lover
September 4, 2013
In a moving autobiographical essay in the New York Times Book Review, Joshua Henkin recounts how his bombing of the PSAT sent him on a lifelong word-learning journey, with the unlikely duo of his father and Stanley Kaplan as his mentors. Read Henkin's essay here.
Give Your Brain a Workout with Sports Literacy
July 22, 2013
Use Alan Brown's Sports Literacy Blog to find creative ways to encourage jocks to read! On Alan's blog, you'll find lots of links to popular sports-related texts, organized by genre – e.g., baseball, football, cycling, and even rock climbing. Since the site's curator, Alan Brown, spent years as a high school teacher and as a basketball coach, he knows how to excite students about reading through sports stories.
Find the Literature You Need... Online
February 12, 2013
Looking for texts accessible online? These e-text sites contain thousands of unbound texts. Anne of Green Gables, The Blue Fairy Book, Animal Farm, all of Mark Twain's writing? It's on there. Bonus: you can grab the vocabulary from any of these texts using VocabGrabber.
Enliven History with Docs Teach
October 23, 2012
The National Archives Experience's Docs Teach website offers teachers nifty, interactive "creation tools" that they can pair with the thousands of primary source documents they have curated from throughout American History.
Connected Educators and Their Personal Learning Networks
August 20, 2012
August is Connected Educators Month, and to celebrate, the New York Times Learning Network has rounded up 33 educators to explain who is in their "Personal Learning Network" (PLN). Among those responding are Visual Thesaurus executive producer Ben Zimmer and curriculum development director Georgia Scurletis. Check out all the responses here.