Teaching – Miscellaneous Resources

Character Education

CASEL is the “Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning”. They offer information and resources for schools that want to implement SEL programs. One place to start would be their introductory Fundamentals of SEL page.
Includes information a “How To Get Started” section, discussion forum, online resources, suggested reading, materials to order, and more.
Character.org: The Character Education Partnership
Resources for character education programs including free online quarterly newsletter, publications for ordering, and a database of links searchable by either organization or publication definitions.
Edutopia: Bullying Prevention
Explore how parents, educators, students, and communities can work together to address the causes and effects of bullying and cyberbullying.
Edutopia: Social and Emotional Learning
Find and share resources for creating a healthy school culture by helping students develop skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions.
Good Character.com
Character Education and Social Emotional Learning: Curriculum, Lesson Plans, Activities, Programs & Resources
Learning for Justice
Learning for Justice offers a magazine, podcasts, reports, lesson plans, and further materials for educators interested in promoting diversity and equity in the classroom. (Formerly ‘Teaching Tolerance’)
Positive Emotions in the Classroom: Tips for Boosting Curiosity, Hope, and Belonging
Ultimately, when teachers and students have so much to gain and nothing to lose, there is good reason to focus on increasing positive emotions in the classroom. To get started, try these strategies to boost curiosity, hope, and belonging.
Social-Emotional Learning: Why It Matters and How to Foster It
Figuring out how and when to teach and assess SEL skills, however, can be daunting to even the most seasoned educator. So we’ve created this guide to social-emotional learning, packing it full of questions to consider and techniques to try.
Why Social-Emotional Learning Is Suddenly in the Spotlight
Christina Cipriano, the director of research at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a research scientist at the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine…. broke down for us what SEL is, where it comes and how it works. EdSurge (May 2019)

Copyright & Plagiarism

Free and Freemium Plagiarism Checkers
Code of Best Practices for Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education helps educators gain confidence about their rights to use copyrighted materials in developing students’ critical thinking and communication skills. With slides, videos, FAQs and more.
Copyright & Creative Commons for K-12 Educators
Recording of a webinar by speaker and computer teacher Richard Byrne. (March 2021)
The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons
Understanding digital copyright is an essential skill we need to understand and teach our students. With this post, we hope to dispel a few myths and pull together a complete list of resources for teachers and students to use when blogging and working with content online. Clear and nicely-organized.
Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing
A lesson plan for middle school.
Preventing plagiarism: a guide for students and educators
Detailed guide to what plagiarism is, types of plagiarism, tricks students may use to try to get around plagiarism detection tools, and further information.
Under the TEACH Act, certain copyrighted materials may be used in electronic formats without having to obtain permission from the copyright holder… within certain limits as detailed on this page. Further information may be found at 17 U.S. Code § 110 at Cornell Law School and TEACH Act Checklist at UTexas.
A Teacher’s Guide to Copyright and Fair Use
There are rules when it comes to using copyrighted material in the classroom—and easy ways to make sure you’re always in the clear.
Teaching About Plagiarism
The best way to prevent plagiarism is to educate students on how to properly conduct research, cite, quote, and produce unique and original work. This section contains a large array of recommendations for pedagogy and policy. From Plagiarism.org, which also includes a comprehensive set of resources to help students write with integrity.
Teaching Copyright
Provides lessons and ideas for opening your classroom up to discussion, letting your students express their ideas and concerns, and then guiding your students toward an understanding of the boundaries of copyright law.
Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism
…I do believe we can cut way back on less deliberate instances of plagiarism by teaching students the skills to avoid it. … Below I have outlined five exercises you can do with students in grades 7-12 to give them a much better understanding of what plagiarism is and how to correctly integrate research into their own writing.

Flipped Classroom

5 Videos on Making Flipped Video Lessons
Links to videos on making flipped video lessons. (Feb. 2015)
6 Myths of the Flipped Classroom
Article for college teachers discussing misconceptions about flipped learning. (Inside Higher Ed, May 2014)
Interactive lessons, projects, presentations, & more. Combine all types of digital content and your files to create a lesson Includes large library of lessons already made, ability to integrate quizzes into lessons, and option to log in with your Google account.
An Easy Way to Create Your Own Captioned Flipped Video Lessons
Here’s the outline of how you can use Google Slides and screencasting to create a captioned flipped lesson. (Oct. 2018)
Edutopia: Blended Learning
Edutopia’s ‘Blended Learning’ topic incorporates blog articles, videos, and discussions about flipped teaching as well as related topics.
Flip It: Flipped Classroom Basics for the New Normal
Since flipping is a real possibility for how learning will take place in the near future, I think it’s important for all teachers to gain a grasp of this model, including the benefits and challenges it poses, and consider how they might use the model with their own students. (Jan. 2021)
Flipped Classroom 101
With every challenge comes an opportunity. During the COVID-19 lockdown, the entire education industry had to face a shakedown. Now, more than 1.6 billion students are looking for alternate solutions as schools shut down. (Aug. 2020)
Flipped Learning Network
The mission of the Flipped Learning Network™ is to provide educators with the knowledge, skills, and resources to successfully implement Flipped Learning.
Media Making Toolkit
Are you interested in integrating media making into your classroom? … Find instructions, videos, worksheets and rubrics for implementing media-making projects with students. From KQED
Pros and Cons of a Flipped Classroom
On the one hand, they help teachers save valuable class time while boosting student engagement. On the other hand, they can increase prep time for teachers and can present challenges to students. Overall, many educators find the advantages of flipped classrooms outweigh the drawbacks. (Nov. 2021)
Using Flipped Classroom when teaching online (video)
A tutorial that demonstrates how useful the Flipped Classroom approach can be to teaching online. This video is full of practical ideas of how you could use the Flipped Classroom approach when delivering an online course. (May 2020)

Game-Based Learning

5 Ways to Gamify Your Classroom
How can we use this pervasive and engaging gaming phenomenon to redesign and supercharge the blended learning experience? Here are five ways to gamify your classroom to boost engagement, collaboration and learning in remote, hybrid, and in person learning environments… (Feb. 2021)
10 Brilliant Game-Based Learning TED Talks
The Filament Games blog highlights 10 favorite game-based learning lectures from experts in game development, education, neuroscience, and more. (July 2020)
ASU Center for Games and Impact
Our commitment is to grow our understanding of game-enabled innovations for impact through use-inspired initiatives, scaling out the impact of these products at the same time building capacity of others to leverage lessons learned.
Digital Games: Powerful Motivation Tool or Not So Much?
Van Eck said children value games not necessarily because they’re flashy and entertaining, but because they’re “hard fun”—in other words, it is the thrill of the game’s challenge that keeps students coming back. (Jan. 2021)
Digital Pedagogy – A Guide for Librarians, Faculty, and Students
A look at gaming in the classroom, with best practices, case studies, and further resources.
Edutopia: Game-Based Learning
A round-up of blog posts by Edutopia contributers on the topic of game-based learning.
Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff including Jeopardy style quiz shows, scavenger hunts, crossword puzzles, and other review games and tools.
Game-Based Learning: What Is It? GBL vs Gamification: Types and Benefits
Basically, GBL is a strategy that uses the idea of a playing game to reach specific learning objectives, whether they belong to knowledge, skills, or attitudes…. (July 2020)
Gamification: How Online Educational Games Keep Students Engaged in Virtual Learning
The two main components of gamification are “game mechanics” (points, levels, badges, etc.) and “game dynamics” (competition, collaboration, etc.).2 Both of these elements work together to create a gamified experience in an otherwise nongaming situation. (July 2020)
Gamification in Education: What is it & How Can You Use It?
The gamification theory in education is that learners learn best when they are also having fun. Not only this – they also learn best when they have goals, targets and achievements to reach for, of course in a way the learner still perceives as fun.
When is Gamification in Education Not a Good Idea?
Teachers can also use games to improve teamwork in the classroom and create deeper connections between students. … If you’re wondering whether it’s appropriate to add games into your lesson, here are some examples of when it may not be a good idea. (March 2021)
Why Your Brain Loves Video Games
A SlideShare presentation on how games reward and instruct their players to make learning engaging. (2010)

Graphic Organizers

Education Oasis
A number of free graphic organizers in PDF format.
ESIFC: Assessments
Dozens of editable graphic organizers in Word format from the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum. The organizers are arranged by grade but can also be accessed by standard.
Over 100 free, printable graphic organizers for a wide variety of topics. In PDF format.
National Geographic
About two dozen graphic organizers in PDF format.

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Brains remember more easily with drawings than written notes
That was the finding of a recent Canadian study, which supports previous research showing that drawing aids memory better than writing notes or than picturing something in your mind or looking at related images. Researchers say rendering images on paper incorporates multiple ways of representing the information — with visual, spatial, verbal, semantic and motor skills.
How Sketchnoting Can Help with ‘Zoom Fatigue,’ Student Agency and Building Relationships
Sketchnoting doesn’t just lead to gains in keeping students’ attention, it’s a useful way for learners to organize and retain information.
Is student note-taking relevant in classes today?
Discusses why of note-taking, different kinds of notes, reasons for students to take notes, and different methods of taking and studying with notes.
Note-taking: A Research Roundup
This article and podcast looks at research into note-taking and note-taking best practices.
Sketchnoting in the classroom: 12 ways to get started
Sketchnoting, or visual note-taking, can transform those doodles into a tool that helps our students deepen their understanding of a concept. It’s a fun and brain-friendly way to organize ideas visually and makes them easy to remember.

Project-Based Learning

Edutopia: Project-Based Learning
Links to articles, videos, and blog posts describing what project-based learning is and how to implement it in the classroom.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Project-Based Learning Articles
Articles with ideas and suggestions of apps and tools for project-based learning.
It Might Be Hands-on Learning, But Is It Minds-on Learning?
When the tasks are inherently meaningful, hands-on learning becomes a bridge between the abstract and concrete. … So, we need to go beyond having students color in maps with colored pencils. … Here are a few diagnostic questions to help guide the planning process. (Oct. 2019)
Our services, tools, and research are designed to build the capacity of K-12 teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning… Includes free online videos, handouts, worksheets, and informative materials as well as some books for sale.
Project Based Learning Done Right: 10 Misconceptions Plus 10 Resources to Raise the PBL Bar
et’s take a look at these ten areas, and also how we as educators can use PBL as a vehicle for authentic student-centered learning. (May 2019)
Project-Based Learning Done Right: Aligning Academics, Skills and Careers
So how can you, as a leader and educator, make sure that the project-based learning in your school is driving at something more than projects for projects’ sake? How can you make sure that all of your students are being challenged, developing skills they can take out of the classroom and into the real world, and are set up for success in their careers and lives? (July 2019)
10 Things That Happen When Students Engage in Project-Based Learning
Students need to master content standards. But Google’s survey proves that many teachers have been saying for years: that the so-called “soft skills” aren’t soft at all. Fortunately, when students engage in PBL, they develop these skills and disciplines needed to thrive in the Creative Economy. (Aug. 2019)


Creating and Using Rubrics for Assessment
Links to dozens of pre-made rubrics to use or adapt via the University of Wisconsin.
Digitales: Evaluating Projects
Discusses elements of evaluation and allows one to craft scoring guides for various kinds of audio-visual presentations.
How to Use Rubrics in Google Classroom
Google Classroom now has a rubrics feature available to some G Suite Education users. Here’s a short overview of how it works. (Sept. 2019)
Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything: Assessment and Rubrics
Long set of subject-organized links to various kinds of rubrics and rubric-builders, including links to Common Core aligned rubrics.
Know Your Terms: Holistic, Analytic, and Single-Point Rubrics
Describes the different kinds of rubrics and the advantages and disadvantages of each. (2014)
Meet the #SinglePointRubric
The practice of using single point rubrics is slowly but surely catching on. The simplicity of these rubrics — with just a single column of criteria, rather than a full menu of performance levels — offers a whole host of benefits… (2015)
MyPBLWorks: Rubrics
Offers several examples of presentation rubrics, both CCSS-aligned and not.
Rubric Repair: 5 Changes That Get Results
…[A] well-designed rubric can be more than just an evaluation tool. For the teacher, it can clarify expectations… For the learner, knowing what is expected from the start along with clear indicators of progress provides an effective means to self-assess… So how do we get there? How do we take our current rubrics and fine-tune them so they deliver on those promises? These five guidelines will help. (Aug. 2019)
RubiStar: Create Rubrics for your Project-Based-Learning Activities
RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics but does not have the time to develop them from scratch.
Teacher Planet: Rubrics for Teachers
Lists rubrics by topic and level, plus articles on building and using rubrics, and rubric generators. Includes rubrics on technology and behavior as well as the usual school subjects.
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