Teaching – Miscellaneous Resources

Character Education, SEL

Building Community With Restorative Circles
A technique for proactively building the skills and relationships students will need when challenges arise.
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 What is SEL? page.
Center for the 4th and 5th Rs
From SUNY Cortland, the Center serves as a regional, state, and national resource in character education.
Nationwide nonprofit initiative to support nonpartisan, nonsectarian character education. 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.
Circling Up for Community Building
Restorative practices are used as an alternative to punishment, but these group circles also work to foster a sense of community.
Edmodo: SEL Tools
Get the tools and resources you need to turn your classroom into a supportive community. (Requires free signup; signup can be done via Google accounts.)
Edutopia: Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School
Discover websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing bullying and harassment. Last update October 2016.
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
Internet4Classrooms: Character Education
Annotated links to various resources on character education, listed by grade level.
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.
Restorative Practices: A Guide for Educators
A new toolkit … aims to help educators better understand what restorative practices are and how they foster safe learning environments through community building and constructive conflict resolution.
Restorative Justice in School: An Overview
But one approach to addressing problematic behavior—restorative justice—really stands on its own, because it focuses on building relationships and repairing harm, rather than simply punishing students for misbehavior.
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.
Students’ Broken Moral Compasses
As my students seemed to crave more meaningful discussions and instruction relating to character, morality, and ethics, it struck me how invisible these issues have become in many schools. By omission, are U.S. schools teaching their students that character, morality, and ethics aren’t important in becoming productive, successful citizens? The Atlantic (July 2018)
Teaching Strategies to Support Social Emotional Learning
Here we’ll take a closer look at why social emotional learning is important, and give you a few teaching strategies you can use to support social-emotional learning in your classroom.
Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance publishes a semiannual self-titled magazine that profiles educators, schools and programs promoting diversity and equity in replicable ways. In addition, the program produces and distributes free, high-quality anti-bias multimedia kits.
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 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.
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.
Paper Rater
PaperRater will check the spelling and grammar of submitted text and run a plagiarism detection search as well. It offers a free version and a premium one with more features.
Our mission is to support the education community with a comprehensive set of resources to help students write with integrity. Site includes section of Teaching About Plagiarism resources.
Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing
A lesson plan for middle school.
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.

Flipped Classroom

5 Videos on Making Flipped Video Lessons
Links to videos on making flipped video lessons. (Free Technology for Teachers, Feb. 23, 2015)
6 Myths of the Flipped Classroom
Article for college teachers discussing misconceptions about flipped learning. (Inside Higher Ed, May 2014)
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. (Free Technology for Teachers, October 26, 2018)
Edutopia: Flipped Classroom
Blog articles, videos, and discussions about the flipped classroom.
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
TES Teach with Blendspace
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. (Formerly ‘Blendspace’.)

Game-Based Learning

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.
BreakoutEDU / BreakoutEDU Digital
In Breakout EDU games, players work collaboratively to solve a series of critical thinking puzzles in order to open a locked box. Each Breakout EDU starter kit can be used to play hundreds of games. The Digital section has some free to play online games.
ClassTools: Free Flash Games for Educators
Create free educational games, activities and diagrams in a Flash! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet!
Edutopia: Game-Based Learning
A round-up of blog posts by Edutopia contributers on the topic of game-based learning.
edWeb.net: Game-Based Learning
A community for discussing aspects of games-based learning in the classroom. Includes monthly webinars and archives. (Requires free registration.)
Filament Games
Filament produces a numbner of quality educational games.
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 Talk
A blog on the theory and practice of game-based learning.
Gaming Concepts: a video gaming curriculum for schools
Gaming Concepts can be used as a turn-key curriculum beginning on page one and going day-by-day through the Table of Contents to the end. This is the suggested use for novice gaming teachers. Or, it
can be used a la carte by more experienced gaming teachers as a resource to supplement their own curriculum resources.
Why Your Brain Loves Video Games
A SlideShare presentation on how games reward and instruct their players to make learning engaging.

Media Literacy

Center for Media Literacy
CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture. The ultimate goal is to make wise choices possible.
Common Sense Media
As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume. Mainly review of movies, tv shows, games, and other media.
Crash Course: Media Literacy
A series of short videos explaining what media literacy is, where we need to be aware of media messages, propaganda, and how to apply media literacy knowledge to future technologies.
Fact Checking
See our News page for fact-checking sites and information.
Although aimed primarily at parents and educators, this site has information for anyone interested in issues of media and society. Includes a “Media Issues” section with discussion of issues including violence, stereotying, online hate, and information privacy.
The Persuaders
FRONTLINE takes an in-depth look at the multibillion-dollar ‘persuasion industries’ of advertising and public relations and how marketers have developed new ways of integrating their messages deeper into the fabric of our lives.
PR Watch
Investigating and exposing public relations spin and propaganda, and by promoting media literacy and citizen journalism, this site includes detailed analysis of advertisements and PR of all sorts.
Project Looksharp
“Project Look Sharp is a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College to provide materials, training and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.” Topics include US History, Global Studies, Health, Environment, Psychology, General Media Literacy.
Propaganda Critic
Describes and illustrates techniques and uses of propaganda.
Propaganda Techniques
Propagandists use a variety of propaganda techniques to influence opinions and to avoid the truth. Often these techniques rely on some element of censorship or manipulation, either omitting significant information or distorting it.
We provide well-documented information about corporate public relations (PR) campaigns, including corporate front groups, people who “front” corporate campaigns, and PR operations.
Understand Media
Here you will find a wide array of resources to help you understand the way media works, and how you can become an active consumer of media. Includes materials for students, parents, teachers, and the general public.
Visual Literacy Today
Visual Literacy Today is an ongoing conversation about visual literacy, a field of study and practice that explores how we see and interpret images, how we use visuals to convey meaning and what it means to be literate in a digital age.


Create a Graph
Simple interface to create, print, and save various kinds of graphs.
CrossWord Puzzle Creators
Discovery Education: Puzzlemaker
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists.
Free Online Graph Paper
Print Free Graph Paper
Downloadable and printable graphs in a variety of sizes and colors. Also allows you to specify your own dimensions and create your own graph.
Personal Educational Press
Create free educational worksheets such as flashcards, game boards, and quizzes to print directly from your browser.
Printable Paper
1,792 papers you can download and print for free. We’ve got graph paper, lined paper, financial paper, music paper, and more.
Teacher Planet: Worksheets for Teachers
Your complete guide to FREE online worksheets for K-12 Educators. Find: Worksheets, Printables, Units, Theme Pages, Crosswords, Puzzles, Workbooks, Awards, Certificates, Diplomas and more – We list FREE materials for Teachers.
Teachers Printables
1,356 teachers printables and classroom printables that you can download, customize, and print for free. Choose from attendance charts, grading sheets, lesson planning forms, parent communication forms, office passes, school calendars, and more.
TeAchnology: Free Worksheets For Teachers
We offer over 11,000 free printable K-12 teacher worksheets. We offer a wide range of free teacher resources that can be used for reinforcement and review.
We Are Teachers: Free Printables
Free printables and free downloads for your classroom! You won’t want to miss these free teacher resources that you and your students will love. Make your teacher life easier with these worksheets, rubrics, posters, crafts, and more.

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.
A Great Project Based Learning Checklist for Teachers
Articles and guides from the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning blog.
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. But how do you craft meaningful hands-on learning experiences? Here are a few diagnostic questions to help guide the planning process.
PBL Works
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. (Tech & Learning, May 28, 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? (EdSurge, July 11, 2019)
Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning
Some “projects” border on busywork. Others involve meaningful inquiry that engages students’ minds.
Teaching Inquiry with Primary Sources
Inquiry-based learning follows a process that progresses through phases, but is recursive and reflective throughout. The six phases and their thought processes are detailed in the following diagram.
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.


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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