Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

Measuring Ant Tunnels

Students have used three non-standard measuring tools to estimate the length of an ant tunnel. Think about the problem-solving aspect of this activity as you compare their estimates.

Meeting The Needs of Students

Generate integrated teaching activities that meet student needs, e.g. creativity, social interaction, etc.

Noteflight

Compose and arrange scores. In the Noteflight online community, musicians and educators create, adapt, find, and share music for their musical needs and the needs of their students.

Placing Artifacts in Time

This interactive focuses on the concept of Chronological Thinking. Using the example of Pocahontas, explore how historical representations change over time, and often reflect the period in which the representation was created.

Planning a Weekly Writing Schedule

Consider a week in your classroom, record instances when your students are writing and find additional places to fit writing into your teaching. See a sample of one weekly schedule where writing has been incorporated across the curriculum.

Powerful Teaching and Learning

Read the description of each segment, then identify up to three elements of powerful teaching and learning best represented in the segment. Once you've identified the elements, explain your answers.

Learn the visual language of maps (perspective, symbols and data) and see how mapping techniques have changed over time. Practice looking at maps as historical artifacts.

Apply the reasoning and proof standard to a problem based on the Fraction Tracks game. Observe as students use a linear model as well as hands-on materials to solve the same problem.

Relationship Between Scientific Graphics and Text

In this activity, explore the important connection between graphics and text in science writing by annotating a graphic and text about asteroid impacts and mass extinctions on Earth.

Representations of an Infinite Series

What are some different ways to represent the sum of consecutive powers of 1/2; that is, 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + 1/16 + ..., etc? Explore physical, numeric, geometric and symbolic representations and consider how you represent math in your own mind.

Representing Different Styles of Data

This activity explores how to interpret different styles of representing data, focusing on data related to the thinning ozone layer.

Respond to Student Writing

Identify strengths and areas for improvement in an authentic piece of student writing. Provide enough feedback to help the student become a better writer but not too much to overwhelm him or her.

Respond to Student Writing: Cell Phones

Use an interactive rubric to evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses in a student's essay on cell phone use in schools. Then compare your responses to another teacher's.

Respond to Student Writing: Skates 280

Use an interactive rubric to evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses in a student's essay on an experience at a skating party. Then compare your responses to another teacher's.

Respond to Student Writing: The Watch Glass

Use an interactive rubric to evaluate areas of strengths and weaknesses in a student's poem comparing school to a watch glass. Then compare your responses to another teacher's.

Responding to Works of Art

Learn how to respond to artwork by describing, interpreting meaning and evaluating effectiveness of the piece. You can modify the technique for your students.

Sampling Data

There are 20 chips in a container, some are red and some are blue. Take out a few chips and then, based on the chips selected, try to determine how many of each are in the container.

Scaling the Area of a Community Garden

Calculate the area of a rectangle and a triangle as you change one or both of their dimensions. While looking at representations of several different rectangles and triangles, represent your findings in a table and determine if there is a pattern.

Each of three groups of students tried to figure out how five people can share eight cookies. Observe as the groups comes up with very different solutions.

Skimming, Scanning, and Interpreting

Text accompanied by questions leads students through process of skimming (glancing through text for main idea), scanning (searching text for specific information) and interpretation (grasping and reacting to the deeper message).