The first resource I want to share is http://www.proteacher.net/ It is wonderful. When I first looked at the site I was overwhelmed and left it quickly then Marcie let me in on how to use it...go to your grade level board and that's it! I have found sooooo many useful resources and ideas there!!!!! I'm finally a Jr. member although I've been a member since August 2007. For the first several years I just read and downloaded resources that others had posted. (look for the paperclip it indicates an attachment..worksheet, game, poster, organizational tool etc.) I finally started posting comments and questions and now I can post attachments too. Check it out!
The next resource I need to share is Kim Sutton's Creative Mathematics. She is a true guru in elementary mathematics! If you ever get a chance to hear her speak or go to one of her conferences don't pass it up! I have had the opportunity to hear her about a dozen times, at math conferences or going to one of her trainings and EVERY time I have ever hear her I have learned something new. One of the things she says motivates children are 4 4-letter words: dice (she uses double dice & others!) race, game, and food (just naming something after a food can spark interest!). Check out her site http://www.creativemathematics.com/
Whole Brain Teaching is AWESOME! If you have never checked them out I strongly encourage you to do so! In December I went to a one day training and it has changed the way I teach! You can see their videos on teacher tube if your school district blocks youtube. They used to be referred to as Power Teaching, but change their name to represent what they are sharing more accurately. The idea is that the more areas of the brain that we actively engage the more learning occurs. Their techniques also help with classroom management and discipline. This Saturday, April 9, they are having a live TV broadcast on the web! It's completely free and you can text in questions to the founder, Chris Biffle. It is at 9 a.m. PST and here's the link http://www.livestream.com/wholebrainteaching1 Their website has tons of great info and free downloadable ebooks, all they ask is to spread the word!. I have begun using their 'power pix'
If you have never checked out Beth Newingham's website; it is a MUST VISIT for elementary teachers! I have no idea how she does it all! She has many resources avalible on her site. Check it out!
A special GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Kristen at Ladybug Resources for the technical help I needed to get this out there!!! :)
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