A new venture for Buchlady!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I am excited to tell you about a new project I’ve taken on.  I’ll be writing a regular feature for the folks at Teachers First.  (I have blogged about their site and their free webinars before.  A great resource for teachers!)

The idea is to provide information and resources to teachers who find themselves in the unfortunate situation of being without a teacher librarian/library media specialist because of budget cuts.

I am planning to alternate between suggested read-alouds for various grade level clusters, and articles or lesson plans around information literacy.  The current article is called “Gifts of Character” and centers around suggested read-alouds for this season of giving–not holiday books, but books that bring to light the traits of generosity, benevolence, philanthropy, and kindness. Check it out!

I would welcome any suggestions you might have for future topics, and PLEASE pass along this resource for any teacher friends you might have around the U.S. who could use this kind of help.

TeachersFirst Gets a Facelift!

Readers of this blog know that I have written here and here and here about the professional development provided by the folks at Teachers First in their OK2ASK snack sessions and webinars.

What I haven’t blogged about before is the vast number of web resources I’ve learned about from Teachers First, all reviewed by people in the field, just like you and me.  This is taken from their homepage:

TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our robust search tools.

Teachers First takes the guesswork out of web tools and sites to use with your students, and when you subscribe to their weekly updates you know you’ll get all the latest content.

Earlier this summer Teachers First got a facelift, and their site is easier than ever to use.  Teachers have access to the Edge (reviews of web 2.0 tools), unit ideas, lesson plans, ready-to-go classroom activities for interactive whiteboards, special topics, a classroom planning calendar with important dates and upcoming events, and more.

Searching on Teachers First is easy.  Search by keyword and grade level and you’ll find resources appropriate for your particular students. Explore the different tabs at the top of the page and look at links on the sidebars as well.  If you’re looking to infuse your lessons with some technology give Teachers First a try!

Please leave a comment and let me know how you are using Teachers First.