Note: These resources are geared for junior high and high school Language Arts teachers, but anyone who is an educator can modify and benefit from these resources.
Manage Student Projects/Diagnostic + Summative Tests:
Edmodo has a Facebook-like interface which allows teachers to create and upload assignments for students. Parents also have access to check up on how their kids are doing.
On top of that, it is 100% free. Students merely have to log in with the class code that you will find at the top right of the screen when clicking on the class you have created.
If you have easy access to computers in your classroom, take advantage of this resource and go paperless.
MobyMax is like Edmodo but with pre-made assignments already at hand. If you have minimal access to computers, sign up anyways to use the resources available.
I personally use this resource if I need help creating standard-based questions. More often than not, I use the passages and questions as my student’s summative test. These are the type of questions they are going to see on their standardized tests.
MobyMax promotes itself as being free, but there is a yearly fee if you want extras such as progress monitoring, placement tests, classroom tools, and student motivation (games they can play on the site if they accomplish a goal).
Once again, if you have limited computer access in the classroom, stick to the free version and use the site for its free assessment and worksheet resources.
Google Slides to share resources with your colleagues
Before Google Slides, I had always used Microsoft PowerPoint. I would save these lessons on a flash drive and plug it in the computer to project my PowerPoint. When I lost my flash drive, all of the lessons I had created and saved on there were GONE.
I was heartbroken for awhile until I got my act together and told myself I would just create better resources compared to the ones I lost on my flash drive.
Google Slides solves the problem of accidentally leaving your flash drive at home or *teardrop* losing your flash drive.
Of course, there is always the chance that the computer crashes and you lose your work. If you want to create a backup — should this occasion arise — you can download your PowerPoint as a .PDF file or even Word PowerPoint version on to your computer or flash drive.
An alternative to Google Slides is Prezi. If you have the time, Prezi is visually more appealing. However, switching to one slide to another on Prezi can get laggy if you have slow Internet connection.
Engaging Lesson Resources
*Note: Numbers 4–7 may have cons, but I will only be highlighting the pros of the resources below.
Coffee. Color. Cool teachers. Who could ask for more?
The Secondary English Coffee Shop is the perfect destination for any junior high/high school ELA teacher.
Here you’ll find the voices of 9 entrepreneurial-spirited teachers who have collaborated to provide teachers with strategies and resources to optimize learning in the classroom setting.
5. Room 213
Do you want to shift from a traditional, direct instruction approach to a workshop, self-regulating mode of instruction in the classroom?
Room 213 has the resources to help guide you in facilitating meaningful, interactive stations and workshops with your students.
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Even though the website primarily advertises the selling and buying component of resources, you will find plenty of free lessons on this site.
There is a growing amount of resources as well as a growing amount of teachers who peruse this site to look for quality content.
Even if you’re not a mainstream teacher, I highly encourage you to create quality, lesson-related content if you are trying to earn extra income on the side.
It is completely free to create an account: both for buying and selling purposes. Create your own lesson content based on your skillset and browse “trending this week” if you want an edge and a boost in the likelihood of people stumbling across your content.
The Entrepreneur Teaching Model:
Let it be known: there are LOTS of great teacher bloggers out there. However, Ms. Jennifer Gonzalez’s website drew my attention based on her clean, simple interface and real-world application approach in delivering her brand as a teacher.
Ms. Gonzalez emphasizes the tech side of teaching and professional development, but this is optimal for preparing students for the technological age that surrounds them.
Gonzalez has a Teacher Pay Teachers store, podcasts, two books, and online courses to become tech savvy in the classroom. Most of her content requires purchase, but you can still find some freebies on her TPT store.
In addition, she has 4 videos on Classroom Management, 12 in instructional practice, 12 in general teaching advice, and 24 in educational technology. Altogether, that’s 52 videos. Binge-watch anyone?
What I’ve Learned from Year One to Present:
1. I can’t level up without having models — a mentor — to show me the way.
2. I prided myself in wanting to do things on my own. That’s the mentality that stops me from growing. The most successful people had help from others.
Upcoming Projects for Accountability:
- Create article(s) for submission to The Ascent for this week. Please cross your fingers for me that my submissions get accepted!
- Mini side project: Mystery post…? Release: This week
- Create “7 Wanderful Wonders of the Web: A Peek into Inspiring Travel Blogs”. Release: Week of March 5th.
- Create a “How-to Guide To Organize Your Files + Lessons” Release: Week of March 12th.
My goal is to write 2–3 articles per week.
What are your upcoming projects? Post below and let’s keep each other accountable!
With love. ❤