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Samantha's Curation of Teaching Resources

Here is a list of resources I will use to enhance me teaching and build an up-to-date PLN.

Free Classroom Management Worksheets, Posters, Lesson Plans, Resources

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This is a great and mostly free resource for any teacher! Upon stumbling onto it, I found a poster that says " 'I want to hire employees who don't finish their work' Said no boss ever" I thought this was good motivation, especially for my high school aged students who will be headed off to get jobs soon if they do not already have them. There are other good posters, worksheets, and other resources on this website that could potentially be helpful with managing a classroom.

Free Teacher Resources | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources

Free elementary, middle and high school teacher resources, including puzzlemaker, student games and activities and lesson plans.

I have used this in the past to find lesson plans, worksheets, and ideas to incorporate into my classroom. Some schools have subscriptions, some you can only get the free resources from, but even those are still great to have access to!

The Honor Roll: 50 Must-Read K-12 Education IT Blogs

There's no question that technology has transformed the classroom. Thanks to the proliferation of mobile-computing devices, social media and online-learning resources, and classroom-based tools such as interactive whiteboards and document cameras, digital literacy has become increasingly important for today's students. But developing strong technological skills is only half the battle; mastering the subject matter using these tools is equally important.

The importance of this one is pretty obvious, this would fit my technology goal by keeping me up to date with the newest and best technology for my classroom. This also allows me to follow multiple blogs on the same topic and easily locate information.

Anatomy Arcade

Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome games, interactives and videos.

This would be an excellent resource to use for supplemental Anatomy Labs when others cannot be located!




Remind, formerly Remind101, is a communication tool that helps teachers reach students and parents where they are.

This a GREAT tool for classroom management and management of behavioral issues! Keeping students in the know will hopefully cut down on the amount of dysfunction that may occur at the beginning of class when students are not prepared for the events of the day. I heard of this through a coworker and thought I would give it a try. It especially works great at the high school level where most students have cell phones they can access their reminders from.



Kahoot! is a free game-based learning platform that makes it fun to learn - any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages!

Using this webpage, I can make quizzes and tests, but most importantly educational games. This incorporates both technology and new ways to integrate Anatomy material in a fun and exciting way when other resources aren't present.

Poll Everywhere

Poll Everywhere is the easiest way to gather live responses in any venue... conferences, concerts, classrooms, and company off-sites - anywhere with internet. We've been working to end 'death by PowerPoint' and raise the bar on presenting since 2008. More than 4,000 schools and 100,000 teachers poll with Poll Everywhere.

This fits my technology integration goal and classroom management because I can keep kids using technology for good and keep them engaged by asking them questions and getting honest answers to each of my questions.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps.

I cannot believe that I am just now adding this to my PLN! This is an amazing resource for any teacher or student. I use this quite frequently to substitute material when students miss class, or when I need further explanation of something difficult. This would most align with my Anatomy goal because students who miss labs or information could use this as a tool to further their understanding of the missed topics.




While the leaves haven't started to change their colors yet, fall is right around the corner. And with it, the start of a new school year! Although my guess is, a few of you have probably already started...

This blog gives reviews on educational technology and how to best use certain resources in the classroom. I find this extremely helpful for my technology goal because though you may see many technological tools, that doesn't mean they work well for your classroom. That is always one of my biggest fears, that I will try something new and it will fail because it isn't set up for a classroom like mine!

My Paperless Classroom | A Blog by Sam Patterson

Mypaperlessclassroom is a blog about pedagogically progressive tech integration focused on k-5 STEM, programming, and student centered lesson design.

This may be one of my favorite resources that I have found so far. It is a feed of technology resources for education. Though sometimes the material doesn't apply to me as a high school science teacher, there is some that does! I enjoy keeping up with the latest tech that I can use in my classroom. It seems to be one the the best ways to keep students engaged in the classroom since they have a love for all things technology.

Rubrics for Teachers |

A large selection of K-12 Rubrics and Assessment Tools for Teachers including ready made and do-it-yourself rubric generators for student assessment.

This covers a few ideas for me. First, in high school, when students know what is expected of them, less chaos ensues. By having rubrics that can be given to the student it will help manage the classroom. In addition it is also a good technology resource.

Virtual Frog Dissection

This is exactly as it sounds, this site would be an excellent replacement to a lab where actual specimens are needed. This is especially important with all the recent budget cuts! This is a great stand in for a true lab dissection.

Virtual eye Dissection: The Anatomy of an Eye

This site allows students to virtually dissect an eye. Also a great replacement lab for the real thing!

Virtual Fetal Pig Dissection

This site is designed as a supplement to laboratory dissections exploring introductory mammalian anatomy and physiology - it is basic and many details have been omitted for clarity. We hope that it is suitable for AP Biology students or for students of introductory anatomy and physiology at the college level.

This could be used to replace an actual fetal pig dissection which is great because of expense of actual dissection.

GetBodySmart: Interactive Tutorials and Quizzes On Human Anatomy and Physiology

A study guide to learn about human anatomy, human physiology, anatomy and physiology, and the human body systems. Included are many anatomy and physiology quizzes and animations.

Parts of this site could be used as supplemental labs or worksheets for students taking anatomy. | Your Interactive Guide to Human Anatomy is a free virtual human anatomy website with detailed models of all human body systems. The Internet's best anatomy learning resource!

This is a great online interactive tool for anatomy. It would cover both my technology goal as well as my supplemental lab goal!

Effective Classroom Management: Organizing to Enhance Discipline and Order

In my opinion, effective classroom management is supported by three primary pillars: clear rituals and routines, adequate student motivation, and effective classroom organization. The topic of this page is classroom organization. Please also see classroom routines and motivating students . A Place and a Time for Everything In my opinion, kids just seem to do better with structured activities.

Recently it has become apparent to me that my biggest concern is not as much discipline issues but more so keeping a good ritual that keeps students on task and engaged to keep learning. This site offers ideas and resources to help balance my classroom in a way that best facilitates learning in my class.

Classroom Solutions | Solutions for the Classroom by Love & Logic®

Classroom Solutions | Solutions for the Classroom by Love & Logic® Positive techniques for maintaining calm and effective classrooms Today's educators are faced with a dizzying array of competing demands related to implementing new curricula, student testing and other mandates.

My students get nothing but respect from me, after looking at some of the ways this site says to help manage the classroom, I thought of it as a checklist. One of the parts that's missing in my classroom is on the rare occasion things do go wrong, making sure that students are properly disciplined and that I handle disciple equally across the board for my classroom.

RubiStar Home

RubiStar is a tool to help the teacher who wants to use rubrics, but does not have the time to develop them from scratch.

In addition to finding rubrics for projects with students, this site allows me to make my own. This is a great tool for keeping order in a classroom by telling a students exactly what will be expected of them.

Classroom Organization Resources

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This is another great classroom management site which offers suggestions not only on how to keep the classroom organized, but also on how to keep well organized lesson plans and even goes so far as to offer lesson plans that can be used to enhance teaching and classroom organization.