Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The MEGALIST of Natural Disasters

Photo taken before Hurricane Sandy. ©J.Greller

We are witnessing a lot of extreme weather lately which seems to be the product of global warming. Students need to understand the difference between hurricanes, typhoons and tornadoes, as well as why they all occur in the first place. Hopefully I have covered all the resources necessary below...

Active Weather Alerts- from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

American Meteorological Society

Build Your Own Weather Station- Discovery Education lesson plan

Commuter Forecast- just enter destination

Discovery Education Lesson Plans

EdHeads: Weather Activities

Hands-On Science and Literacy Lessons About Weather and Climate- grades K-5

How's the Weather Today?- National Geographic Education

Inside the Climatologist's Toolbox

Interactive Weather Maker

Interactives on the Weather- from Annenberg Learner

Introduction to Weather Map Symbols and Terminology

Kid Info- weather facts and weather resources

Lesson Plan Central- weather lessons

National and Local Weather- weather.com

Preschool Education Theme: Weather

Preschool Weather Arts and Crafts

The Science Spot- weather lesson plans

Stop Disasters!- disaster simulation game

Tree House Weather Kids- Interactive site is also available in Spanish

Weather Activities and Smartboard Activities- very good site with a weather game, research section and so much more

Weather Lesson Plans- from TeAchnology

Weather Lesson Plans, Themes, Printouts, Crafts- The Teacher's Guide

Weather Map- shows U.S. weather map and some streaming video from weather cams

Weather Printables, Lesson Plans, Resources- from TeacherVision; covers grades K-12

Weather Scope: Make a Weather Station

Web Weather for  Kids


Great California Shakeout Day- world's largest earthquake drill; warnings about "The Big One"
May 24, 2013- 5.7 largest to hit since 2008
October 19 Earthquake- Gulf of California affected



A to Z Teacher Stuff- small list of lessons about hurricanes

Apps for Tracking Hurricanes- nice listing of apps available in the iTunes store; most $$, some free

Best Books for teaching About Hurricanes- from Education World

BrainPop- video on hurricanes (younger kids)

Editors' Choices from Education World- best books to teach about hurricanes

FEMA Site- steps to prepare for a hurricane; kids site here.

How Hurricanes Work- from How Stuff Works; includes quiz, video

How Names are Chosen- includes listing of names to 2017

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank- "Launched in 2005, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the stories and digital record of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita." 

Hurricane Facts and Figures- from the St. Petersburg Times; includes hurricane gallery 

Hurricane Hunters Association
Hurricane Tracker- from weather.com

Hurricane Tracking Activity- from Enchanted Learning

Hurricanes Videos- WatchKnowLearn; filter by grade level

Hurricane Watch: Lessons and Activities- from Education World

Hurricanes- page includes graphs, maps

Facts, Damage and Aftermath- from LiveScience
History.com- article and videos on the 2005 hurricane



Fast Facts- from CNN

Lessons From the Storm- from TIME magazine

Best Books for Teaching about Tornadoes- Education World

How Do Tornadoes Form?- TED lesson with video below

Tornado Safety- Red Cross

Tornadoes Fact Sheet-from FEMA

Tornadoes!-lesson plan for grades 4-5

How Tsunamis Work- TED lesson and video

Tsunami Activities and Lesson Plans- from Teacher Planet

Tsunami Discussion Guide- grades K-2; from Teachervision

Tsunami Lesson Plan- grades 6-8; from Discovery Education

Tsunami Lesson Plans- from TeAchnology

Tsunami Resources for Teachers- from NOAA


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

When the Student Surpasses the Teacher

A few weeks ago, a group of friends and I attended a performance of the musical, Beautiful. What made this trip to N.Y.C. extra special was that we were going to have a Q and A with the show's director, Marc Bruni. Thirty years ago, Marc was a student of mine in an after school program. Seeing him for the first time since then made me gush with pride; my student had become a successful Broadway director!

Anyone who is a teacher understands how proud I felt. We refer to our students as "our kids", even though we are not their parents. Congratulations, Marc! You have surpassed your teacher!!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Mega List of Job Resources for Teachers

Yikes. Another school year is coming to a close It's that time when students are graduating college and school districts are eliminating positions for next year. Once again I am posting my comprehensive list of resources for teachers looking for a job. Special listing also for school librarians/media specialists. 100's of resources! Good luck!

updated 1/13/20

Job Interview Questions- covers interview questions, interview guide, after the interview, salary negotiation, second interview

10 Things Job Applicants Should Know- from the NY Times

2016 Best Private High Schools in New Jersey

The Association of Boarding Schools- search by keyword, job type, calendar year, salary and location

Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)- 

Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)- search by school or location

Career Builder- search for all types of jobs on this site

Christian School Employment- K-12 Christian teaching jobs

Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) -click on a school to see their openings

Indeed- one search, all jobs

Jobs 4 Teacher- search by city, state or zip code

K12 Jobs.com- site says they have served a million teachers and administrators in a year.......

K12 Jobspot- search by job title and state; when you pick a city it shows you how many positions from the drop-down menu; also shows the location on a map.


The 9 Best Places to Teach Overseas

New Jersey Association of Independent Schools (NJAIS)

NJ Hire- search by job type, location or keywords

NJ.com- postings are constantly being updated

NJ School Directory- all school web sites are listed by county; check employment opportunities on each site.

NJ School Jobs- search by county, specialty, school or date

New York State Association of Independent Schools- sort by position, city

Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools 

Peterson's Private School Search- covers The United States and countries

Private School Job Banks- from the Council for American Private Education (CAPE)

Resources for Teaching Jobs- only ten states are listed here

SchoolSpring- over 86,000 jobs listed; choose location, category, grade, job type

Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)- search for jobs or check other job banks

Teachaway- find jobs in places from Abu Dhabi to Beijing

Teacher Jobs- join for free; search the United States for a job.

Teachers-Teachers.com- site says it lists jobs for 1775 districts and they are in partnership with the NEA.

TESGlobal- from nursery to higher education, search education jobs from all over the world!

Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)- 

Why Las Vegas is Desperate to Hire Thousands of Teachers- article from HuffPost Politics

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)- state-by-state information

How to Become an International School Librarian


K-12 Media Specialist/Librarian Jobs- from Education Week

SchoolSpring- search by full/part time, location

USREAP- library media specialist job search

The 25 Most Creative Designer Resumes You'll See This Year

38 More Beautiful Resume Ideas That Work
- from JobMob

Cover Letters- from Career Lab

You can ignore the sales pitch---there is a lot of valuable information: 

Create a Free Teacher Portfolio

Got Resume Builder- build your resume online; download as a PDF, Word doc or text file

How to Create Your Own Career Portfolio- from Bob Books

How to Write a Resume- from Open Colleges

JobMob- 36 beautiful resume ideas

Resume Help- site has examples resumes

A Resume in Prezi

Resume Tips and Advice- from Monster.com

Sample CV for Education Counselor- from CV Tips

Teacher Resume- from Microsoft online; you need MS Word to use this template

Teacher Resume- from Monster Worldwide, Inc.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The MEGALIST for RESEARCH: Everything Your Students Will Need!

This page is constantly evolving. The recent "fake news" explosion prompted me to put all resources in one spot for our students. This megalist has all they need to write their research papers and properly evaluate websites. Some areas do overlap, such as FAKE NEWS and WEBSITE EVALUATION, but they are all in one spot. Bookmark it.

UPDATED: 4/18/17


Bibomatic- for books only; enter the ISBN number of a book for the citation

Citation Generator

Citation Fox for APA

CiteBite- link directly to specific quotes on web pages

CiteFast- covers MLA, APA, Chicago and newspaper, magazine, web site, journal, book

EasyBib*- also now has an iPhone app where you can scan the ISBN number on a book

GoBiblio- free bibliography and citation generator

KnightCite- enter the information in the blank fields and your citation is generated; covers MLA, APA, Chicago

NoodleBib Express- free version of Noodle Tools

OttoBib- for books only; enter the ISBN number of a book for the citation

Son of Citation Machine- for APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian formats

Zotero*- keep all your research in one spot

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media
 Literacy Education- assists teachers in fair use doctrine; from the Center for Social Media

Copyright Advisory Network- "a way for librarians to learn about copyright and seek feedback and advice from fellow librarians and copyright specialists"

Copyright Basics- from Copyright Kids!

Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for TeachersPDF document

Creative Commons- various sharing methods explained

Cyberbee- cute interactive for grades 4-9

Fair Use Evaluator
"understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code."

Fair Use Wiki- the fair use clause explained

Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright- from the Library of Congress; interactive for kids in grades 4-8

Teaching Copyright
- Five 60-minute lessons

TeachersFirst Copyright and Fair Use Resources

United States Copyright Office- search records, register works

What is Copyright?- wiki managed by by teacher Mary Beth Hertz



4 Steps Schools Need to Take To Combat Fake News- Huffington Post

5 Ways to Spot Fake News- from Common Sense Media

The 5 Types of Fakes News- from Huffington Post

6 Ways to Spot Fake News- from Snopes

10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article- from EasyBib

The Classroom Where Fake News Fails- from NPR

Fake News Fooling Millions- from Scholastic's Up Front Magazine

Fake News Sites to Watch Out For on Facebook

Fighting Fake News- American Libraries

Google and Facebook Take Aim at Fake News Sites- N.Y. Times

Higher Ed Takes on Fake News Epidemic- from Education Dive

How Photos Fuel the Spread of Fake News

How Savvy Are Your Students? 7 Fake Websites to Really Test Their Evaluation Skills-EasyBib

How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media Sayvy)- Common Sense Media

Most Students Don't Know When News is Fake, Stanford Study Finds- Wall Street Journal

A News Literacy Tool Kit for a "Post Truth" World- Joyce Valenza's blog

The Real History of Fake News- from The Columbia Journalism Review

The Smell Test: Educators Can Counter Fake New with Information Literacy- SLJ

Students Need Our Help Detecting Fake News- from MiddleWeb

Three Historical Examples of "Fake News"- Scientific American

What are You Doing to Teach Students to Spot Fake News Stories?- by Bill Ferriter

What Stands Between Fake News and Students? Educators- from NEA

Checklist for Evaluating Web Resources

Credible Sources Count- view a 10-minute interactive tutorial about how to find sites you can trust. EXCELLENT!

EasyBib Website Evaluation Guide

Finding Reliable Information Online- slide presentation from middle school teacher Sean Hinger

How Savvy are Your Students? 7 Fake Websites to Really Test Their Evaluation Skills- EasyBib

*Kathy Schrock
 *The 5 W's of Website Evaluation

 *Critical Evaluation of a Website- high School

 *Critical Evaluation of a Website- middle school

 *Critical Evaluation of a Website- elementary school

Ten Questions for Fake News Detection- infographic checklist

University of Berkeley Library- an excellent tutorial on finding information on the Internet

Website Evaluation Guide- from EasyBib


NEWS BIASES CHART by Vanessa Otero

Ten Questions for Fake News Detection- infographic is in PDF form

Brain Pop: Fact and Opinion- interactive fun for the younger kids

Evaluating Sources in a 'Post-Truth' World: Ideas for Teaching About Fake News- NY Times Lessons

Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources- NY Times Learning Network

Fighting Fake News- includes Common Core standards

"He Said, She Said"-Reliable Sources- from School Journalism site

Hoax or No Hoax? Strategies for Online Comprehension and Evaluation- from ReadWriteThink; grades 9-12

Hoax? Scholarly Research? Personal Opinion? You Decide- lesson for high schoolers

How to Teach Your Students About Fake News- from PBS NewsHour; grades 7-9

I Heard it 'Round the Internet: Sexual Health Education & Authenticating Online Information- grades 7-9

Media Literacy and Fake News- from C-SPAN; grade not specified, but probably 9-12

Why Citations Matter: A Lesson in Preventing Alternative Facts- from EasyBib




FactCheck- project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Fake News Sites to Watch Out For on Facebook-

Fake News Watch- updates regularly; lists Fake/Hoax Websites, Satire Websites and Clickbait Websites.

Politifact- checking U.S. politics

Museum of Hoaxes- bogus web sites from A to Z

News Literacy Project- assists students in discerning real vs. fake news

Snopes- fact-checking site

Acknowledging Sources-from the University of Texas at Arlington; charts and diagrams included

Avoiding Plagiarism- from the Purdue Online Writing Lab; very good site gives an overview on
plagiarism, with information on paraphrasing and exercises for students.

Citation Machine- create a citation in APA, MLA, Turabian and Chicago; free

EasyBib- creates a citation from the information you input; MLA is free, cost for others

How to Cite Your Sources- very complete listing

KnightCite- from Calvin College; APA, MLA, and Chicago are all free

MLA Formatting and Style Guide- very complete; shows formatting for all types of sources

Paraphrase vs Plagiarism

Plagiarism Tutorial- information and 2 quizzes to check your knowledge; from the University of Southern Mississippi

Successful vs. Unsuccessful Paraphrasing- many examples are shown to explain the best way to paraphrase a paragraph

Types of Plagiarism 

What is Plagiarism?- a video from Rutgers University; explains the seriousness of plagiarism; excellent!!

WriteCheck- submit your paper to see if you plagiarized anything; $$

You Quote It, You Note It- a short slide presentation/quiz to see how much you know about plagiarism

Formatting Block Quotes

Formatting Your Research Paper--- Here's an example of what your paper should look like:

Finding Credible Sources with EasyBib

Primary and Secondary Resources

A primary resource is the original document, including photos, newspapers, birth certificates
Secondary sources evaluate or discuss primary sources.

Doing Research at the Elementary Level
- written by technology teacher Mary Beth Hertz

Evaluating Information Sources Worksheet- for older students

The Future of Research- written by middle school librarian Jennifer LaGarde

Google Scholar- advanced scholarly searches

Infomine- scholarly Internet searches

iResearch: Information Skills for Life
- 10 modules (covers plagiarism and searching databases) each include a PDF download

The Free Library- over 20 million articles and books

K-4 Research Materials- LiveBinder

Kentucky Virtual Library's How to Do Research- excellent interactive poster designed like a game board

Research it Right- from Acadia University's Library; animated interactive

Research Skills Lesson Plans- from Lesson Planet

Research Skills Worksheets- from TeAchnology; covers various topic areas 

Research Skills Worksheets- teacher-reviewed; grades listed

Research Skills Unit- for 8th grade students

Rutgers University's R.I.O.T.- wonderful interactive modules include: Selecting a Topic, Finding Sources, Selecting Keywords, Identifying Citations, Evaluating Sources.

State Library of Victoria- research skills for grades 5-9

Teaching Research Skills to Young Students- the role of the media specialist is explained

Using Critical Thinking to find Trustworthy Websites-video lesson by N.Y. middle school teacher Emily Koch (Grades 6-8)

Wading Through the Web: Teaching Internet Research Strategies- Three complete 45-minute lessons for grades 6-8


Checklist for Evaluating Web Resources

Credible Sources Count- view a 10-minute tutorial about how to find sites you can trust. EXCELLENT!

Critical Evaluation of Information- Kathy Schrock's guide by grade level; covers elementary through secondary 

EasyBib Research- students can enter a topic to search and EasyBib tells them if the site is credible or not. (NOTE: Not all sites have been rated)

Evaluating Internet-Based Information- from Media Smarts

Finding Reliable Information Online- slide presentation from middle school teacher Sean Hinger

The Five Ws of Website Evaluation- from Kathy Schrock

Museum of Hoaxes- bogus web sites from A to Z

University of Berkeley Library- an excellent tutorial on finding information on the Internet

Using Critical Thinking to Find Trustworthy Websites- video from Common Sense Media

Website Evaluation- I have put together three important links for your students


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