General Information and Where to Start

This pathfinder is intended for teachers and other educators in order to help locate resources on the Web. This information was gathered with the intent of meeting the professional needs of K-12 teachers.

Lesson Plans | Associations | Connecting with Other Teachers | Educational Standards | Classroom Management | Classroom Resources | Professional Reading and Journals | Using the Internet in the Classroom | General Online Resources | General Print Resources

Lesson Plans

There are many websites on the Internet offering lesson plans. This list includes some of the well-organized and navigable lesson plan sources.

LessonTutor Lesson Plans
LessonTutor is an Internet-based service providing education information to teachers and others interested in education. This collection contains lesson plans and worksheets which have been written and submitted to LessonTutor by teachers from the United States.

TeachNet Lesson Ideas
TeachNet has a large collection of lesson plans organized by subject, and has plans for all ages and levels of students.

DiscoverySchool.com Lesson Plans Library

DiscoverySchool.com, a subsidiary organization of The Discovery Channel, offers many well-developed lesson plans.

PBS TeacherSource Lesson Plan Database
The Public Broadcasting Station has developed a rich educational site with many lesson plans that are correlated to educational standards. The plans are searchable by keyword, grade level, subject or topic.

Microsoft Lesson Collection
This is the home of the Microsoft Lesson Collection and other educational resources. Lesson plans here can be searched by subject, grade level, or keyword.

ProTeacher Lesson Plans
Proteacher has a large browseable collection of lesson plans that are organized by subject area.

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Joining a local, national, or international teacher association can be a great way to gain support as a teacher. Associations can provide you access to resources, inform you of current events, and introduce you to other professionals with your interests.

National Education Association
NEA is an American organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. the NEA has members in every level of education, from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliates in every state as well as in over 13,000 local communities across the United States. This site contains a wide variety of educational policy and issue information for teachers, students, and parents.

The NEA can be contacted at:
National Education Association
1201 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-833-4000

American Federation of Teachers
The AFT is a trade union representing workers in education, health care, and public service. The AFT lobbies to influence policies on standards and professional practices. This site contains information about recent policy and standards issues in the United States.

The AFT can be contacted at:
American Federation of Teachers
555 New Jersey Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20001

National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
National PTA is a child advocacy organization in the United States. The PTA is a not-for-profit association of parents, educators, students, and other citizens active in their schools and communities. This site contains links to local PTAs, legislative activity, information about membership and program area information.

The National PTA can be contacted at:
National PTA
330 N. Wabash Avenue
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-670-6782
Toll-free: 800-307-4PTA (4782)
Fax: 312-670-6783
E-mail: info@pta.org


National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) promotes “excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.” This site contains subject area online information, legislative activity, and events information.

The NSTA can be contacted at:
National Science Teachers Association
1840 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington VA 22201-3000 USA
Phone: 703-243-7100

Canadian Teachers’ Federation
The CTF is the national bilingual umbrella organization for teachers for Canada. CTF advocates for the teaching profession and provides support to its Member organizations and teachers. This site contains information on educational issues, programs, and publications.

The CTF can be contacted at:
Canadian Teachers’ Federation
2490 Don Reid Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1H 1E1
Telephone: (613) 232-1505
Toll Free Line: 1-866-283-1505
Fax: (613) 232-1886
E-mail: info@ctf-fce.ca

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Connecting with Other Teachers

You may want to check out the following teacher listservs and web boards to share experiences and view perspectives on education.

Teacher Mailring Center
The Teacher Mailring Center contains dozens of available mail groups, dependent on the specific subject areas. You can pick out the mail groups that fit you best.

ProTeacher Community BusyBoard
The BusyBoards on online web boards for k-6 educators.

Teacher-2-Teacher and T2TBoards
This site offers both e-mail newsletters and online T2TBoards in many subject areas.

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Educational Standards

Educational standards are rising in importance in the educational community. Check out some of the sites below to see the kinds of standards being developed.

Sources for National Educational Standards
This site has links to National and State Curriculum Standards, gathered by the U.S. Census Bureau.

U.S. Education Standards
Education World presents the objectives of the voluntary National Education Standards for the major subject areas. This site allows educators to stay abreast of the current efforts being made in the area of National Standards.

National Science Education Standards
The National Science Education Standards outline what students need to know, understand, and be able to do to be scientifically literate at different grade levels. They describe an educational system in which all students demonstrate high levels of performance.

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Classroom Management

Classroom management is one of the biggest concerns for teachers, especially ones just entering the field. These sites provide some resources for assessing and implementing successful classroom management.

The Honor Level System
This site outlines the “The Honor Level System: Discipline by Design.” The Honor Level System blends assertive and empathetic styles of discipline.

What is your classroom management profile?

Complete this 12 item questionnaire learn more about your classroom management profile.

Discipline as a new teacher
This site provides information for new teachers about developing a discipline and management style.

LEARN North Carolina: Classroom Management
The North Carolina Department of Education has created an excellent resource for all teachers on classroom management.

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Classroom Resources

The sites listed in this section have many useful online resources for your classroom.

DiscoverySchool.com’s Teaching Tools

Includes a Puzzlemaker, Worksheet Generator, quiz-making tool, vocabulary quiz-maker, glossary builder, and clip art gallery.

Graphic Organizers
This site contains downloadable graphic organizers for students, including story maps, KWL chart, cause and effect, and many others.

LEARN North Carolina: Physical Environment
This site contains valuable information and resources on how to structure and decorate your classroom.

The Amazing Picture Machine

Provides a search tool for finding image and graphics resources online.

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Professional Reading and Magazines

Here are some of the education profession newsletters magazines available on the Internet.

e School News online
A monthly newsletter published during the school year discussing K-12 educational technology, available in both print and electronic formats.

Education Week
A national print and online magazine that focuses on current educational issues.

Teacher Magazine
A national print and online magazine dedicated to the issues and needs of teachers.

Education Magazine
Education World is a periodical published in both print and electronic formats. The magazine addresses current educational issues. The online site includes many educational Internet resources.

Electronic School

Electronic School is a technology magazine for K-12 school leaders published quarterly as a print and online supplement to The American School Board Journal, in cooperation with the Institute for the Transfer of Technology to Education (ITTE).

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Using the Internet in the Classroom

The Internet is a growing resource for the classroom. The websites listed below offer some assistance for using the Internet, and some useful resources for building lessons around the Internet

Searching the Net and Integrating the Internet in Your Curriculum
Included in this site are practical ideas from media specialists and teachers on using the Internet as an educational tool. Great general instruction and curriculum guidance.

Choose the Best Engine for Your Purpose
A guide for choosing a search engine that will best fulfill your specific needs. Provides some great information for students on the different ways to use search engines.

Developing WWW Research Lessons
This site helps teachers to develop and post a WWW integrated lesson that create opportunities for students to solve problems and create new answers and give teachers ways to use the WWW as a tool in their classrooms.

The Webquest Page
A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners’ time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners’ thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The model was developed in early 1995 at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge with Tom March.

Internet 101
This site is dedicated to teaching students of all ages about using the Internet.

Thinking Critically about WWW Resources
The World Wide Web has a lot to offer, but not all sources are equally valuable or reliable. Here are some points to consider. For additional points regarding Websites for subject disciplines, see the section on discipline-based resources.

Learning HTML
This tutorial is oriented towards children for learning basic HTML, though it is a valuable resource for all ages.

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General Resources

These comprehensive sites cover broad areas of teaching and provide links to many other valuable resources.

The Global Schoolhouse
Offers programs that help teachers integrate use of the Internet into their teaching. Intended for all levels of Internet use, and includes activities for students at all age levels.

AskERIC is a Internet-based service providing education information to teachers and others interested in education. ERIC is the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), a federally-funded national information system that provides a variety of services and products on education-related issues.

PBS TeacherSource
Public Broadcasting Station offers the “TeacherSource” to teachers as a center of educational resources, including lesson plans, connections to PBS shows, and educational technologies.

Blue Web’n
A database of the most useful, educational Internet resources categorized by subject, audience, and type of resource.

Created by The Discovery Channel, this site has many valuable resources for teachers, students, and parents.

The U.S. Department of Education
Stay up to date on the U.S. Department of Education’s initiatives and plans for K-12 education.

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General Print Resources

The following resources include the Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Dewey Decimal System numbers relevant to teaching and education. Also included are some book resources that may be of interest.

Finding Education Resources at your Library

Library of Congress Subject Headings
5 3640 Theory and practice of education
51 885 Systems of individual educators and writers
1025 1050 .7 Teaching (Principles and practices)
1050 .9 1091 Educational psychology
1101 1139 Child study
1131 1134 Psychical development
1140 1140 .5 Preschool education
1141 1489 Kindergarten
1501 1547 Primary education
1555 1602 Elementary or public school education
1603 1695 Secondary education. High schools
1705 2286 Education and training of teachers
2300 2430 Higher education
2801 3095 School administration and organization
3201 3325 School architecture and equipment
3401 3499 School hygiene
3525 3640 Special days. School life. Student manners and customs
8 6691 Special aspects of education
8 59 Forms of education Including self, home, and private school education
65 245 Social aspects of education
251 951 Moral and religious education. Education under church control
1001 1099 .5 Types of education
1390 5158 Education of special classes of persons
5201 6691 Education extension. Adult education
Dewey Decimal System
370 Education
371 Schools & activities; special education
372 Elementary education
373 Secondary education
374 Adult education
375 Curricula
378 Higher education

Educational Books

Wong, Harry K. The First Days of School : How to Be an Effective Teacher. 1998.
A good reference for new teachers about structuring your classroom, classroom management, and teaching skills.

Nelsen, Jane, Roslyn Duffy, Linda Escobar, Kate. Positive Discipline : A Teacher’s A-Z Guide. 1996.
A reference for classroom management methods and theories.

Watson, George. Classroom Discipline Problem Solver : Ready-To-Use Techniques & Materials for Managing All Kinds of Behavior Problems. 1998.
Another reference for classroom management skills and methods.

Price, Kay M., Karna L. Nelson. Daily Planning for Today’s Classroom: A Guide for Writing Lesson and Activity Plans. 1998.
An instructional guide on how to write lesson plans.

Braun, Linda W. Introducing the Internet to Young Learners : Ready to Go Activities and Lesson Plans. 2001.
Oriented towards elementary school children, this book provides lessons for incorporating the Internet into the classroom.

Williams, Bard , Brad Williams. The Internet For Teachers. 1999.
A basic reference for understanding the using the Internet in education.

Leu, Donald J. , Deborah Diadiun Leu. Teaching With the Internet : Lessons from the Classroom. 2000.
This book contains many lessons that incorporate the Internet into the classroom.

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This pathfinder created by Kristen Nimelli Truong