10 Education Resources for Teachers and Student Teachers
An occupation in education can be a gratifying experience. Shaping the minds of the future requires skill, expertise, and quality teaching materials to keep yourself and your students motivated all year long. Ensure you keep the energy high by introducing new worksheets and other great materials into the classroom from this list of 10 education resources. On this list, you’ll also find inspiration to keep yourself happy and inspired in the education field, including motivational books and helpful podcasts. Check out this list today to find plenty of resources that can help your classes and students flourish.
1. Scholastic’s Top Websites for Teachers
Scholastic has always been a great asset for teachers. Aside from providing books for children of all ages to learn from, they've also included a list of 25 of the best websites for teachers. Daily starters, virtual field trips, interactive whiteboard help, and other useful sites are included among this list. Find your favorites to help you shape the minds of the future!
2. What the Teacher Wants Blog
On What the Teacher Wants, whether its math or language arts, you will find several advice pieces and worksheets to help you teach elementary education. Learning packets and other resources can help you improve your lesson plans in the classroom, especially in an era that requires technology to help you inspire students of all ages.
3. Free Technology for Teachers
This website offers several types of technology you can incorporate into your classroom. Everything from iPad apps, creating videos, making interactive quizzes, and designing online quizzes can be found on Free Technology for Teachers. Take a moment to browse this site and find things you can add to your own learning environment.
4. The US Department of Education
This source may be a no-brainer, but it's often forgotten about. The US Department of Education provides data, press releases, and the latest information about the educational field nationwide. Check this source frequently to find out everything you need to know about current issues or changes in education, and update your current lesson plans to new requirements.
5. Books for Teachers
7 Books Every Education Major Should Read by Teaching Degree inspires teachers all over the world. This list includes funny and relatable stories from real teacher experiences, practical education advice, creative strategies you can use in your classroom, and much more. Check out this list to hear support from fellow educators and stay motivated in your dream career.
6. Best-Selling Education Books in 2016 from The New York Times
The New York Times provides a list of the best-selling education books in 2016. Famous titles include I Am Malala and The Opposite of Loneliness on the list of the top 10 books, along with other books that can help you see things from a different perspective and learn how to fully engage students of all types, helping you reach every student in a diverse classroom.
7. NPR's Education Section
Stay up-to-date and understand recent changes in the education field by reading articles and listening to interviews on NPR's Education section. Here, you'll find incredible resources and information about education across the nation to keep you well aware of any updates or policy changes.
8. Podcasts for Teachers
The Cornerstone for Teachers offers a list of 12 podcasts for teachers to listen to. You're sure to find a podcast you love from this list of highly informative talks with educators who are leading innovations in the field.
9. Education Documentaries
This list of education documentaries includes various topics to both challenge and inspire your existing teaching methods. This extensive list includes several recent documentaries to teach you about the challenges students might be facing, how the latest technologies are changing education, and comparisons between education styles in different parts of the world.
10. Exploring and Choosing an Education Career
Teach.org offers several different resources to help you begin or continue your career in the field of education. Here, you can find connections to real teachers, experiences that others have overcome, and even an interactive tool to help you decide what you want to teach and how you can get started.
Whether you’re still earning your degree in education or well into your career, these sources are sure to motivate and inspire you. Everything from relatable teaching materials to inspirational podcasts can change the way you approach students, giving them the wide scope of knowledge they deserve. Use these sources to stay on top of the current trends in teaching to ensure students of all ages can relate and be inspired.
Written by Ashford University staff
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