In the Classroom: Teachers Sharing Our Work

I tweeted a few weeks ago, mentioning my frustration that a well known site on which you can save your favorite images had become nothing more than a re-direct to a site on which teachers sell their work. A number of other teachers jumped into the conversation, offering up the websites on which their own work could be downloaded for free. Many items are editable. All that is asked is that you follow their Creative Commons or other copyright requests.

On the sites below, you won’t find un-editable but cute worksheets that can be easily used as filler. You won’t find un-editable cut-and-paste scrapbooking-type activities that usually generate an attractive product with little likelihood of students engaging in any depth. You WILL find the best work of accomplished, practicing classroom teachers who continually update their lessons.

ON SHARING YOUR OWN WORK:

If you’d like your blog or website to be added to this list, leave a comment or find me on Twitter  (@Stardiverr)

To protect your own intellectual property (as much as is reasonable possible – there are always jerks who will plagiarize) check out Creative Commons licensing and select the type of licensing that works best for you. You’ll get a line of text that you can paste onto your materials explaining your intent.

The sites listed below are a very, very small sample of what’s available. All links below are done with the author’s permission. I will update this list until I get around to dedicating part of my website to sharing the work of others.

ALL SUBJECTS AND LEVELS

Teachers Give Teachers – a hyperdoc site by the authors of The Hyperdoc Handbook. You can sign up to “give one, get one” of the hyperdocs deposited there. Follow them at @TsGiveTs  @SARAHLANDIS   @kellyihilton    @lhighfill

Share my Lesson is a site started (I believe) by The American Federation of Teachers. All lessons are, (I believe) vetted by teachers, and are free for a sign-up.

Amazon Inspire has resources for all grade levels and most subjects. They apparently had a bit of a rocky start, but as of this writing the resources seem to be stable.  Sign in with your Amazon account.

Classroom Collective is a reflective blog detailing the rationale behind activities and the results of those activities.

Thoughtco.com – Science, tech, math, humanities, arts. Love the science labs and demos.

Hack Learning – Founded by Mark Barnes (@markBarnes19) offers many free resources on doing great things differently – a blog, podcasts, ; they publish and sell their own books.

SCIENCE:

Concord Consortium is a free, easily searchable source of STEM activities for all levels.

The Burlington Center K-5 science curriculum, by Sean Musselman (@MrMusselman) and Wendy Pavlicek (@PavlicekWendy)

Pretty Good Physics is a wiki for AP physics and physics lessons as well as other great resources. All those members know a great thing when they see it.

A Different Way to TpT – David Knuffke describes how you can get his resources, for free.  Follow him at @DavidKnuffke

A Lever and a Place to Stand holds Amy Roediger’s classic science labs, made-over with an inquiry focus.  (@AmyRoediger)

Oh Hey Brian – Physical science, and soon some biology, can be found on Brian Bennet’s site. (@bennettscience)

Open Physics provides resources and welcomes the addition of your own. I love the collaborative spirit of this site.  BenyohaiPhysics is  loaded with free Physics resources.  Both sites are the work of Matthew Benyohai (@BenyohaiPhysics)

Chemistry, Education, and Philosophy by Emily Seeber @emily_seeber

Virtual Gardner II houses the material for Ann Gardner’s Chemistry, Astronomy, and Integrated Science courses. Ann has shared openly for many years, and her work is excellent. Follow Ann. 

marshscience180 is a blog that chronicles the daily activities in Stephanie Marsh’s (@marshwoman)  classroom.

Serving Up Some Science is a new-ish blog that appears to be still in progress but already has some killer labs and investigations.

Chemistar – My own site is always a work in progress. Take whatever is helpful, and if you make it better, please share it back 🙂

LANGUAGE ARTS

AP Lit Help – pedagogy and strategies for AP Lit, but would likely be useful to anyone teaching writing.

MATH:

MTBoS – is the acronym for Math Twitter Blog-o-Sphere. You’ll find many teachers willing to share at the Twitter hashtag #MTBOS. A few of those using the hashtag are sellers rather than sharers, so use your discretion.

MTBoS – Set the Hook  has a list of many, many #MTBoS bloggers with links to their sites and their Twitter handles.

ispeakmath.org is the brainchild of Julie Reulbach @jreulbach, a fabulous math teacher who openly shares her work under a Creative Commons license.

Math Equals Love – Sarah Carter’s blog with links to many printables. The blog contains some ads (Amazon, Google, and such) but Sarah’s work and the work she promotes are free to download. Her posts give great background and context for using the activities. (@MathEqualsLove)

SOCIAL STUDIES

@gilbertlisak tweets her lessons. Follow her.

TECHNOLOGY

Education and Technology – great reads on design, virtual reality, and other tech topics. Follow Craig Frehlich @cfrehlichteach

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