The Final Grade — A+
The last group of teachers I want to thank didn’t have a teaching degree, they weren’t educated in colleges or universities and they didn’t teach at any of the schools I attended; but, the lessons they shared with me are some of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned.
My mom, Peggy Wolfe, has been my life teacher. She has guided me throughout my life with advice I took and advice I wish I’d taken. She has always been there for me, even when I couldn’t see her there. We certainly have had our difficult times, but I couldn’t have been given a better mother to prepare me for who I have become. I love you, Mom.
My grandmother, Lucille Hoover, was the greatest family historian. She taught me about my family and the stories she told me as a child are still held dear in my heart.
My stepmom, Janice Berry, was a wonderful “other” mother. She helped me blossom into a more worldly person by sharing with me experiences only she could share.
I have had a wonderful week remembering the Super Teachers in my life. They visit my memories often and the lessons they bestowed on me have lasted me all my life, so far. I hope your memories are filled with Super Teacher, too. I can’t imagine a world without them.
Thank you, again, to all the teachers in my life. I appreciate you and the hard work you put in for me and all the countless other students that came through your open doors.
An A to (almost) Z list of websites that offer resources, ideas, help and blogs for Teachers and/or Students:
ABCya! –– Education games and apps for kids.
American Library Association — A super source for tools, publications and resources. Check out the American Association of School Librarians recommendations for the best websites for teaching & learning.
Brain POP — Animated educational site for kids.
Brain POP, Jr. — Animated educational site for little brains.
Christian Educators Association International — resources for teachers.
CNN Student News — Explaining global news in 10 minutes.
Common Core Sheets — Math worksheets.
The Cornerstone for Teachers — Blog by Angela Watson with practical ideas that make teaching more effective, efficient, and enjoyable.
Cult of Pedagogy — A vibrant, encouraging, stimulating community of teachers, supporting each other toward excellence.
Cybrary Man’s Educational Websites — The internet catalogue for students, teachers administrators and parents.
Dear Teacher/Love Teacher — A source and conduit of encouragement and inspiration for teachers.
Discovery Education — Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.
edHelper — Worksheet and no-prep teacher resources.
Education.com — Games, activities, worksheets and articles.
Edutopia — The George Lucas Education Foundation is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Check out their list of summer sites for kids and teachers.
Enchanted Learning — curriculum materials.
Florida Center for Reading Research — The Florida Center for Reading Research is a multidisciplinary research center at Florida State University that was established in 2002 by the Governor’s office and Legislature. Currently, FCRR is home to nine tenured and tenure-track faculty members holding joint appointments with the College of Arts & Sciences or College of Education.
Flowcablary — Helps students master academic content while building core literacy skills through engagement, mastery and student creativity.
Forkin 4th — Classroom activities, tips and tricks.
Free Rice — Free Rice is a 100% non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme. Their goals are to provide free education to everyone and help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
Fun Brain — A playground of games, videos, reading and math.
Go Noodle — Hundreds of videos that activate kid’s bodies and brains.
Grammar Bytes — Grammar quizzes, videos, exercises and presentations.
Grok Nation — An online community for people of all ages and backgrounds to dive deep into conversations on contemporary issues. Founded by actress-neuroscientist-mom Mayim Bialik, Grok Nation presents issues in an accessible, relatable and unapologetically nerdy way.
Have Fun Teaching — Worksheets, activities, songs and videos.
Highlights Kids — Games, jokes, activities and articles for kids.
Illuminatioins — Illuminations is a project designed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) that works to serve you by increasing access to quality standards-based resources for teaching and learning mathematics, including interactive tools for students and instructional support for teachers.
Inside Mathematics — Common Core resources and performance assessment.
The Inspired Apple — Blogger Abby shares her experiences.
K-5 Math — Math resources for elementary school teachers.
The Kennedy Center Arts Edge — Lessons, activities and projects.
Kindergarten, Kindergarten — Blogger Kathryn shares her experiences as a teacher.
Kuta Software — Free math worksheets (pre-algebra through calculus).
Little Minds at Work — Blogger Tara West shares curriculum ideas and freebies for teachers.
The Mailbox — Free printables and downloads for K-4th.
Math Coach’s Corner — Math tools, apps, and knowledge.
The Measured Mom — Free printables and resources.
Minds in Bloom — Blogger Rachel Lynette and guest bloggers share strategies and ideas for teaching creative and critical thinking skills.
MobyMax — Moby Learning includes 27 complete subjects covering all grades between kindergarten and eighth grade.
Mr. Donn’s Site For Kids & Teachers — Great site for Powerpoint, quizzes & games centered around history, geography and government.
National Geographic Kids — Videos, games & more.
Newsela — Fresh, adaptive reads for every subject.
PBS Learing Media — Multitude of resources to help teachers.
Pete’s Powerpoint Station — Free presentations in Powerpoint.
Planbook — Online lesson planning and grading.
Player.One — 30 Awesome interactive sites for elementary to middle school classrooms.
The Positive Engagement Project — Free downloads and resources.
Pro Teacher Community — Teaching resources.
Random House — Books for every age of reader.
Read, Write, Think — Resources, lesson plans and articles.
Reading A-Z — Thousands of downloadables, projects and printable teacher materials, covering all the skills necessary for effective reading instruction.
Reading Rockets — Reading Rockets is a national multimedia literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help.
Read Theory — The ReadTheory team consists of a handful of professional writers and educators, many of whom have received advanced degrees, are published authors and award winning teachers. Each of (their) writers have unique abilities and interests and, perhaps most importantly, a genuine belief in the ability to improve lives through education.
Reading Works — ReadWorks is committed to solving America’s reading comprehension crisis and student achievement gap. Driven by cognitive science research, ReadWorks creates world-class content, teacher guidance, and integrated tools that improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.
Renaissance AR Bookfinder — Search relevent books for lesson plans and more.
Scholastic Publications — Scholastic started as a single classroom magazine in 1920, but today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe. Check out their list of 25 best websites for teachers.
School Library Journal — Super resource for teachers.
Smart Exchange — Training, content and community.
Smithsonian Education — Lesson plans to help educators prepare, plan and teach.
Smithsonian Learning Lab — Discovery, creation and sharing.
Softschools.com — Free math worksheets and games, grammar quizzes, free phonics worksheets and games, all organized by grades and topics.
Starfall — Learning fun for kids.
Teach 4 the Heart — Practical advice and Biblical encouragement to help you excel and thrive in this wonderful adventure of teaching.
Teacher Hub — K-12 News, lessons & shared resources by Teachers, for Teachers.
Teachers Pay Teachers — Free and for-purchase classroom resources created by Teachers, for Teachers
Teacher’s Notebook — Freebies, giveaways, articles and products for teachers.
Teaching Channel — video resources to help teachers.
Teaching Sam & Scout — Blogger Elizabeth (E) shares her life as a mom and high school English teacher and everything in-between.
Teachnology — Lesson plans and worksheets covering subjects like music, physical education, art, and drama.
Utah Education Network — UETN connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to a robust network and quality educational resources. UETN is one of the nation’s premier education networks.
We are Teachers — A teacher blog to inspire teachers and help them succeed by sharing practical classroom ideas, freebies and giveaways, and teacher-to-teacher advice and humor. Check out their 12 best websites for English teachers.
Wonderopolis — Fun facts about our world.