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March 14, 2016

Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®


Happy Pi Day! March is here and so is warmer weather. Aside from preparing for the yearly testing, March is also the time for The Ides of March and St. Patrick's Day. Before you know it Spring Break and Easter will be here. Prepare now using the TeachersFirst Classroom Planning Calendar.


Garden—Spring is in the Air
Gardens, gardening, and farm-based education provide a myriad of opportunities to integrate curriculum and solve real-world problems! After a long winter, any student would be happy to put hands in dirt and see plants, soil, and other organisms up close and personal. If your elementary school is considering a school garden this spring—or you simply fantasize about getting outdoors—we have just the article for you. Inch by Inch, Row by Row: Read-Alouds for Gardens connects Common Core, literacy, and science to GROW learning. Plan now with this read-aloud and the many activity ideas and resources it includes at the intersection of dirt and plants.


Don’t Forget—Vocabulary Development
Vocabulary Development is a building block to reading at both the primary and secondary level. Peruse this collection of reviewed tools to find resources to master (or improve) speech/language vocabulary, subject matter terms, and daily vocabulary.


OK2Ask—Spring Schedule is Here
Click here to view our recently published SPRING SCHEDULE! These FREE online workshops are offered on Tuesdays at 7pm Eastern. Read our FAQ for general information about certificates, etc. Please be sure to read the detailed descriptions and suggested technology comfort levels BEFORE you register for the best match for your learning needs. Registration remains open for our March sessions.

Getting Started with Twitter; March 15

Mapping Across Content Areas Using Google Maps; March 22


Multiple Intelligences
Are you looking for resources to meet the needs of multiple intelligences in your classroom? Be sure to checkout TeachersFirst's Multiple Intelligences tagged resources.


Feature TeachersFirst at a PD Workshop
Are you a professional development trainer, ed tech coach, or graduate professor? If you plan to feature TeachersFirst at a workshop, conference, or PD session, you can request materials to share by filling out this online form. As a free service from a non-profit, TeachersFirst relies on word of mouth from our connectors like you!


Tool of the Trade
This week’s Teacher Poll asks: What social media tool do you use the most professional and/or personally? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


Featured Sites
This week in our Featured Sites you will find:

  • Election Central
  • eLearning Infographics
  • Fun Science Demos
  • Heroes!
  • The Vocabulary Trainer
  • Spiral
  • Plants Map
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this March 20, or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived March 13th Features here, and don’t miss our many other recent additions from the link at the bottom of the Featured Sites page.


The TeachersFirst Team