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September 21, 2015

Thinking Teachers Teaching Thinkers®

This week kicks off TeachersFirst's FREE OK2Ask webinars. Now that you have settled in (a bit) to the new school year, take a quick virtual snack for yourself! We offer free professional development certificates. Our fall schedule is posted and includes many new topics. We hope you can join us for one of our fabulous fall sessions!


This week’s Teacher Poll asks: Which season is your teaching (classroom) most productive? Place your vote on the teacher poll on the TeachersFirst home page.


Keep the lines of communication open with your parents and families. TeachersFirst offers a set of “ready to go” email messages to encourage and help parents help their students. This fabulous feature is available to MEMBERS ONLY. You can personalize each message with your name and your students’ names. A preview window is available to view before you send the emails. When you log in to your TeachersFirst account, the link to this feature is on the Start Page.


How Do I Become a Member?
Did you know that TeachersFirst offers FREE membership to save you TIME? If you are not already a member, check out reasons for joining, such as our new email messages (mentioned above), a handy list of the latest new offerings in YOUR subject area(s), and a handy tool to mark and tag favorite resources. Sign up now. Tell your teacher friends. They will thank you!


New Contributors
Do you enjoy helping colleagues learn about technology? Would you like to use that passion to contribute to TeachersFirst? The Source For Learning (SFL) is currently looking for new contributors for our TeachersFirst community. If you are interested in joining our team, please fill out this Google form.


Coming Up... On the Calendar
The TeachersFirst Classroom Planning Calendar offers resources related to events and observations on the calendar all throughout the year.


Are You Ready For an Adventure?
Globetraker’s Mission: Locating Louie returns this year for social studies classes in grades 2-6. Preview Globetracker’s Mission on October 4, 2015. Follow the travels of teens Geo and Meri as they traverse across North America and blog about it along the way. Readers get to vote on their next steps! Set aside time in your plans. You don’t want to miss this Mission!


Featured Sites
This week in our Featured Sites find:

  • Flat Music Fun
  • Five Major Religions
  • Magnificent Mathematicians
  • Compass Challenge for the Young
  • Langscape World Languages
  • Current Events with a Twist
  • Fabulous Foos
  • STEM
  • Beautiful Chemistry
  • And more

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are reading this September 27 or later, the link above will take you to the Featured Sites for the current week. Find the archived September 20th 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