New free teacher resource pages

September 7, 2012

in fabulous resources

If you’re new here, you might not realize that The Cornerstone site is combination of blog posts and static web pages. The blog posts are part of a feed which you can subscribe to by email or RSS so that when I write anything new on the blog, you’ll get notified. Blog posts are usually my reflections on current topics. I also use the blog to share give-aways and book reviews, classroom management tips from teachers, freebie collections, and my Ask Angela Anything post series.

The web pages aren’t part of that: those are timeless resources that I can add new stuff to whenever I want, as there are no dates on pages. The pages are usually longer than blog posts and have more resources, and they’re categorized in the drop down menu bar at the top of the page (under Free Resources): Behavior Management, Centers, Routines and Procedures, Organization and Decoration, and so on. There are 20 categories and each one has multiple sub-pages within it.

So, yeah, that’s a lot of stuff. If you want to find out when new blog posts AND new pages are added to the site, choose one of these three options:

1) Check the Free Resources page. I list all of the new blog posts, devotional posts, and web pages added to my website in chronological order.

2) Follow on Facebook. I don’t always share links to the new posts and pages right away, but they do get shared there within a few days, so it’s a decent option for staying informed. Typically I post to Facebook once per day, so you won’t get swamped with my updates. Keep in mind that Facebook rarely shows you every single thing a person or page has posted, so it’s smart to use Facebook lists to ensure you receive all updates.

3) Get a newsletter update via email twice a month. On the 1st and 15th of every month, I post a message on The Cornerstone yGroup message forums to let members know what I’ve added to the site. It’s not a fancy-looking newsletter, but it will give you links to all the new stuff I’ve written and is the surest way to make sure you’re not missing anything.

In case you haven’t done any of those things yet, here are a few of the new free teacher resource pages I’ve added to the site recently:

Classroom Seating Arrangement Ideas

The four student desk set ups that I love the most, with photos.

 

Parent-Teacher Communication

Resources for creating a class newsletter or blog, sending home daily or weekly reports, holding effective parent conferences, and more.

Utilizing Parent Volunteers

Ideas for meaningful contributions parent volunteers can make in the classroom, plus management tips for teachers to streamline the process.

Publishing a Teaching Book

By popular demand–info about how I published my books and how you can publish yours, as well.

 Miss Nelson’s 2nd grade classroom photos

Check out this beautiful, spacious second grade room. Hey, a teacher can dream, right?

Are there any new resources you’d like to see added to the site? Anything you’d like me to write a blog post about? Please share your feedback in the comments below!

 

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Angela Watson was a classroom teacher for 11 years and has turned her passion for helping other teachers into a career as an educational consultant based in Brooklyn, NY. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has published 3 books, launched a blog and webinar series, designs curriculum resources, and conducts seminars in schools around the world. Subscribe via email for blog updates, exclusive tips & tricks, activities, printables, and more.

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1 Loralee September 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm

You have a wonderful to-do list resource (two pages) that I have misplaced…I have been trying to find it on your website again. Is it still available? If so, would you be able to direct me to it?

Thank you.

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2 ALBA September 18, 2012 at 1:33 am

Hi Angela!
I would love to see something on using 1 (yes, one) iPad in the classroom. We were given an iPad and I still prefer my laptop as I am still trying to figure out what to use my iPad for. I use it for e-mail right now, but that’s about it! Help!

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3 Angela Watson September 19, 2012 at 10:53 am

Sure, I’ll write about that! You are certainly not the only person in a one iPad classroom–it sounds ridiculous, but trust me, there are many schools in your position and there is a LOT of cool stuff you can do! These two articles should get you thinking: http://syded.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/one-ipad-in-the-classroom-top-10-apps/ and http://www.bradandlucygreen.com/uploads/6/8/3/3/6833178/one_ipad_classroom.pdf.

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