Message Board Forums for Teachers

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Want a lesson idea fast or have a fabulous idea you can’t wait to share? Reached the end of your rope with a problematic student? Need to discuss something you can’t talk about with anyone at your school?  An easy solution is to visit an online message board for teachers. You can post a question and get an endless supply of answers. They’re all free and none require any obligation of time beyond that which you want to personally invest. Most are archived and searchable, making it easy for you to read discussions. This page shares my top four recommendations.

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The BEST Teacher Message Boards and Chat Forums on the Web

Teachers.Net: This might be the largest message forum for educators, with 150 niche boards on every educational topic imaginable (including one for each state, which is useful when you’re looking for local advice or need opinions about teaching somewhere else). If you need a quick answer on anything, your best bet is T-Net (try the main board, which gets dozens of posts every hour). The downside? T-Net’s large size means that posts are only archived for a short time. Also, there can be a negative and critical vibe since many posts are anonymous: this is especially true on the state boards on which people endlessly complain about their school districts. However, I still like T-Net because of the vast number of specialized boards and the enormous amount of teachers you can connect with quickly.

Pro Teacher: Here you’ll find a streamlined system of boards with numerous active members. I discovered the site through a few of my loyal followers who frequently post on ProTeacher: I started reading their messages, and became a long-time lurker. I find the site slightly less user-friendly then some of the other boards, but the quality of posts more than compensates, and all threads are permanently archived. The educators who use Pro Teacher are extremely creative and have amazing ideas for teaching nearly any concept or skill.

AtoZTeacherStuff was the first set of message boards I used back in 2001, and I have several longtime internet buddies on AtoZ who helped me through many rough times and transitions. The site’s creator, Amanda, is an amazing and resourceful woman who carefully moderates the forums and makes sure the entire website is full of useful and relevant resources for teachers. The message board archives are fully searchable, so you can find ideas on nearly any topic. Because members post personal profiles and interact regularly, there is a great sense of community at AtoZ and a positive, encouraging tone to the discussions.

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Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher with 11 years of classroom experience and 7 years experience as an instructional coach. As founder of Due Season Press and Educational Services, she has created printable curriculum resources, 4 books, 3 online courses, the Truth for Teachers podcast, and The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club. Subscribe via email to get her best content sent to your inbox!

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1 Laura August 8, 2010 at 10:56 am

If I purchase the e-book will I have the same privelages to download and copy your resources?
Thanks! You have a wonderful site with great information.
Laura

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2 Angela Watson August 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Yes, you will! :-)

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3 Christina Holt January 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I am trying to locate information on “learning sequence” for my NBPTS. My search lead me to this website but I have not been able to find anything on the topic.
Thanks,
Christina

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4 Angela Watson January 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Hi, Christina! My NBPTS resources are here:

http://thecornerstoneforteachers.com/free-resources/nbpts

Hope that helps!

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5 Kim Corbidge February 24, 2015 at 6:31 pm

Hi Angela,
I am wondering if there is any benefit from being certified as a generalist or in a specific area. I could go either way so I am not sure what to do. I am finding it hard to get any feedback about this.

Thanks!
Kim

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6 Angela Watson February 27, 2015 at 4:23 pm

I haven’t heard of any benefits either way. I’d advise you to pick the course you’re most passionate about, or that best aligns with your longterm career goals. All the best to you!

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7 Britney April 6, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Angela,

I’m working on Component 2 for Middle Childhood Generalist. On the prompt/assignment page what do I include other than the writing prompt? It seems like the Written Commentary section is where you add details.

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8 Angela Watson April 7, 2016 at 7:30 am

I’m sorry, Britney, I have no idea! I was an Early Childhood Generalist, and haven’t looked at the entries in many years. You may want to check out one of the candidate support resources in the NBCT section and see if mentors there can help. :) All the best to you!

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