Today, we're talking about our favorite places to look when we need inspiration, ideas, or PD, especially when we're short on time.
Teachers rarely have time to do a leisurely browse through search results, so where are the best websites, blogs, and social media accounts when we have nothing more than a planning period or ten minutes of downtime at home?
Check out our list below for some links to bookmark, add to a feed, or set reminders to check.
(If you want to catch up on previous posts from us, make sure to click on the Secondary Speaks tag at the bottom of this post.)
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Q: "What's a great source that teachers can check for ideas when in a hurry?"
- The Language Arts Classroom hosts a linky every Sunday. It has lots of great ideas for secondary teachers! Edutopia has a well-organized site with lots of great ideas, and Pinterest of course! Room 213
- I believe that teachers should visit Lauralee's Secondary link-up on Sundays! There are always some great resources there! The Daring English Teacher
- Once a month a group of teacher bloggers get together to take part in the Bright Ideas Blog Hop. These are quick ideas for teachers to use in their classroom. Here is a link to several posts on my blog. Kristy from 2 Peas and a Dog
- How to deal with cell phones in the classroom. The following is a blog post entitled "Sock It Away". Scipi
- Larry Ferlazzo's "Best Websites of 2014" is great. He writes a blog about teaching English Language Learners; each post has many links to other sites about teaching a specific topic or using technology in a particular way. The ESL Nexus
- Page Turners link up hosted weekly on my blog during the school year each blog post features themed great blog posts (i.e. classroom mangement, end of the year activities, literature activities). Brynn Allison
- I always get good ideas for student motivation from Head Over Heels for Teaching's Sparking Motivation Weekly Linky on Saturdays (during the school year). Lisa @ Mrs. Spangler in the Middle
- Teachers can subscribe to our blog and get details of how we use our own products in our classrooms. Creative Couple
- This is a wealth of information: http://usgovteducatorsblog.blogspot.com/. Lauralee
- Please check out my blog, Lit with Lyns, for great teaching activities and ideas. I explain how the product works, the teaching process I used, and often how my students felt about it, as well. Lit with Lyns
- My educational website: 123read&write. Brian Dalton
- On my Classroom in the Middle Pinterest page, I've been collecting ideas and links for all kinds of things English teachers might be interested in - activities for reading, writing, vocabulary,etc, but also interesting articles, quotes, crafts, and holiday ideas. Classroom in the Middle
- Pinterest is a pretty good place to find ideas, especially if you have something specific in mind. Many of the pins link back to TpT products. David Rickert
- Pinterest -- just type the specific topic you're researching (a novel, activity, season, etc.) and dozens (or even hundreds) of ideas will pop up! You're sure to quickly find something you can use or adapt! Literary Sherri
- I love the Literacy Shed - tons of amazing ideas and strategies you can try tomorrow!! Lots of video clips, animations, and more! Addie Williams
- I am always inspired by NPR (www.npr.org). The podcasts can generate great class discussions. They are short and insightful - perfect for journals. Allyson's Creative Corner
- FunMaths.com has worksheets on just about everything, usually free and quick and easy to print! This site has videos, explanations and sometimes practice on a multitude of different topics! SecondaryMathShop
- TED Talks......they are great videos to get students thinking, but they also have lesson plans available,too. This would be primarily for high school teachers, but any subject. I teach math and use them all the time! The Math Factory
Do you know any other good ones, or want to "second" one of these? Tell us in the comments below!