Contributing to the Profession

 

Giving Back! Here are some of the best resources I have found and used so far. 

 

 

  • CommonLit
    • Commonlit ( www.commonlit.org ) is a web-based ELA teacher resource. It has an ever-increasing library of articles, stories, non-fiction pieces,  and poetry along with many different resources and related materials for each of these listings. With the works students and teachers are also provided with guided reading options, accessibility options including font, font size, and audio versions of the text, and also with annotation tools built directly into the site. Included with each work are low and high-level DOK questions that range from multiple-choice information recall to long response higher order thinking questions. These works are sorted by grade level, interest, subject matter, standards used, and lexile level. Assignments can be given to entire classes, or to individuals in order to address scaffolding needs. This program directly integrates with Google Classroom making grading, and note inputting a breeze. 
      • I have used this resource heavily in my ELA and ELA support classes throughout the year to practice and hone skills already taught. Students seem to enjoy the high-interest works and this makes great test prep as the language used within the questions is very similar to that of standardized tests. It is also possible for most, but not all, works and questions to be printed for when access to technology is limited. This program also makes quick work of last-minute sub plans if needed. 

 

 

  • NoRedInk
    • NoRedInk ( www.noredink.com ) is an online ELA platform that supports students heavily in grammar-related activities but also has lately branched out into covering essay organization and scaffolded writing activities. What makes Noredink stand out above other programs such as IXL or Lexia is that it has students create a profile where they choose and continually update their interest including topics such as video games, movies, books, and television shows. The program then takes these interests and formulates questions, prompts, and examples that include the names and events from the students' chosen interests. Lessons can be assigned to the whole class through Google Classroom integration or to individual students for scaffolded work. 
      • I have used this program quite a bit within my Support classes as an alternative to the school paid for IXL platform. Students are more willing to complete and engage in the work as they enjoy the integration of their different interests within the questions. This can also result in hilarious mash-ups of different topics and I often hold a competition to see who gets the silliest or most outrageous sample sentence within the class. While this program is limited in use without a subscription (which requires more than one teacher to get) the free utilities and lessons available are still extensive. When judging a student's ability level, the system will score them based on master. There are four different levels of mastery students need can achieve. The program will also notify the teacher if a student is stuck or struggling.

 

 

  • Blooket
    • Blooket ( www.blooket.com )is a new addition to my teaching toolbag. I only learned of it a few months ago, but it has already become a class favorite and something that the students beg to use/play. Blooket is much like Kahoot in the way that it asks students multiple-choice questions and that it is gamified. The resemblance to Kahoot ends at that point as Blooket takes gamification ten steps forward. You can choose to host one of 9 different styles of games. Each of these games has a completely different look and style of play. Students absolutely love to review material on this platform and see it as a reward rather than as an assignment or educational tool. This is the way that educational software should model their programs after.

 

 

 

 

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