Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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3 Read Strategy

This activity shows how reading a mathematics problem three times, with a different focus question each time, can help students make sense of a problem.

3D Figures/Isometric Dot Paper

Draw three-dimensional figures on two-dimensional isometric dot paper. Try holding the cubes in different orientations so you can see the possibilities in both the three-dimensional "real world" and the two-dimensional representations on paper.

Adapting and Modifying Sources

This activity demonstrates the range of ways that a primary source can be adapted and modified for students at different grade levels and reading levels.

American Passages Archive

Access more than 3000 items including visual art, audio files, primary source materials and additional texts supporting and enriching the understanding of American Literature.

Analyzing a Lesson

Examine how elements of teaching for understanding are incorporated in a lesson. Enter your examples of how the element is used in the lesson, and then compare your answers to other teachers’ answers.

Analyzing a Project Description

Read the project description for students creating a children’s storybook. Analyze the text based on five elements (describe task, achieve authenticity, establish criteria, clarify strategies, communicate rubric).

Analyzing a Writing Mini-Lesson

Observe a veteran teacher and her fourth-graders in a mini-lesson on adding detail to narrative writing. Consider the purpose and effectiveness of each part of the lesson and compare your observations with those of another teacher.

Analyzing Artifacts

Analyze historical artifacts by applying the same methods historians use to evaluate everyday items - from dishes, to clothing, to weapons - and consider what that data can tell you about the past.

Annotating Text

n this activity, annotate an excerpt from Solomon Northup's Twelve Years a Slave and then provide a written response about the passage.

Apply Guidelines to Classrooms

Read descriptions of two different classrooms. Identify which of the guidelines for creating a positive writing environment are best represented in each example and compare your answers to samples answers provided.

Approaches in Practice: Treating Psychological Disorders

Explore the contemporary approaches used to understand, treat and prevent psychological disorders. Learn about these approaches and then put each into practice with a patient.


Determine your standards (logic, creativity, structure, etc.) when assessing student writing. Evaluate three essays using an analytic or holistic rubric and see how your standards compare with your peers.

Arrays and Fractions

What opportunities for learning are offered by having students work on a problem using both arrays and fractions? Decide whether or not using an array is the best way to solve a problem.

Artifacts & Fiction Pair Finder

Pair artifacts with appropriate literary texts, and find tips for using them together in the classroom by selecting movements and disciplines with this handy tool.

Assess a Peer Conference

Watch a video of two student peer conferences and compare your evaluation of those conferences to another teacher's.

Assessing Comprehension

Read a fable and listen as two students retell the story in their own words. Assess their comprehension using the Retelling Guide provided.

Assessing Student Letters

Assess two drafts of students’ letters using criteria presented as a four-point-scale rubric.

Balancing Sources

Review primary sources that examine historical events. Choose several sources that represent different perspectives of the era and create a narrative that represents a balanced view.

Bridging World History Archive

View more than 1500 items, including photos, documents, maps, and other items, ready for your research and classroom use. Browse by unit title, region, and/or time period.

Build a Bridge Between Disciplines

Build a bridge between two disciplines by identifying a connecting concept, or idea that has value in both disciplines. Complete the structure by adding instructional activities that build students' understanding of the concept, within and across disciplines.

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