Sites for the Classroom
Texas Performance Standards Project
Great ideas for tasks that are interdisciplinary, authentic, and that encourage student choice and community engagement.
You can work on this free online guided class at your own pace to learn more about what performance tasks are and how to design them
Explore.org is a great site to incorporate a virtual field trip in class! There are live cameras to help students see nature and animals from around the world!
This aquarium’s site has live cams and related step-by-step inquiry projects that incorporate NGSS.
Primary Source Sets
This site has incredible resources with step-by-step directions for student centered inquiry learning units for PreK, K, and 1st grade
Educational videos, lessons, and games for K-12 School Kids
21st Century Skills Map
Challenging Math Problems Worth Solving
Visualizing student understanding – interactive game site for students
Gamify homework and other formative assessments – students can work at own pace and compete against classmates or teams
Create/Choose fun learning games to play in class
This collection of video clips that John created is fabulous. I’ve personally used the Genius Hour intro video and some of the design challenges – and highly recommend his work!
Mark Wise created a website for the Global Challenge Project (an interdisciplinary project where students tackle big world challenges in ways that develop skills and interests). This has incredible resources, information, task sheets, rubrics, and research to help you guide students through this project OR to help you create a similar smaller scale for your own class or school.
Thinking about Education
Grant Wiggins is the co-author of Understanding by Design and the author of Educative Assessmentand numerous articles on education.
Steven Weber is administrator and blogger.
Rick Wormeli’s Resources for Practical and Compelling Educational Change
Julia Thompson’s blog – (author of the “First Year Teacher’s Survival Guide”)
Jennifer Gonzalez has an amazing collection of resources to crush it in the classroom!