Lesson plan


Discipline: training that perfects the mental faculties

Ten Skills Every Student Needs and You Probably Don’t Have Time to Teach
by National Hall of Fame Teacher Alan Haskvitz

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Haskvitz

After 40 years of teaching there comes a time when you want to just yell at the curriculum designers and textbook publishers that they have the cart before the horse. Teachers need to be allowed to spend more time teaching students how to learn and less on preparing for a test which measures nothing applicable in the real world.

Correct me if I am wrong, but I feel that every teacher would love to really teach students how to get ready for the challenges ahead of them and use the curriculum as a stepping stone to that goal. Over the years my students always were at the top in the State in terms of standardized testing. Indeed, some of them had perfect scores. The problem was I was teaching them how to take the test. Fortunately, I as able to shorten the material required for the course by removing those elements I though were essentially chaff so that I could teach them essential skills. Essentially, I started by teaching them how to discipline themselves. This worked so well that I still get letters from students, some decades after they were in my class, thanking me for teaching them for life. I have never gotten a letter thanking me for teaching them the Monroe Doctrine.

Here is the list and it far from complete, which are skills that need to be taught. Feel free to comment and add your own.

Learning how to Learn

Developing a love for learning is essential for any educator. It is the most important lesson a teacher can impart to a student and it is also the most difficult. A teacher may have to face a variety of hindrances from lack of parental care, nutritional and emotional problems, and even severe mental concerns. Regardless, there needs to be an effort and the best way is to become a facilitator by prodding, motivating, and providing a diverse array of learning materials to challenge the student to learn for themselves. Most often the textbook, frequently filled with data with little relevance to the student, is the main focus of instruction. And, perhaps, that is the way it must be if the goal is a test that measures improvement in the acquisition of this data. The teacher can feel confident as he or she has covered the material by sticking to the textbook. Motivational, hardly, but that is how teachers are frequently judged. There is another way to do this, but it is time consuming and requires a multitude of rubrics. Providing a variety of materials and having the students learn from them is an arduous task. However, once it is done a teacher can spend the rest of years modifying, adding, and individualizing lessons to meet the needs of the students. ReachEveryChild (cited below) provides a variety of sources for this free material and is an excellent place to start individualization.

The second part of learning how to learn based on whether the student is an auditory, visual or kinetic learner and how to use these to their advantage. It is impossible for a teacher to use all of these methods when presenting lessons, but a student can create their own lessons to help them acquire the knowledge. In my classes I have students create poems, songs, graphic organizers and the Cornell note taking system. In this way there is a variety of methods for them to learn. I insist they use my linking and three transfer method of learning as well. The linking method makes them link what they are learning to other things they have learned and create a “learning tree” of it that they add to throughout the year. The three transfer method is to have students read the material, take notes on it, and transfer that material to another mode such as notecards. I also recommend presenting the answer to a question and have them supply the question. This is an excellent test of finding out what they know. It can be used in all subjects.

What is Valid

If you have time, giving the student a variety of short articles to read and asking them to figure out what would be the best way to judge this material is very worthwhile. This process should also include a study of the various types of propaganda, how to evaluate a website for bias, and stereotyping. That is a lot to swallow and so it is best as part of a school-year long program. If you are teaching social studies an ideal unit could be the differences of opinion between the South and the North about slavery. Learning how to learn is not just about the acquisition of skills, but for the student to acquire the ability to judge the material. One of the best tools to get students to read is Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four. As the students read the article they keep track of the characters and reach various conclusions as the teacher hands them the next page. The lesson makes them detectives, but more importantly allows them to learn for life. Seldom are we giving all the answers, but we must make decisions by what we know and judge what is valid.

Speed Reading, not just reading.

It isn’t any secret that the first basic skill is reading. But not just reading, but speed reading. Close reading will follow much more quickly if students can learn how to read rapidly. Reading for facts and reading for pleasure can both be more enjoyable if a student acquires the ability to focus on several words at one time. I taught second graders how to read over a 1000 words per minute at their grade level. The usual improvement was always 200 to 400 words per minute more and this was for language arts and social studies materials. Interestingly the comprehension improves as the speed level doubles as the student concentrates on the material. It is a win-win, but it most be reinforced until it becomes a habit and it takes at least 30 days for it to become a habit. Be warned that some students are resistant to it and so online speed reading sites can help them challenge themselves at their own rate.

Write at Grade Level +

The first thing on teaching a student to write is to explain the types of writing based on the purpose. Taking notes while on the phone or writing a compare and contrast essay may be different in length, but the ingredients are the same. However, for longer works you need to teach the student to write at grade level. I have the students write a one page paper on their favorite vacation either real or imagined. Next, I have them underline all the one syllable words. After that they circle any word that they have not known since primary school. The Fry Formula is applied and the students record their writing scores. They is always silence as the students realize that they are writing at several grades below grade level. Now, that isn’t necessarily bad, but it does force them to expand their vocabulary and that is good. I always have a few Thesaurus books on hand and show them how to use them. The results are immediate and the students not only improve their writing, but improve their thinking and organizational skills as well as they strive to improve. My article (citation below) provides an in-depth look at this successful practice that has enabled my students to win numerous writing competitions.

Teach Them to be Journalist

This vital profession is based on training that every student needs. The ability to communicate, to judge facts, and to influence others with their work. There is no other profession that is so vital for students to learn from because it is essentially what they are going to do nearly every day of their life. A good journalist seeks out evidence and judges it. They write using the who, what, when, where, why, and how approach. They use the inverted triangle that helps them organize facts. Finally, it teaches them to be curious and ask questions and, very importantly, take good notes.

Teach Them to be Lawyers

Perhaps, oversimplifying, but lawyers earn them living by researching and providing evidence that their cause is correct. This requires an examination of evidence and organization. This is another valuable trait that can help students of all ages. For example, was George Washington was a good president? Can you prove it? Can you provide evidence that he was not so good? Some may call this critical thinking, but that type of thinking can not really be utilized until a student is able to have a variety of experiences that enable them to make a critical decision. Thus using the basic skills of an attorney in proving a point and providing evidence to that end are skills they are going to need to write essays persuasive and expository essays and in life.

Be Accountable

At the beginning of the school year I ask the students to look around the room and, without naming names, tell me how many other students they would hire to work for them based on the knowledge that they wanted good workers. After that I ask them to write that number down, fold the paper, and place it in a basket. I take out the numbers and place them on the board to come out with an average. In almost every case it is ten percent of the students or less. That means that the others already have a reputation of not being good workers. The reason for this is that many students simply do not hold themselves accountable. Immediate gratification, poor parenting, the need for quick teacher assessment with little assessment of the assessment, all help feed a “who cares” mentality. This results in large scale cheating with little fear of consequence. Research has overwhelming shown that rewards must be intrinsic to be a lasting value. If students are to be held accountable there must be a reward system that works and entices parent buy-in.
People Skills

We aren’t talking about cooperative learning, we are talking about the ability to get along with others regardless of differences. We are talking about good manners, social skills, negotiating skills, and the ability to work together to create a common goal. Skills as basic as how to talk to people on the phone, how to ask permission, or even showing remorse or concern are missing and yet vital for life.

Handling Emergencies
Handling emergencies is also seldom taught at school. Yes, fire drills are held, but what value are they to the student when a fire really occurs elsewhere? My students wrote and had published in the American Fire Journal the problems with school fire drills in the hopes of enlightening others. School administrators essentially ignored it because it wasn’t an area to be tested. Sad, because the issues the students brought up were important. For example, why does the fire extinguisher stay in the room during a fire drill? Why do the students stand up in rows when an explosion could knock them over? Who knows where the dangerous chemicals are? What do the various colored helmets that firemen wear mean? Needless to say, handling emergencies is a vital skill. Why doesn’t every student know CPR? How to stop bleeding? Or to identify a person having a “fit” and knowing how to act? Taking this a step further, how to teach students not to panic and to learn how to identify people should be taught. But, who has the time?

Skills for life

Setting realistic goals, identifying propaganda and bias, budgeting time, operating a computer and touch typing, triage work assignments, handling money and investments, observation skills, where to find information and measure its accuracy, and learning how to listen can all be incorporated in the curriculum. Each of these carry lifelong importance and all can and have been taught within the curriculum if there is time. There are free units of study on almost all of these areas available. The teacher needs to be given the time and flexibility to personalize them for their class.

Before I get off my high horse I must add one more thing and that is for the student to learn how to be happy. My friend Larry Martz, an editor with Newsweek, wrote in his book Making Schools Better, about the small bite principle. This is a simple plan where small strides can result in large gains. An educator who just takes one of these ideas to heart could make a huge difference knowing well that it is at least as significant as anything on a standardized test.

Why Students Cheat
http://www.teachers.net/gazette/NOV08/haskvitz/

Making Schools Better
http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-8129-1939-4

Car Rating Site
http://autos.jdpower.com/

Government fuel economy site
http://fueleconomy.gov/

How to Improve Student Writing
http://reacheverychild.com/blog/2014/not-so-secret-formula-improves-writing

Student speed reading lessons
There are others
http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/stancliffe59.html

Using the Inverted Triangle
http://www.multimedia-journalism.co.uk/node/2097

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Apps that protect students for schools and parents
by Alan Haskvitz
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Haskvitz

The Internet is both a blessing and a curse depending on its usage. The problem is that teachers/parents can’t always be there when the decision between the good and evil sites and messages are being utilized. With that in mind here are a list of some of those sites that provide this service. Some have a charge and others are free. The partial list below provides insights into what is available, but is no means complete. However, these might be a good starting point. Prices range from free to over $12 a month, depending on the type of coverage you want for your family. Always check to see if these sites cover both cell phone, tablet, and home use. Some sites can use GPS tracking and other services such as blocking of callers. Take your time reviewing each of these and always check the contract carefully. Teachers should also ask the technology department what blockers they use. Remember that students may be able to access the school server with their cell phones which can eat up bandwidth, especially if they are downloading large files. Please note that this list is just for information and is not meant to convey our approval and that prices can vary.

Covenant Eyes
Internet Accountability  tracks websites you visit on your computers, smart phones, and tablets, and sends them in an easy-to-read report to someone you trust.
http://www.covenanteyes.com

Amber Safety
To provide parents with state-of-the-art, easy-to-use tools that help them protect their kids from threats online, at home, at school or anywhere they might go.
https://amberchildsafety.com/

Phone Sheriff
PhoneSheriff allows the blocking of certain functions of the phone or tablet at certain times of each day. “For example you can tell the software to lock the phone or tablet every night at 8:00 pm until 8:00 am or whatever hours you choose. On smartphones you can choose to lock the entire phone or you can lock just the ability to make calls while the other functions of the phone remain operable.”
http://www.phonesheriff.com/

Open DNS
OpenDNS has parental controls that empower parents to manage Web access across every device that accesses the Internet on your home network. This includes phones and computers that your kids’ friends bring into the house and more.
http://www.opendns.com/

App Certain
This service is free and includes features such as a remote curfew mode as well as an analysis of apps.
https://www.appcertain.com/

Norton Family Parental Control
This is a $50 service that enables you to check what kids are doing online, sets limits of computer time, and can monitor mobile devise activity and more. Check for a free version. http://us.norton.com/norton-family-premier/

K-9 Browser
K9 Web Protection is a free Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids. . http://www1.k9webprotection.com/

Mobile Watchdog
Mobile Watchdog monitors cell phone activity on Android devices — text messaging, application use, and browsing use. The app may be capable of sending usage emails.
http://www.mymobilewatchdog.com/

NetNanny
This site has several packages and a variety of safety features. It monitors contacts with friends, pictures and posts on social networks.
http://www.netnanny.com/

For more free materials go to http://reacheverychild.com/blog/2014/prevention-apps-provide-help-when-you-cant-be-there

Shakespeare for the Classroom: In Honor of His Birthday, Sort of
by Alan Haskvitz
National Teachers Hall of Fame

for more free resources go to http://www.reacheverychild.com/

No one knows for certain when William Shakespeare was born, but he was baptized on April 26, 1564 so why not use that date as an excuse to bring his work into the classroom. Here are some exciting ideas that can be used to meet Common Core standards and are useful for classes from upper elementary through high school.

I really like to read a sonnet to my students and have them discuss it. I use this site (http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/shakesonnets) Afterwords they create there own poem about the same subject. Some interesting and creative poetry comes from this, but most importantly when they are done they have to compare and contrast their work to Shakespeare’s and make a case for which one was the best. I let students work in teams based on the sonnets mentioned in the link.

Lots of good ideas for teachers are posted here:
Primary resources and videos of how to teach sonnets and other elements. Excellent.
https://www.folger.edu/index_sa.cfm?specaudid=2

The New York Times
All sorts of ideas to teach Shakespeare and make it come alive.
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/teaching-shakespeare-with-the-new-york-times/

A great idea from the New York Times
This printable gives students an opportunity to learn that they may already know something about the bard.
graphics8.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/studentactivity/20081218a.pdf

These are quick, video overviews of some of Shakespeare’s work
It deals mainly with the plot.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=shakespeare+sparknotes

The PBS offerings
Includes a webquest and more
http://www.pbs.org/shakespeare/educators/lessonplans.html

148 Ideas
Uneven quality, but well worth a look.
http://www.teachersfirst.com/spectopics/shakespeare.cfm
98 More Ideas
Lots of good stuff here. I like the Types of Female Characters in Shakespeare to get students interested in reading more. For older students.
http://www.onlinecollege.org/2009/12/16/100-incredibly-useful-links-for-teaching-and-studying-shakespeare/

Common Core Video Resources

There certainly isn’t a shortage of Common-core related videos and resources and that is the good and the bad news. A simple Google search reveals over 8.5 million possible websites offering everything from paid lesson plans to teachers demonstration videos. In most cases the material is limited in value or meant for a non-teachers. So I put together the better free sites to help narrow that search. If you have another to share just email me by clicking on my name at http://www.reacheverychild.com

 

A good starting point

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/common-core.html

 

A collection of ten important sites including those featuring teachers demonstrating practices as well as important sites that explain various  aspects of Common Core.

http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/15-more-resources-for-common-core-learning/

 

Resources by subject area

http://www.teachthought.com/learning/curriculum/109-common-core-resources-for-teachers-by-content-area/

 

Classroom videos showing math instruction

http://insidemathematics.org/index.php/classroom-video-visits

 

175 Videos on all aspects of Common Core with the emphasis on how teachers are implementing it.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?page=1&categories=topics_common-core&load=1

 

200 Videos

Mixed quality, but good descriptions and the teacher rating system helps winnow out the less useful.

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/SearchResults.aspx?SearchText=common+core

 

This is a large link site with an index by subject matter. Some videos are linked.

http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/CommonCoreLibrary/CommonCoreClassroom/CommonCoreRoundup/default.htm

 

Share My Lesson

This site was created by the American Federation of Teachers. You may have to register.

They have a teacher rating system that can be of value in finding those that others have found to have the most value.

http://www.sharemylesson.com/TaxonomySearchResults.aspx?area=resources&keywords=common+core+video

 

Here are the Share My Lesson site’s resources by subject area:

http://www.sharemylesson.com/article.aspx?storyCode=50000148

 

LearnZillion is a site that contains a great many resources

You have to register, but it is worth it if just to see this extremely useful visual which shows what has be to taught at when. A must visit.

http://learnzillion.com/common_core/ela

A variety of lessons with excellent explanations.

http://learnzillion.com/explore

The Release of #42”, the Jackie Robinson movie is an excellent teachable moment for students who can use Robinson’s story and baseball to create a number of lesson plans.

For more free resources go to :

Http://www.reacheverychild.com

Objective: To provide students with the opportunity to learn about segregation and the Civil Rights Movement based on the life of Jackie Robinson’s integration into the National Baseball League. The student shall be able to write about how the actions of one person can make a significant difference in the lives of others and the importance this event to society.

The student’s assignment should include the comparison and contracting of one person, they deem a hero, with another and also include their own opinion of what they would have done in a similar situation.

Lesson Plan

Students watch this video of Robinson’s life

http://www.biography.com/people/jackie-robinson-9460813/videos/jackie-robinson-full-episode-2190492587

Compare what Robinson went througth what Nelson Mandela went through in this story

http://www.awesomestories.com/flicks/invictus

Have the students make a Venn diagraph showing what Jackson and Mandela had in common.

Venn Templates

http://www.venndiagramtemplate.net/

Have the students review these traits of a hero

http://psychology.about.com/od/the-psychology-of/a/characteristics-of-heroism.htm

The students also need to create another Venn diagraphm and place those traits that they have in common with Jackson and Mendela.

The students create an essay entitled, Jackie Robinson, Nelson Mendela and I” that explains what they have in common.

As a group project, the students can look through the many entries in Awesome Stories and research those who they considered to be a hero and create a poster that commerates that individual or group’s actions to share with others.

Students can also be given a homework assignment to interview those adults that they know and to take notes on what traits they feel heroes have and their heroes. The notes have to be rewritten during class time and collected and placed in a class book.

Students can expand this lesson with the links below.

Awesone story links that can expand this lesson

The early history of baseball

http://www.awesomestories.com/sports/baseball-cards/the-knickerbocker-club

The color line in baseball

http://www.awesomestories.com/sports/baseball-cards/the-color-line

Other Heroes in American History

The Suffrage Leaders

http://www.awesomestories.com/history/womens-rights

Children Labor

Fighting for the end of child labor

http://www.awesomestories.com/history/child-labor/efforts-to-protect-children

The Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman’s Story

http://www.awesomestories.com/history/underground-railroad

Civil Rights Links

http://www.awesomestories.com/search?channel=&search=civil+rights&x=0&y=0

Remember the Titans

A football movie about athletes and school integration

http://www.awesomestories.com/flicks/remember-the-titans

Other Sports Stories

http://www.awesomestories.com/sports

Suggested Reading

If there are funds, having the students read Baseball Saved Us: Ken Mochizuki

This can be used as a compare and contrast book.

http://erinschildrensliteraturepage.blogspot.com/2008/02/baseball-saved-us.html

Assessments will be done according to the grade level and Common Core rubric used by the school.

Jackie Robinson links

http://www.schools.pinellas.k12.fl.us/educators/tec/Mutert2/wbsts.html

Guided reading

By National Hall of Fame Educator Alan Haskvitz

For young and ESL readers guided reading presents a supportive and remediative form of learning to read that offers students the benefits of sharing accomplishments and overcoming weaknesses. It takes time to set-up, needs consistency, and a lot of time, but once the method is mastered it can nearly run itself if the necessary resources are available. Below are some of the best ones I could find about reading and guided reading.

Help for slow learning child

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/slowlearners.html

Strategies for motivating readers

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/motivating_readers.html

 

Phonics and teaching reading

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/phonics.html

Videos about guided reading

http://www.watchknowlearn.org/SearchResults.aspx?SearchText=guided+reading

A fairly comprehensive site

Most everything you need to know here from questioning skills to the time allocation.

http://www.oe.k12.mi.us/balanced_literacy/guided_reading.htm

A good how-to site

http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/de/pd/instr/strats/guided/guided.html

An excellent site for those just started using guided reading

It includes a full range of helpful resources.

http://www.tips-for-teachers.com/Guided%20Reading.htm

A good wiki article

It explains how to do it and provides lesson ideas.

http://wik.ed.uiuc.edu/index.php/Guided_Reading

Making Guided Reading Multi-level

Introduces the four block method.

http://www.wfu.edu/education/fourblocks/block1.html

The Significant Benefits of Guided Reading

With Specific Instructions on How to Use Guided Reading

http://righttrackreading.com/guidedreading.html

Best educational free resource site

These sites can provide teachers with free resources to help them reach children in a variety of subject areas. They also can help provide remediation and/or accelerated learning opportunities. There are a lot of Internet sites that offer such materials, but only a few that are directed at the k-12 educator and without charge.

A note, you may have to register for some of these sites. Always make sure that the registration is only for the site and won’t be sold. I have noted that was good to register on sites I frequent because they provided me updates that I would have missed otherwise. Either way, I suggest you create an email address for just such sites and not use your personal one.

If you have additional sites to recommend please do so.

General

Annenberg Media

Videos arranged by grade level and there are a lot of them. Good quality.

http://learner.org/

Awesome Stories

This is a site that has videos that relate to stories, especially trials and biographies. A good collection, but limited in range.

http://www.awesomestories.com/videos

Khan Academy

About 1800 good quality videos mainly in science and math. Mainly for older students.

http://www.khanacademy.org/

You Tube Educational

This link is supposed to be limited to videos that are related to teaching. Very large collection, but uneven quality and the meaning of education is truly challenged.

http://www.youtube.com/education?b=400

BBC Learning Zone Clips

Search by topic or subject. Has length of video in search engine, which is good. Since this is a British site the material is directed to that user group. A goodly amount of videos. Worth a look.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/

TeacherTube:

You can post your videos or access the collection. You can also upload videos. Lots of ads. Also has audio and photo sections.

http://www.teachertube.com/index.php

Edutopia

This is also a non-profit site that offer videos. The difference in this site is that it also offers lesson plans and more. This is a large site that tries to offer a variety of services to teachers besides videos.

http://www.edutopia.org/

YouTube Education

This site does not offer a good enough category selection process for most teachers to find material quickly.

http://www.youtube.com/education?b=400

History Channel

First rate videos and well done, this site is excellent for science, technology, and history teachers. Search engine takes a while to master due to large number of videos.

http://www.history.com/topics

EduTube

The sections are not well defined and its takes time to find the right video from the collection. Limited selection.

http://www.edutube.org/

Biography

Famous people past and present. Good material, but many are for older students.

http://www.biography.com/video/index.jsp

BBC Learning Channel

There are videos and much more here. It takes time to navigate this site, but the materials, both videos and interactive lessons, and of quality.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/

Classroom clips

This site has a limited number of videos. It also has audio clips.

http://www.classroomclips.org/

Brainpop

While not all the content on this site is free, teachers can still find some great animated videos on a wide range of topics on this site for use in the classroom.

http://www.brainpop.com/

KidsNowIt

This site has a limited amount of podcasts and interactive videos in the basic subject matter areas. Some videos have test questions.

http://www.kidsknowit.com/interactive-educational-movies/index.php

Teachers’ TV

This site has a limited number of videos and categories based on subject matter, use in class, and grade level.

http://www.teachers.tv/videos

How Stuff Works

This site has a fair size collection of diverse videos from history to entertainment. A lot of ads. Also, the index is fairly simple and it takes a while to find what would be right for your grade level.

http://videos.howstuffworks.com/

Exploratorium

This site is for older students and contains some non-educational material that has little value. Overall, the strength is in science for Exploratorium. Only categorized by subject and title.

http://www.exploratorium.edu/tv/archive.php

EASE History

A small, but interesting site with videos and photos of political campaigns and historical events among others. Limited content and weak search engine.

http://www.easehistory.org/tourswf.html

The Archeology Channel

Videos of activities using interactive map of the world. Very limited content and videos may be over ten minutes in duration.

http://www.archaeologychannel.org/

Peoples Archive

Videos of a variety of people, some famous, some not so much. This site might be used to help students show how hard work can pay off or to help them learn to take notes for a biography. Autobiographies are listed.

http://www.webofstories.com/

Steven Spielberg Archive

A tremendous site that have footage of the German treatment of Jews and the Holocaust. Some videos don’t have sound. Spend time on this site and you are going to find unique and important videos to share with your students. Compelling,

http://resources.ushmm.org/film/search/index.php

Folk Streams

A small collection of collected folklore and history videos. Well worth a look for social studies and music teachers. Some films are very long, but worth a look.

http://www.folkstreams.net/

Digital History

A large site for those teaching history, with some videos. The videos tend to be for older students.

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/

History Matters

There are a few videos for older students here. The majority are very specific, such as the history of the Chinese in Tucson and there are a collection of images that might prove helpful.

http://historymatters.gmu.edu/search.php?function=find

Social Studies Video Dictionary from Georgia.

A nice, but limited collection, mainly history and geography related.

https://www.georgiastandards.org/resources/Pages/Videos/Social-Studies-Video-Dictionary.aspx

PBS Video

Public Broadcasting Videos

A great many videos with a variety of topics and well done.

http://video.pbs.org/

National Geographic Video

A major collection of videos on geography and environmental related videos. All first rate.

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/player/

The Discovery Channel

This site has a variety of good videos, but the site is difficult to navigate. First rate materials.

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/searchresults.cfm?N=0&Nty=1&Ntk=all&blnPublic=1&Ntt=video

C-Span

Mainly political videos and current issues.

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/videoLibrary/search-results.php?keywords=video+library

Free Documentaries Site

This is very interesting in that teachers can play entire films or parts from exceptional documentaries about a variety of topics. A must visit for teachers of older students. Some content may not be appropriate.

http://www.freedocumentaries.org/

Top Documentary List

This site also has a good variety of documentaries and a better search engine. Mainly for older students. Some topics may be too graphic for classes.

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/watch-online/

How To Videos

These are about five minutes in duration and cover a great many topics that could be useful to teachers from sports to science. They are all based on the idea of one does something such as hold a football or paint.

http://www.5min.com/

Wonder How To

Not many for the classroom, but some good ideas. Worth a look.

http://www.wonderhowto.com/

Howcast : If you want to know how to do something, this site is a great place to start looking for instruction.

HowCast

This site has a few educational videos in the how to area.

http://www.howcast.com/categories/95-Careers-and-Education

Best 100 Teaching Videos

A lot of videos, but many are not good quality. The ones that are are worth a look.

http://www.smartteaching.org/blog/2008/08/100-best-youtube-videos-for-teachers/

Teachers Domain

Has a selection of videos in the main subject areas. Weak search engine so you have to work hard to find the video you are looking for. Quality appears good, but some sections are limited.

http://www.teachersdomain.org/

SchoolTube

A majority of these videos are done by students and the quality is uneven. The site offers a great deal of help for teachers wanting to upload and/or make videos.

http://www.schooltube.com/category

PBS Kids Video

More entertainment. There are a fair amount of videos here for very young children. Poor search engine and slow to load.

http://pbskids.org/go/video/


Science

National Science Foundation

Science related videos for older students. Mainly interviews and explanations.

http://nsf.gov/news/mmg/index.cfm?s=2

NASA e-clips

Not many, and as you would expect, they are space related, but very well done. Use the search engine to save time as the website is difficult to navigate. For all grade levels

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/nasaeclips/index.html

NASA TV

Space related and well done.

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html

BioInteractive
A nice collection of videos on science for older students. Good quality. A fair amount are lecturers. The length of time of the video is also used in the search engine. Sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute so many videos are medical in content.

http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/video/index.html

neoK12

This site has a good selection of science videos, but is limited in other areas. Also has games.

http://www.neok12.com/

Green Energy

This site has videos related to green technology. Some might be of value to teachers, but most are more technical in nature.

http://greenenergytv.com/category.php

ARKive

A nice site with lots of videos about animals and the environment. Great for adding depth to lessons on

endangered biodiversity. Interactive material, too. Snow tracks are good lesson on critical thinking.

http://www.arkive.org/

Vega Science

Videos of scientists, research projects and more. For older students.

http://vega.org.uk/video/

ScienceState

Most of these videos are for older students and sophisticated. There are a lot of subject areas, but no classification by age.

http://sciencestage.com/

Nova Teachers

Limited number of videos that are mainly science related. For older students. Nova Science.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/video/

Math

Math TV

Excellent site with videos that help explain math concepts. Good for remediation and introduction.

http://www.mathtv.com/

Futures Channel

I am featured on some of these videos and so there may be a bias in my comments.

It is good quality applied math and science videos, but the search engine is poor. The videos are for middle school students and up in age.

http://www.thefutureschannel.com/index.php

Pedagonnet

Mainly math related videos, but some general ones, too. Limited number and uneven quality.

http://www.pedagonet.com/Maths/tricks.htm

Countdown

Short videos on various math concepts. A must visit for math teachers.

http://countdown.luc.edu/ContentIndex/a_index.html


For Older Students and Teachers

Cosmo Learning

Courses, images, and videos are located here. Many lectures for older students.

http://www.cosmolearning.com/

Lectr

Video lecturers for the main part.

http://www.lectr.com/

Scholarspot

A limited number of videos with older students in mind.

http://scholarspot.com/

TED

These are videos of lectures and they can be quite long and sophisticated and inspiring. For older students.

http://www.ted.com/

OV Guide

More of an online video guide for entertainment, this site also has educational video listings. Mainly for older students.

http://www.ovguide.com/education

John Locker

This site has videos that are basically for older students. Some interesting titles, but limited in the number and range. Good quality,

http://johnlocker.com

Channel N

This really isn’t for students, but may be of interest to teachers as it deals with interesting aspects of behavior.

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/channeln/

Academic Earth

University lectures on a variety of subjects. Some are very long. For advanced high school students.

http://academicearth.org/

Fora.tv

This site has some videos on education and teaching. However, they are basically lecturer for educators.

http://fora.tv/search_video?q=teaching

Quest Gallery

A small number of videos about research and ideas about teaching.

http://quest.carnegiefoundation.org/~dpointer/gallery/

Teachers TV

This site has videos about teaching. Fairly long videos ,and some deal with school wide concerns as well.
http://www.teachers.tv/series/from-good-to-outstandinghttp://www.teachers.tv/series/from-good-to-outstanding

Diigo

Some good videos here, but it takes time to find them and some are too difficult for younger students.

http://www.diigo.com/list/abubnic/video

Teacher Training Videos

A small, but interesting collection of videos to help teachers with technology and other areas. This is the first site that had the Storybird site that I use in the classroom.

http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/

Free online movies

Public domain videos. Limited and uneven quality.

http://www.moviesfoundonline.com/

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