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Virtual 6-8 English Teacher
"ReadWriteThink has given me a new passion for teaching. It has shown me how to easily plan and supplement lessons as well as spark creativity and joyful learning through great resources and games."
Lori Hall's Story
One Stop Spot for Great Resources!
When I enrolled in the summer 2009 Thinkfinity course, I never imagined this program would be so helpful to my career. Being a virtual educator, it is difficult to find resources that I can use with students in my “classroom.” Thinkfinity.org is a one stop shopping resource for all teachers! When I took this course, I wrote my integration plan on starting a newspaper with the amazing resources available from ReadWriteThink.org. In late August, I sent communication to all students in the Colorado Virtual Academy (COVA) regarding the launch of a school newspaper. I had 25 students at my first newspaper class ranging from grades 3 – 12!
The “Creating a Classroom Newspaper” lesson plan is what started it all! I shared the lesson on the whiteboard of my virtual classroom and paired off students as they started on their first article for the paper. My students always use the Newspaper Writing Assessment sheet from this lesson plan to rate their work before sending it to me for publication. The Reporter’s Guide and Inverted Pyramid Format are two other sources from ReadWriteThink that I periodically use to help students with their writing. Thanks to ReadWriteThink.org, I have found a passion in teaching students how to write for a newspaper. To see students enjoying writing has been remarkable! Thank you, Thinkfinity.org and ReadWriteThink.org for being a one stop spot for great resources!
This is the March issue of the COVA Chronicle.
This is the November issue of the COVA Chronicle.
When searching for an activity, typing in a resource type is very helpful in narrowing down results.
Reading the monthly newsletter is helpful. For example, the March newsletter tells about music themed lessons which I didn't know were available until reading the newsletter.
Using the ReadWriteThink Calendar can help organize lessons around events happening the day or month of your planned lesson. Students really enjoy celebrating different happenings!