FREE Resources for your Chromebooks – Great Idea for a Collegial Circle

13 12 2017

Hi all
Hope your year is going well.

I’ve spoken about Curriculum Pathways before but now have webinars for each discipline created by the company. For those who do not know, Curriculum Pathways was created and is maintained by SAS, a top data analytics company. It is their philanthropic activity due to their deep interest in education. The resources are among the best I’ve ever seen and used. They include interactives, web inquiry, web lessons, … A great thing about Curriculum Pathways is that everything is standards aligned with emphasis on higher order thinking skills. There will NEVER be a cost! Everything is free! There will never be a push to a premium account. There is none!

Most activities are for middle and high school but there are some for elementary. Complete lesson guides are included and many additionally have worksheets that can be printed or completed on students’ Chromebooks. You can filter by subject, grade level, standards, activity, Chromebook, and more. The search is quite robust. Each of these webinars is approximately 45 minutes and could be used as a great base for a collegial circle so activities could be shared with your colleagues.

When you first open the video, it may say no content – just ignore it. It will start by itself. Don’t even bother pressing Play.



English Language Arts:

Social Studies:


I PROMISE you! You will not be disappointed in Curriculum Pathways!!!

Have a great week,

Share My Lesson

26 10 2013

Hi everyone,

Since my return to the classroom, my eyes have been opened to how busy you all are! It’s been a whirlwind but I am really enjoying being back with the kids!

I thought I’d remind you about a great resource for Common Core lessons. I shared this with you last year but it warrants a reminder! Share My Lesson is sponsored by AFT and NYSUT. It is a site that contains more than 250,000 resources by teachers for teachers and is FREE! You will find activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, flashcards, puzzles, posters, assessments and MORE…. You can borrow, but more importantly, SHARE! It’s so important that we work together in these trying times.

shareMyLesson Elementary and MS

Early Elementary
44,065 resources, including activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, flashcards, puzzles, posters, assessments and other ideas for you to use with your kindergarten, first- and second-grade students.

Late Elementary
34,111 resources, including activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, flashcards, puzzles, posters, assessments and other ideas for you to use with your third- fourth- and fifth-grade students.

Middle School
60,126 resources, including activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, flashcards, puzzles, posters, assessments and other ideas for you to use with your sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students.

shareMyLesson HS

High School
172,269 resources, including activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, puzzles, posters, presentations, assessments and other ideas for you to use with your high school students.

shareMyLesson Special Population

Special Population
3,722 special populations resources, including activities, worksheets, games, lesson plans, flashcards, puzzles, posters, assessments and other ideas for you to use with your students.

Welcome Back

7 09 2013

Hi everyone and welcome back!

Hope you all enjoyed your summer:) It goes so fast, doesn’t it?

As I explained on Tuesday,  I am now at Berner all day but MTRACT is still alive and well. I will be there depending on my schedule after school. Please email me with any needs or concerns or call the office and leave a message at 308-5580. You can always call my cell – email me for the number.

Don’t forget about the collegial circles. There is much to do to prepare our students to succeed with the Common Core and collegial circles are the perfect avenue to work with your colleagues in achieving that goal.

Personally, I was VERY busy over the summer. I’ve told you about LearnZillion before and also told you that I was honored to have been one of the teachers chosen to attend Teachfest last May in San Francisco. My commitment was to create lessons for three math standards. Well, I cannot tell you the amount of work that we put into those lessons as well as how much I learned about creating Common Core lessons. We each worked with a team of 5 teachers from around the country and a coach who had to approve everything we did. The teachers on my team were incredible, as was my coach (even though he put me through the ringer). Once all was approved by our coach, it went to the LearnZillion team for final approval. After spending the ENTIRE summer working on 14 lessons, I can attest to the rigor that goes into creating lessons for LearnZillion and encourage you to take a look at their site

You will find ELA and Math Common Core lessons grouped in lesson sets by standard. You can assign a lesson to student and see the results of their practice questions. It’s changed a bit from last year so the Expert Commentary from the teacher who created the lessons is more explicit and includes the research of what standards came before and what this standard is moving toward. There are four fluency and two application questions for each math lesson as well. I didn’t see the new ELA lessons as yet but many of you know how impressed I was with their resources last year.

I’m embedding a video about LearnZillion below that includes some video from Teachfest in San Francisco to give you an idea of the commitment of the staff in producing quality lessons. They are a really impressive and dedicated group who believe in scaling their impact on a daily basis. They will be doing 1/2 hour professional development webinars throughout the year. I’ll keep you posted on that.

I hope you take 2 1/2 minutes to watch the video (if you look really closely, you’ll see me at about 56 seconds in). OH! And by the way, second grade is now included and plans to extend to kindergarten are in the works. High School is also included with the new batch of lessons being unveiled. There will be OVER 2000 NEW lessons created over the summer that will be published within the next couple of weeks. Once again, I’ll keep you posted.

I just caught the tail end of TEACH on channel 2 and it really got me excited about returning to the classroom this year. I’d like to share the end quote by a student.

The question: “What is a teacher?” Her response, “Someone who inspires you to do something better with your life.”

I guess that says it all….

Have a GREAT year,


Ever lost your Favorites?? Try Symbaloo Internet Bookmarker for computer, SmartPhone, or Tablet

19 06 2013

Hi everyone!

Can you believe it? Two more days and we are at the end of the year!

Here’s something you may want to take a look at over the summer. Have you ever opened a browser only to find that all of your bookmarks are gone? I use three browsers – Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer (sometimes I throw in Safari as well). If I bookmarked a website, I would have to remember which browser I was using. THIS can get confusing…. UNTIL, I found Symbaloo!

Symbaloo is a place that you can store all of your bookmarks quickly, easily and VISUALLY. Let’s say I find a site that I really like. I make sure Symbaloo is open (I’ve made it my home page), click on add a tile, copy and paste the URL and voila! See the picture below:


Another really cool thing – let’s say you have a topic of interest and are looking for resources. How about Common Core??? or Football??? or Web 2.0 tools??? Well, you can search for what’s called a WEBMIX – all the tiles are already on the page and you may now add that page to your Symbaloo. Yes, that’s right – Symbaloo lets you have multiple PAGES of bookmarks so you can really be organized. You may want a page for just math sites, just LOTE, etc… Maybe just worksheets. And how about the kids? What a great way to teach them organizational skills!

I’ve included two videos below – one is Symbaloo as explained by a child. Since we are teachers I figured it was appropriate! The other is about SymbalooEdu.

To create a free account, go to

Symbaloo as explained by a child

Symbaloo EDU

Have a GREAT summer,

APPR and Common Core

29 01 2013

Hi everyone,

I’ve updated the APPR and Common Core pages for you.

appr menu
You will find Overview and Evidence Binder pages as shown above. I added the Danielson rubric in an 8 1/2 x 11 size because I think it’s an easier read. I also updated the old headings to reflect the current APPR categories. You can download a copy from here.

Common Core
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You will find Common Core Facts, ELA, and Math pages as shown above.
Common Core Facts Page
I added downloads recommended by NYSUT for Elementary, Secondary and Counselors. The documents were written to guide administrators and NYSUT believes them to be valuable resources to all.

I also added downloads for Evidence Guides that are on the EngageNY website. These guides can be used in your planning as they illustrate what is being looked for with regard to the Common Core in your lesson.

EngageNY has begun adding lesson modules to the site. You will find a link to that page. For those who need the 175 hours, consider working with colleagues on a collegial circle. You will find the directions on our site under Courses.

Common Core ELA Page
Ive added a lesson series from teaching channel on persuasive speech addressing Common Core Standards ELA.SL.8.3, 4 and 5.

Common Core Math Page
I’ve added links to some really great sites for worksheets (Common Core aligned – thank you to Kathy Voigt on this) and lessons on Number Sense from the Teaching Channel

Remember with so many changes, you have a great deal on your plate this year. There is no need to re-invent the wheel. There are so many resources available. I will continue to attempt to highlight the better ones for you.


Learn Zillion

5 12 2012

Before Sandy came along, I told you that I had found this really phenomenal website for the Common Core called LearnZillion. It was created by a former teacher and principal, Eric Westendorf, who explains that he started this venture as a solution to a problem in his school. Teachers created video of lessons that were posted on a website as a resource for their students. Today the LearnZillion site has nearly 2000 lessons (and growing), that are common core aligned and created by teachers for teachers. They are constantly looking for feedback and adding new features that teachers request.

I began to create an informational sheet for all of you and it ended up being 32 pages long (some highlight Math and others ELA) so don’t worry you would not have to go through all 32 pages. It actually became a tutorial on all that is available and how to utilize what’s there. One thing I REALLY love about it is the slide “Common Mistake” which illustrates mistakes students usually make. This is a FREE resource available to teachers, students and parents!

Click on the link to see it as a flipbook

OR you may download the PDF file by following this link: Learn Zillion Information

I know you’re busy but I promise you that you will be so happy because this is a treasure trove of lessons for you! OH! And by the way, video is You Tube based so you CAN embed in Haiku!!!!

Enjoy the day and let me know what you think!

September 17, 2012

16 09 2012

Share My Lesson: By Teachers, For Teachers (FREE and sponsored by the AFT)

Talk about a collaboration! Watch the video below for information on Share My Lesson. This site was developed by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and TES Connect. You will find a plethora of FREE Common Core resources for your use! Think about forming a collegial circle (inservice and/or professional development hours) with members of your department to not only use Share My Lesson but contribute to Share My Lesson. We are all in this together – and this site is a community we should all belong to.

What NYSUT has to say: “It’s a little like a desktop faculty room, a place to share great ideas and create a community.”

“AFT’s Heidi Glidden explained the content will be supplemented by tens of thousands of contributions from hundreds of content partners, including Sesame Street and Encyclopedia Britannica. Users are also encouraged to form special interest communities, such as music teachers or English as a Second Language educators. “It’s about more than loading materials,” Glidden said. “It’s about sharing and building communities.”, I was fortunate to have in a class on the role of data over the summer states: ” To read more from NYSUT, click here.

As for teachers who are paying off student loans, register by October 31st for a chance to win $5000 to help!

Have a great week,