19 Pencils

Here’s a great pick from AASL’s “Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2014” list. 19 Pencils is a one-stop lesson plan organizer, where teachers can find great lesson plans, save the ones they like, add their own lesson plans, and provide easy access of classroom resources to students. Phew!

19 Pencils features

Once you sign up, you have a Teacher Dashboard where you can save all of your lesson plans, add new ones, and save the online resources that go along with the lessons (all those links that you keep in your bookmarks folder!). Create a Class Page, and upload the resource to it with one click to share it with your students.

Class pages

If you want to spring for the premium version, you can also create quizzes and educational games (like word searches) and track student progress.

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Headspace and Smiling Mind: Meditation Apps for the Modern Age

smiling mind

Life can get pretty hectic (as you can tell, since it’s been over a month since I last posted!). One way I’ve recently learned to deal with the constant curveballs life throws my way is through daily meditation. Simply taking five to ten minutes to still my mind and breathe makes a noticeable difference in my overall demeanor and attitude. Continue reading