A few of our favorite things…

Sites & Newsletters

Edutopia  – http://www.edutopia.org/ – Brain based learning, blended topics, mobile learning, student engagement, and more!
Education Week
Middle Web
We Are Teachers


Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner
Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom by Rick Wormeli
Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching Any Subject  by Rick Wormeli

 Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension for Understanding and Engagement by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis

Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess
The First Six Weeks of School (Strategies for Teachers) by Paula Denton and Roxanne Kriete


Association of American Educators-  http://www.aaeteachers.org/ – the largest national, non-union, professional educators’ organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda.
Association for Middle Level Education – http://www.amle.org/ – A wonderful resource for educators who work with adolescents.  Fabulous annual conference!
Learning and the Brainhttp://www.learningandthebrain.com/ – Connecting Educators to Neuroscientists and Researchers – Amazing resources for educators of adolecents! Fascinating conferences!


  • Uno cards
  • dominos
  • wind-up toys
  • timers of every shape and size
  • index cards
  • pizza boxes
  • dry-erase boards
  • carpet samples
  • rubber coasters
  • magic wands
  • Barrel of Monkeys
  • sticky notes
  • bean bag animals

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