Educational Associations

Educational Associations are a fantastic way to connect with professionals in the various educational fields, professionals within them, training, and so much more.  In the past, I have signed up for both the National Council for Teaching Math (NCTM) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).  They provided me with articles and activities that I could utilize in my ESOL classes on school subjects while in China, but those resources barely scratch the surface of what can be found on them, and I have yet to explore them fully.  So, for my first post and project on this site, I have decided to delve a little deeper and find some nifty new resources that may be of use to others of you teaching these subjects, either in a multisubject elementary classroom or a single subject middle/high school classroom.

The first resource that may be of help to new teacher’s in these subjects were articles available for free to new teachers in the field of science.  It includes articles written by science teachers and have been put together by the association to help you get started.

http://static.nsta.org/pdfs/NewTeacherPack.pdf

Another great link to help with connect students to science beyond the classroom is to connect through citizen science projects.

https://scistarter.com/

NSTA has several discussions in their forums on using these projects in the classroom; as well as, free to memebers and low cost ($0.99) articles that go into more detail on how to use citizen science projects.  This months Science and Chldren journal includes two such articles: “Tracking Nature With Technology” and “Nurturing Local-to-Global Thinking”.

When looking further into the National Council for Teaching Math (NCTM)’s website, I found that finding free items without a membership was incredibly difficult.  There is; however, a rather handy link to their Inspire conference videos on youtube where you can catch the NCTM’s version of TEDtalks.

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMathForum/playlists

I also found a link to this game site that contains a variety of games that can be played individually or against an opponent:

https://calculationnation.nctm.org/Games/Default.aspx

Finally, I found some interactives available through the offshoot sight, Illuminations:

https://illuminations.nctm.org/Search.aspx?view=search&type=ac

In my previous explorations a few years back of the NCTM site, I was lucky enough to find free samples of some of their journals that had articles of interest to me at the time.  The site has several freebies but you may not be able to find free the item you wish to use, and finding what is free is more or less by chance.

Hope you all find some of these helpful in your own searches for useful resources from the educational community at large.

Happy teaching everyone!

Jennifer Cox

About Jennifer Cox

A life time Oregonian, I've traveled and taught ESL courses in China the past five years and have recently returned to teach at Myrtle Creek Elementary this past Fall and begin the road towards earning my master's here at Pacific. Currently, I'm teaching in the Kindergarten classroom but will be taking on a new role as a 5th-grade teacher this coming Fall. I'm excited to get kids working on building their collaboration and leadership skills, growth mindset, and working on projects that they can publish (hopefully both electronically and physically within the school). It will be a fun challenge, as my teaching partner and I will be the beginning of a new team at MCE for 5th. The possibilities have me enthused for the new year. As an educator, my greatest goal is to inspire a desire to learn and try to understand, not just academics, but each other and themselves. A part of that is my hope that students take away more than just content knowledge but an understanding of how to learn, how to use the tools they have been given, and what some of the possibilities might be. I desire to see students leave my classroom with the tools and mindset needed to be successful in whatever their personal goals might be. In the process, I hope to connect students to the micro and macro environments of which they are apart. Helping them see where they might fit in the broader environs and communities of their city, state, nation, and world. Prior to teaching, I've had a background in linguistics, with a bit of a history with cake decorating, computer science, and a touch of archaeology. Each topic has its own story and several more behind it. I expect that as a teacher, and a student, my hunger for knowledge will not be quenched any time soon. As we start this journey in the world where tech and education meet, I hope those of you following along will find useful tips, resources, and stories that will help both students and teachers alike.
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