Financial Literacy for Kids
Want to teach your students how to earn money, manage it, and spend it wisely? Young Americans Bank is the ONLY bank in the world designed specifically for young people. Located in Denver, Colorado, young people ages 21 and younger can open their own savings and checking accounts or even obtain a debit or credit card. They offer classes, camps, and activities at their Denver location, but since we're not in Denver, we can still take advantage of MoneyIsland, an online game that will allow you to solve money puzzles and answer banking riddles. There are many lesson plans for teachers and parents covering topics like saving, spending, investing, sharing money, credit, net worth, taxes, and interest.
We all love google searches, sure, but you can get a head-start on 'serious' research with Google Scholar! Do your students have a research paper coming due and they claim the library was closed? Show them Google Scholar...here you can search across many disciplines and sources including articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites.
In 2009, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor founded iCivics with the purpose of preparing young Americans to become informed, engaged 21st century citizens. ICivics contains the nation's most comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum available freely on the web. ICivics includes 16 educational video games on topics like voting, immigration, constitutional law, the federal budget, and more...including classroom-tested teaching materials!
The Critical Thinking Community: Article Database
A treasure-trove of articles on how to use various critical thinking models/frameworks in any content area, at any age level. While you're there, visit the "K-12 Instruction Strategies and Samples" link on the left side of the site for more resources you can use in your classroom as soon as this afternoon!
The Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model
Hot off the press, this article from Gifted Child Today and favorite author Susan Winebrenner outlines some ways gifted education can respond to the needs of the 21st century. The article contains many practical tips for classroom teachers.
Depth Complexity Chart
Looking for new and simple ways to increase rigor in the classroom?
Increase depth and complexity in any subject using these simple prompts.
A Message to New Teachers of Gifted Children
An entertaining yet down-to-earth essay by Dr. Jim Delisle, Professor of Gifted Education at Kent State University, for new and veteran teachers alike.
Strategies for Teaching Gifted Students in the Inclusive Classroom
From the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, this article contains research-based strategies that will benefit all students in the classroom.
Basic Educational Options for Gifted Students in Schools
By Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska, national gifted education expert and recent keynote speaker at the Ohio Association for Gifted Children Fall Conference 2008, this article outlines some basic, and often cost-effective, educational options for gifted students.
Differentiation Tips for Teachers
A quick read outlining some basic options for differentiating instruction for highly capable learners, including pre-assessment, strategies, and classroom mangagement.
Tiering Instruction: Beginning the Process
Dr. Bertie Kingore, national differentiated instruction expert, provides a practical how-to guide for implementing tiered instruction, including sample lessons and management and assessment tips.