Exemplary teacher web sites

Kathryn Friedrichs
Melissa Herzig

  1. www.edhelper.com
    This website has a very clear table of contents. The major things noticed in this website was that it had unit plans as well as lesson plans for a variety of subjects. It also has "classroom helpers" and daily materials.

  2. teacher.scholastic.com
    This website has a variety of things useful for teachers. It ranges from unit and lesson plans to interactive chat rooms where teachers can discuss lessons. It has a section for "teaching strategies" as well as a teacher store and a web home page builder for your own class.

  3. www.nytimes.com/learning
    This website is wonderful for using the current events in teaching. It has the daily news as well as archives. It is great for getting ideas to connect events in the news with curriculum.

  4. schooldiscovery.com/schrockguide
    This website is very clear, easy to access information. It has articles, corkshops, as well as a section for "teacher helpers." This website is linked to "discovery.com" which provides more information.

  5. members.aol.com/alysser/aslpgs.htm
    This website pertains to ASL teachers and students (which is great for Melissa and I). It includes Deaf Studies, Interpreting as well as an interactive ASL Dictionary and a chat room to talk to Deaf people!

Ana Lara
Daniel Cohen

  1. http://mathforum.org/
    This website is great for teachers because it has links to lessons, discussion groups, teacher exchange, and workshops. This is one of the premier sites for math educators because it is easy to navigate and full of useful information.

  2. http://cte.jhu.edu/techacademy/web/2000/heal/mathsites.htm
    This website has a list of math education websites that can be accessed via a topic linked list on the left of the page and a comprehensive list on the right. The most appealing characteristic of this site is the number of available sites under each topic. If one is not sufficient there are a myriad of other choices.

  3. http://www.explorelearning.com/
    This site is great for tech-savvy teachers that want to illustrate mathematical concepts through web-based applets. The only drawback is that it is a pay site.

  4. http://www.cut-the-knot.org/index.shtml
    This site provides teachers a valuable resource of games and puzzles for students to expand their knowledge. It is easy to read and full of innovative ideas.

  5. http://www.education-world.com/
    This site appeals to all education professionals. There are links for up-to-date topics, lesson planning, professional development, and other issues. This is one of the most comprehensive sites for education so it provides a unique forum for a variety of people to communicate.

Carrie Ignacio & Melissa Kwan

  1. http://teacher.scholastic.com
    This website is organized into four categories: online activities, lesson plans, teaching strategies, and tools. Each category has numerous links and ideas. Some of the resources for teachers include advice articles, teaching ideas split up by grade level (e.g., 1-2, 2-5, etc.), lesson plans, a planning calendar, and a "create your own web page" section. This website is exemplary because it is user friendly, is well-organized with fun graphics, and has nearly every resource a teacher could need in one place!

  2. http://www.abcteach.com
    This website has many resources for teachers. It not only includes over 5000 free printable worksheets but also has lesson plans, theme unit and portfolio ideas, printable flash cards, and teaching extras (certificates, bookmarks, etc.). For teachers who wish to pay $25 for a year-long membership, there is a section called "ABC Tools" which allows teachers to create custom documents. This website is well-organized, especially since it contains so much information. It is simple, colorful, and accessible for both novice and expert computer users.

  3. http://www.aimsedu.org/
    This website is a fantastic resource for teachers of science and math. It includes activities, workshops, information on core science curricula, and an online store. The best part of this site is the alignment of the activities with the national science standards. Also, the activities are hands-on and appear engaging for students.

  4. http://school.discovery.com/
    This website is a source of science information for teachers. It includes science lesson plans, a teacher store, teaching tools (e.g., a puzzle maker), and a curriculum center (which includes important information on various science topics). It also includes "Custom Classroom," a personalized way to keep track of the materials you use and create on the website. This is a great way for teachers to become informed about science topics. The only downfall is that parent and student resources are on the same page and can sometimes get confused with the teacher resources.

  5. http://www.teachersfirst.com
    This website includes a collection of lessons and web resources for K-12 teachers. The contents of the pager are organized by subject area and grade level. Teachers can choose from "Classroom Resources" (e.g., links to sites for lessons) and "Professional Resources" (e.g., teaching strategies, a teachers' "lounge" for online communication). This website is simple but somewhat limited because it mostly contains links to other sites rather than usable information on the actual site.


  1. http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/article/0,3045,151-165-0-2117,00.html
    Description of AP Central ; Biology Course Homepage: This is an excellent resource for AP Biology teachers. It offers information about the AP curriculum, exam, and teaching resources. It even provides example problems, and scoring guidelines. It is an exemplary website because it is free, easy to manipulate, and interactive, providing educational opportunities to provide success for even the first year AP teacher.

  2. http://pages.cthome.net/apbio/
    Description of Bruce Faitsch's AP Biology Website: This website was created by an AP Biology teacher. It includes his yearly plans as well as links to most of his activities. It also includes general study tips, and AP Biology curriculum guide, and links to other educational resources. It is an exemplary website because of the amount of information it contains. His ideas and activity links would be easy to integrate in to your classroom schedule. It is an excellent example of a teacher's website. I could see a great benefit for the students as well.

  3. http://biology.about.com/od/onlinedissections/
    Description of Online Dissection website: This website provides online dissection guides for numerous animals and also provides virtual dissection links for teachers to use in lieu of real animal specimens. Many teachers are philosophically against using animals for dissection purposes, and find using virtual dissections through computer software to be equally productive in terms of learning the anatomy and physiology of animals. In classrooms where teachers still use real animal specimens, this website may be used as an alternative resource for students who are opposed to participating in real animal dissection. It is an exemplary website because it serves as both an informational source, but also as an interactive source for learning. In the taxonomy Dewey presents, it falls uunder the inquiry purpose, and in the taxonomies presented in the Bruce and Levin article (1997), it falls under the subcategory of model exploration and simulation toolkits, visualization software, virtual reality environments, and knowledge representation. What might improve this website would be a place where students could do some comparative anatomy of the different dissections available on the site, or a place where the students could type in what animal they wanted to know about, and a comparison to others would appear.

  4. http://lessonplanspage.com/Science.htm
    Description of Lesson Plan website: This website contains science lesson plans, ideas, thematic units and lab activities for all ages and all branches of science. It is sorted by gradelevel for easy use for educators. This is an exemplary site because it not only allows a teacher to search for lessons by grade level and topic, but it also provides an interactive forum cite for teachers to post questions, requests, etc. ... if they cannot find what they need on the site currently. In this way, it fosters a community of learners with similar shared needs and interests.

  5. http://www.nsta.org
    Description of National Science Teachers Association website: This websitecontains a plethora of information for every level of science educator. It includes information about conferences, resources for teachers' classrooms, current legislation affecting science education, current journal articles impacting science education, opportunities to chat with other educators via interactive discussion boards, etc. ... One of the downsides of this website is that in order to access many of the resources this cite offers, you need to be a member of NSTA. It asks for your member name and ID number for access to many parts of the cite.

Ruth Howell and Jennifer Roberts

  1. EDTA: Educational Theatre Association http://www.edta.org
    EDTA is the national organization for high school theatre. A very user-friendly site, the website uses theatrical symbols (tickets, masks, etc.) as links to information. Local chapters refer to their members as "thespians." Monthly newsletters are online as well as by email and mailed.

  2. NCTE: National Council of Teacher's of English http://www.ncte.org
    A website filled with information, research and links for English teachers.

  3. ETS: Educational Testing Service http://www.ets.org
    The homepage allows teachers, parents and students to connect to appropriate tests, take sample tests, order materials, and provides information and links to states and government agencies which require testing use ETS-made tests.

  4. CDE: California Office of Education http://www.cde.ca.gov
    California Education Dept. has an extensive website with all standards, frameworks, information on testing, federal government links and news. It is a wealth of information for teachers and other education professionals and provides parents with access to State information.

  5. BTSA: Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment, San Diego http://www.btsasd.net
    A very helpful website for new (and experienced) teachers. It provides information, training, chat rooms, and assistance for beginning teachers throughout San Diego City Schools.

Suzanne Stolz, sstolz@ucsd.edu
Katy Farrell, kafarrell@ucsd.edu

  1. The Educator's Reference Desk http://www.eduref.org/index.shtml
    This site provides lesson plans, tutorials on how to create a web page, and interesting research articles on various educational topics.

    Why this site is exemplary: This site is well-organized and easy to navigate. It has a site map and a site search, and is full of great resources.

  2. Apple Learning Interchange http://ali.apple.com/
    This is a website developed by educators for educators. It is a repository of k-12 lesson ideas that incorporate technology.

    Why this site is exemplary: Here you will find cutting edge examples of technology use in the classroom. Advanced search allows you to search by subject and grade level.

  3. Web English Teacher http://www.webenglishteacher.com/
    This site is a guide for integrating technology into the language arts curriculum. According to the author of the site, Carla Beard, "it presents the best of K-12 English/Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans, WebQuests, videos, biography, e-texts, criticism, jokes, puzzles, and classroom activities."

    Why this site is exemplary: It's one-stop shopping for language arts resources on the Web. The sites have already been reviewed by someone so there is some level of quality control. The left hand navigation bar is useful for browsing resources on various topics including poetry, journalism, study guides, mythology, critical thinking, advanced placement, etc.

  4. Gateway to Educational Materials http://thegateway.org/
    This website is a "consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites."

    Why this site is exemplary: Good search capabilities, thousands of reviewed resources.

  5. Lesson Plan Search http://www.lessonplansearch.com/
    This site, although not aesthetically pleasing, has an abundance of interesting lesson plans. Teachers can choose from a list of sixteen subject areas or search for specific topics through a site search.

    Why this site is exemplary: Useful lesson plans in a variety of subject areas.

Shivani and Lara

  1. http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/instructor/features_library.htm
    This is the online, interactive version of Scholastic's Instructor magazine for teachers. This multifaceted site is kept up to date on a monthly basis, providing teachers with a wide array of teaching ideas and research, lesson plans, projects, resources and links, in all subject areas at all k-8 grade levels.

    I rank it #1 for usefulness, timely relevance and effectiveness in stimulating good teaching.

  2. http://www.writingproject.org/
    This is the official site of the National Writing Project, the umbrella organization for all the local area Writing Projects around the U.S. The site provides access to a series of research journals concerned with the issues around teaching writing, at all grade levels, as well as information on conferences, and links to the activities run by local Writing Projects. Through membership the site is interactive via interest groups who post discussions on issues of shared concern.

    I rank it #2 since it is less comprehensive than Instructor, but provides more in depth, current research by teachers, as well as acting as a forum for new ideas.

  3. http://www.ascd.org/portal/site/ascd/index.jsp/
    This site is the cyber home of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, offering cutting edge research on school improvement, professional development, conferences, books and journals. A special feature for is a digest of educational issues covered in the media emailed on a daily basis.

    I rank this #3 because of the broad range of resources and links provided on the latest developments in education in the U.S. and because of easy accessibility.

  4. http://www.bilingualeducation.org/
    This is the site for the California Association for Bilingual Educators CABE. It provides a series of online articles of specific interest to teachers involved with Second Language Students, articles which are hard to find elsewhere. There is also news of conferences, publications and policy developments affecting bilingual and EL education in California.

    I rank this #4 because it is a vital link for a specialized audience.

  5. http://www.nctm.org/
    This is the site for the National Council for the Teaching of Mathematics. It covers K-12 content including samples of standards-based, innovative lesson plans in mathematics. There are many useful links, conference dates and recommended literature.

    I rank this #5 since it is stimulating, accessible, and useful. As might be expected it is not visually appealing, although there is a section of animated "tools" for explaining high school geometry.

Elisabeth Leonard
Krysti DeZonia

  1. All kinds of minds

    This site was founded by Dr. Mel Levine and Charles Schwab (yes, that Charles Scwhab) for the purpose of helping students struggling in school (and the teachers and parents of these students) become successful learners. The site is easy to use and has separate portals for educators, families, and clinicians.

  2. Creating passionate users

    This blog is written by authors "passionate about the brain and metacognition." It includes postings that range from motivation to teaching bluegrass fans. It's a different take on education, but it's relevant and interesting.

  3. TechLearning

    The site is intended for K-12 school administrators, teachers, and technology coordinators. It contains articles and reviews on educational technolgy, a grants database, an events database, and much more.

  4. www.teachers.net
    * Wide range of information for teachers across domains
    * Interest groups, chat rooms, jobs and current events-useful for many different applications
    * Easy to navigate
    * Not very "pretty", but functional site

  5. www.jobs.org/teachersource/
    * Thousands of lesson plans and activities
    * Video footage
    * Information for multiple core subject domains
    * Very professional site
    * Good for users with multiple interests