Saturday, July 30, 2022

A Great Place to Find Lesson Plan Ideas

Disclosure: TARA is currently an advertiser on

Earlier this week I published a lengthy piece about a new tool called TARA and how it can help you save time this fall. My favorite of all the features in TARA is the strategy resource bank that is available to any teacher who wants to use it. In the strategy resource bank you'll find dozens of teaching strategies accompanied by free handouts to use in your classroom. 

In this short video I provide a demonstration of how to use TARA's strategy resource bank

Applications for Education
The resource bank is obviously a good resource for new teachers but it shouldn’t be overlooked by experienced teachers. When you feel like you’re stuck in a rut or your “old reliable” lesson plan isn’t clicking with kids anymore, browse through TARA’s resource bank for some inspiration for a new strategy to try.

Flip, Focus, and Blueberries - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where the sun is shining and it's going to be a great day to play outside. A couple of days ago I went on a bike ride and found a lot of wild Maine blueberries. So just like in Blueberries for Sal, this morning we're going back with our pails to pick some wild Maine blueberries. Hopefully, we get enough to save some to have in our pancakes throughout the winter. I hope that you have something equally fun to do this weekend. 

This week I hosted my Search Strategies Students Need to Know webinar. That was the fifth webinar in my summer series. Next week I'm hosting To Geography and Beyond With Google Earth and Maps. I hope you'll join me!

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Getting Started With Microsoft Flip
2. Two More Tools That Can Help Students Stay Focused on Online Tasks
3. Five Ways TARA Can Help You Save Time This Fall
4. PhET Virtual Workshops for Teachers
5. Double Rainbow Lessons!
6. Timelapse and Virtual Field Trip - The Great Salt Lake
7. How to Capture and Markup Web Pages in Microsoft Edge

50 Tech Tuesday Tips!
50 Tech Tuesday Tips is an eBook that I created with busy tech coaches, tech integrators, and media specialists in mind. In it you'll find 50 ideas and tutorials that you can use as the basis of your own short PD sessions. Get a copy today!

August Webinars!
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