Monday, May 12, 2014

Teaching Resources Galore!

The quest for more good, solid teaching resources never ends

We have all had days where our teaching plates can be overloaded beyond control. Having lessons all day, marking tests on the tube while traveling home, simply to grab a quick bite and graduate to checking students' exercise books. It can get hectic, and at times it will take all evening to finish marking, only to be faced with another dilemma: Should I leave some time to myself or try to finish the lesson plans I haven't quite completed by 11pm? It's certainly challenging.

At times like these, inspiration can be lacking sometimes. Teachers are always trying to infuse their lessons with some creativity and diversity. Other times, we just want to get it done! A couple of years ago, a colleague of mine showed me a great website that contains a rich collection of lesson plans and resources. Most importantly, they revolve around the UK system. For all the Canadian teachers heading to England for the first time, it can be an invaluable friend.

I give you: TES - Think, Educate, Share

TES is basically a digital community revolving around teaching and education that boasts over 3 million users; over 4.7 million resources to download, all developed by teachers to "guide, inform, and inspire educators around the world." I'm always amazed by all the information that this site contains. You can download and share lesson plans, classroom resources, revision guides, curriculum worksheets, SEN teaching strategies/approaches, secondary classroom activities, etc. Great for long-term teaching or just some activities to have in your pocket on those cover days where no work has been provided for you students. All free, of course, to adapt however you like.

Lesson planning in a pinch. It's saved me many times and even if you're not looking for a full-blown lesson plan to use, it's a great starting point for inspiration or a place to build on your own ideas for curriculum creation. From Early Years, Primary (KS1 and KS2), through to Secondary (KS3, KS4, KS5) and Whole School (behaviour, CPD).

If you really want to go all the way, you can always sign up to TES Pro. It has many other features on offer: Digital subscription to the TES magazine and library where you can get many inspirational ideas for your lessons. You can also add your own resources to a digital binder, sharing them with other colleagues. The 30GB of private storage also comes in handy. Unfortunately, there is a yearly cost for this service, about 20 pounds. Just something to consider as well!

Hope you enjoy perusing this website, I've found it useful on many busy days where I simply didn't have enough time to plan as many lessons as I wanted to. Enjoy!

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