Denise Fawcett Facey

At its best, education broadens the way students view the world and their place in it.

Reaching the Whole Child

Teaching content and teaching students are vastly different experiences. While the former focuses on conveying information, the latter is student-centered, seeking to meet students’ needs and bring forth the best in them. That’s whole-child education. This page is intended as a resource for whole-child education, offering both content resources as well as SEL and other resources that more fully address the totality of who students are.

And if you have a great resource, please add it here. I'll be sure to give you the credit!




Character Education

Respectful Talk Among Students

Dealing with Bullying via Drama


The Ned Show-A school-wide program to build character



Inspirational

Students’ “Happy Notes” Encourage Others and Combat Bullying


Students Caring for Students

Motivating Students Never to Give Up (Video)



Skills-Building
Conver-Stations


Fostering Student Creativity

About.Me - great way for students to create digital resumes for college admission, job hunting, etc

Learning Chocolate- Builds vocabulary through visual and auditory expression of each word

5 Tips for Developing Students’ Listening Skills

How to Develop Ideas in Students

Three C’s Replace Three R’s

Ways to Teach Students to Overcome Setbacks


High School Students Teaching 5th Graders


Social and Emotional Learning

Social Learning Group - Social Learning Books, Curriculum & Resources for Parents & Educators


Identifying Feelings-Pre-K


Teaching Social and Emotional Literacy in Preschool



Student Engagement


5 Excellent Ways to Make Learning Fun

6 Classroom Management Ideas that Engage Students

Engage Now!-Teacher Jeromie Heath's tips on engaging students

5 Tips for Making Education Fun

5 Tips for Engaging Students Who Are Hard to Reach

4 Student Engagement Tips (Audio Presentation)



Professional Development
Creating a Classroom Culture that Engages Students

8 Steps to Support Struggling Students

8 Great Classroom Management Tips

Class Flow- A free, cloud-based platform that makes planning, teaching and learning easier

10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching

5 Excellent Ways to Make Learning Fun

6 Classroom Management Ideas that Engage Students

3 Tips to Encourage a Growth Mindset via Failure

Teaching Channel Teams- Private collaboration platform that allows educators to connect and collaborate within their own school, district or other education organization

5 Characteristics of Learner-Centered Teaching

5 Practices for Building Positive Relationships with Students

10 Things Your Students Need from You

3 Reminders for Teachers

Projects vs. Project-based Learning

8 Steps to Inquiry-Based Learning

20 Essential Technology Terms for Teachers

8 Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say and Do

7 Qualities that Impact Lesson Plans

20 Tips for a Smoother Running Classroom

12 Benefits and Fun Aspects of Mobile Learning

The Abundance Model: Building on Student Strengths

6 Great Ways to Capture Student Responses without Costly Clickers

Online Professional Development Resources

LearnZillion-teachers’ resource of 2000+ lesson plans

27 Ways to Be a 21st Century Teacher

5 Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning



CONTENT RESOURCES

Differentiated Teaching

5 Quick Differentiation Tips

Fabulous Digital Differentiation Tools for Teachers

A Multitude of Links on Differentiated Instruction

Differentiation Videos:








Elementary School
Feed Me Fractions - Game reinforces knowledge of adding fractions with common denominators (contributed by math teacher Anna Quinn)

Whole Wide World 2-Social Studies app teaches elementary students about world cultures and geography.

Engage Now!-Teacher Jeromie Heath's tips on engaging students

Learning Chocolate- Builds vocabulary via visual and auditory expression

Wanderful Storybooks-App brings award-winning storybooks to life

Room Recess-Free educational games for elementary students

Activities Children-Fun activities to do with elementary-age children

Thumbtack Painter- App helps kids create, share and save their creative works

Kid Sites-A guide to the best sites for children

NASA-App teaches elementary students all that the agency does

10 Ways to Celebrate Learning

Say the Secret Word: Great Classroom Management Tool

Book Club in Class

Video Science-App contains short science experiments for elementary students

Geo Dash Wild Animal Adventure- National Geographic app is a game about animals


English/​Language Arts


Newseum-Interactive digital museum of news/​journalism

Shakespeare in Bits - App (for iPad, iPhone) breaks Shakespeare into clear, manageable portions

Flocabulary-Vocabulary-building via online K-12 library of songs, videos, activities

Newsela- News site offers topical issues, at students' own adjustable reading levels

Hemingway-App offers detailed proofreading at students' fingertips

Grammar Pop- App uses a game to teach grammar

Wanderful Storybooks-App brings award-winning storybooks to life

Digital Is-Resource for teachers on using digital tools for teaching writing

Persuasive Writing through the Arts

A Fun Way to Increase Student Literacy through Student Blogging


Capzles-Offers variety of templates for digital storytelling

Stretch a Sentence-Guides students in expanding sentences

English Companion- A place where English teachers share ideas and resources

Using the Socratic Method for Teaching Poetry

Math
Feed Me Fractions - Game reinforces knowledge of adding fractions with common denominators (contributed by math teacher Anna Quinn)

Multiplication Set to Music

20 Great Math Apps

Making Math Concrete and Fun

Tutpup-Math and Spelling as a Global Game

Illustrative Mathematics-Math resources, lesson, standards, etc.


Music
Flocabulary-Site offers vocabulary-building via online library of songs, videos and activities for grades K-12

Multiplication Set to Music



Preschool
Gracie and Friends Birthday Cafe - App teaches numbers by numerals and quantity

PBS Kids - Offers educational games that correspond to children’s programming on PBS

Zula Patrol - Fun science games for PreK-2

PLAY-DOH Create ABCs - App helps children learn to write letters by using play-doh virtually

Zorbit's Math Adventure-Using play and a storyline, this app teaches math skills and concepts in line with Common Core for preschoolers

Interactive Read Aloud for Preschool


Reading
Starfall - Teaching reading via phonics

Developing Active Readers

Storyline Online-Professional actors reading children’s books aloud

Audacity-Downloadable audio program that enables children to hear their own voices as they read (great for improving reading)

Free Reading-Free reading program for Pre-K-6

Story Creator-Free app allows child to take a picture and record own voice to create a book

Read, Write, Think-Students write and perform own scripts to improve reading fluency


Science
Exploratorium- digital learning lab providing interactive way for students to explore science

Sparticl.org- Offers science videos, games, articles and STEM resources for high school students

Science of Everyday Life-K-12 Videos and interactives highlight science all around us

Video Science-App containing short science experiments for home or elementary classroom

Geo Dash Wild Animal Adventure-App from National Geographic is a game about animals

Kids Biology-teaches children everything they might want to know about animals

NASA-App teaches elementary students all that the agency does



Social Studies

50 Ways to Teach Current Events
(Contributed by EducatorLabs)

Newseum-Interactive digital museum of news/​journalism

10 YouTube Channels for the Social Studies Classroom

Whole Wide World 2-Social Studies app teaches elementary students about world cultures and geography.

Timeline 3D-Beautiful, multimedia timeline app

Newsela-Wonderful news site provides non-fiction reading, on topical issues, at students' own adjustable reading levels

AP Human Geography-National Geographic's excellent resources for AP Human Geography

Teaching Tolerance-Free DVDs, teacher guides and magazine subscription on topics that promote civil rights, racial harmony and human relations skills

Resources for Celebrating Black History Month

5 Must-Have EdTech Tools for Social Studies

Teach with Movies-Lesson plans, lesson guides and 40-minute movie clips all based on historic events (yearly subscription 11.99)

Mayan Mysteries-App enables grades 5-9 to explore the ancient Mayan culture and civilization

Psychology Lessons

History Pin-Thousands of historical photos uploaded, captioned and pinned to maps

Dipity-Students create and share stories via an interactive timeline

Visualizing Emancipation-Provides geographic context for abolition of slavery

Project-Based Learning: Teaching About Social Justice Issues

Students Become Famous European Explorers



Special Education
Dyslexie Font-Typeface that can be installed in all software programs as well as internet browsers to facilitate reading for students with dyslexia.



Standardized Testing
Ways to Build Play into Test Preparation



STEM
Backyard Engineer- App use engineering skills to help students build a catapult to launch water balloons!




Technology/​Online Resources

100 Online Collaborative Learning Tools for Teachers and Educators
(Contributed by EducatorLabs)

Outwhiz-An app/​website that makes practicing math and English fun.

Dyslexie Font-Typeface that can be installed in all software programs as well as internet browsers to facilitate reading for students with dyslexia.

Knowmia Teach-Free app enables teachers and students to create and narrate slideshare videos via iPad and upload them to your websites.

FlipGrid-Allows teachers to make questions on grids and receive video responses that are viewed and shared by all.

Studystorm - App prepares students for college admissions as well as exams, including SAT, ACT and AP exams.

Backyard Engineer- App uses engineering skills to help students build a catapult to launch water balloons!

Newseum-Interactive digital museum of news/​journalism

Timeline 3D-Beautiful, multimedia timeline app

10 YouTube Channels for the Social Studies Classroom

Dropr - free and easy service to create online portfolios of images, videos, and audio files

Class Flow- A free, cloud-based platform that makes planning, teaching and learning easier

College Students Guide To Tablets and Mobile Devices- A resource for college students considering mobile technology. Contributed by Aaron, a student

Hemingway-App offers detailed proofreading at students' fingertips

6 STEM Resources Incorporating the Winter Olympics

Great Civil Rights Video Set to Music by Teacher Jeromie Heath

60 Apps for Teaching STEAM

Quiz Bean-Makes online quizzes for instant assessment of students

One Globe Kids- App in which children around the world tell the stories of their lives

TED-Ed- Excellent educational videos on myriad topics via YouTube

Aurasma-App enables users to create their own Augmented Reality experiences

Activate Learning- App personalizes learning for K-12 students with resources/​curriculum all in one place

Sparticl.org- Offers science videos, games, articles and STEM resources for high school students

Teaching Channel Teams- Private collaboration platform that allows educators to connect and collaborate within their own school, district or other education organization

Quick Key-eliminates hand-grading of quizzes, tests, and formative assessments

Zorbit's Math Adventure-Using play and a storyline, this app teaches math skills and concepts in line with Common Core for preschoolers

Learn Big- Offers a wealth of education resources and links

Remind 101-Free site enables teachers to text parents/​students without using cell number

Wanderful Storybooks-App brings award-winning storybooks to life

Room Recess-Free educational games for elementary students

Activities Children- A great site filled with fun activities to do with elementary-age children

Kidblog.org- Offers teachers a free blog for every K-12 student

Thumbtack Painter- App that enables kids to create, share and save their artwork and other creative works

Class Dojo-A Classroom Management App . . . yes, really!

Animation Chef-Site where students make and learn all about media and animation

Planbook.com-Site to create customized lesson plans online

MyCreate-App enables kids to make animated stories

Educreations-An app to create and share video lessons

10 Best Virtual Field Trips

Fotobabble- Brings textbook photos to life by adding voice (Imagine talking war generals!!)

Infographic- Offers a variety of creative ways to use Pinterest as a teaching tool

Yacapa- Great tool for creating quizzes and e-portfolios

Dipity- Students create and share stories via an interactive timeline

Capzles-Offers variety of templates for digital storytelling

My Homework-An app that organizes students' assignments, projects etc. Sends reminders of due date as well!

Stretch a Sentence-Guides students in expanding sentences

Visualizing Emancipation- Provides geographic context for abolition of slavery

12 Benefits and Fun Aspects of Mobile Learning

6 Great Ways to Capture Student Responses without Costly Clickers

Innovative Ways to Use Technology without the Internet

Memplai-Innovative site where students can collaborate and create videos free

Chart Tool-Online chart creator

Zoo Whiz-Curriculum-based motivational learning

Tutpup-Math and Spelling as a Global Game

NASA-App teaches elementary students all that the agency does

Teaching Students to Teach Themselves via Technology




World Languages
Middlebury Interactive Languages- Digital world language courses for K-12, including AP

10 Great Tips for Teaching World Languages via Social Media

Great Games For World Language Classes

Reaching and Teaching the Whole Child






Latest Books

Figuring out what to do with your life after graduation can be difficult. This book offers answers and encouragement.
Techniques for teachers who want to engage students and make education relevant and fun
High School Social Studies activities and projects that make learning enjoyable and test-taking easier

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