For the last two weeks I've been trying to make sure that I'm ready for the upcoming school year- my first as a teacher. But where to start?...
I've found that a good place to start when preparing for your first year of teaching is the World Wide Web. I advise you to write down the good ideas you find so that you don't have to find them again. I have found the following list of websites and blogs to be very helpful, so I want to share them with you.
WARNING: There are so many great ideas floating around cyber space that it may add to your overwhelming sense of un-readiness. USE CAUTION.
Teacher Tipster http://www.teachertipster.com/ Mr. Smith is a 1st grade teacher and he has wonderfully fun ideas. I used many of his tips while both student teaching and substitute teaching. I highly recommend watching his videos.
The Cornerstone http://www.thecornerstoneforteachers.com/ There is so much information on this site, it's like first-year-teacher-Heaven. Heck, a 30-year teaching veteran would probably find this site valuable. But pace yourselves. This site can overwhelm you.
Mrs. Smith's Blog http://www.mrs-smiths-class.com/ Be sure to visit her Teacher Resources page- she has a ton of good stuff.
Mrs. Meacham's Blog http://www.jmeacham.com/ Another blog with lots of resources.
First Grader At Last http://firstgraderatlast.blogspot.com/ This is one of my favorite teacher blogs. Be sure to visit!
Seussville http://www.seussville.com/ Enough cannot be said of Dr. Seuss...
Starfall http://www.starfall.com/ Filled with fun activities for kids.