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Tools for Teachers

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Planning for student learning, especially during the first year of teaching, is a daunting and time-consuming task.

With that in mind, please find below a carefully culled list of teaching resources and links from Teachers College faculty, students and alumni. The Department of Arts & Humanities hopes that the list will grow and that the space will become a dynamic area for the open exchange of ideas and resources between TC students, faculty, alumni, and teachers outside of Teachers College.

If there is a link or a lesson plan you would like to share, please send an email to:

Thank you for coming. We look forward to you visiting again.


Lesson Plans

Connexions: View and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc…

Design Thinking: The website provides the Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators for free download, which offers guidance through the five phases of the design process, from defining a challenge to building a solution.

Edutopia (George Lucas Educational Foundation): Resources, tools, and solutions for teachers, administrators, and parents. There is a deep archive of continually updated best practices, from classroom tips to recommendations for district-wide change.

English to Go: Fun, engaging, up-to-date resources for EFL/ESL teachers, which are based on Reuters® news articles.

Learning Through Art: The Guggenheim Museum’s site includes useful resources for educators, including questions to facilitate discussion of works of art and detailed lesson plans for exploring art projects and techniques in the classroom.

MES Games: Flash games for ESL/EFL students

MOMA’s modern teachers: MOMA free guides, lessons, and images on topics like expressionism.

My Music Class: An online idea center and lesson plan library, filled with standards-aligned teaching ideas and resources, exclusively for MENC (The National Association for Music Education) members.

One Stop English: Over 7,000 resources, including lesson plans, worksheets, audio, video and flashcards, it is the world’s number one resource site for English Language teachers. Run by Macmillan.

PBS Teachers: Media library divided by subject and grade level.

Puzzlemaker: Puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists. Members (at $89.95 per year per classroom, 1-9 classrooms; $74.95 per classroom, 10-49 classrooms) can download the PDFs, which include full lesson plans with graphic organizers and flash cards, for the books listed on this site. Non-members are able to access teaching tips, including information on how to check for fluency and how to use a running record, free of charge.


ACSD SmartBrief: Daily e-newsletter that curates interesting and timely education news from sources all over the country.

Bridging Differences: Edweek blog that consists of back-and-forth exchanges between Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier.

eSchoolNews: Technology news for K-20 educators.

Ed Policy Blog: A multiblog about the ways that educational foundations can inform educational policy and practice. Breaking news, commentary and debate on education reform.

Education News: “Informing educators since 1997.”

Education Next: General education-themed online magazine.

Eduwonk: Andrew Rotherham, the co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students, authors this education blog.

Flypaper: News published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a think-tank with a pro-school-choice stance.

Gotham Schools: CUNY J-school effort to cover ed news; provides a daily list of education related headlines from a variety of news sources with direct links to articles.

Inside Higher Ed: Higher education news and analysis.

The Learning Network: Education blog published by the New York Times.

SchoolBook: News, data and conversation about schools in New York City, compliments of the New York Times.

The Quick and the Ed: In-depth analysis on the latest in education policy and research, published by Education Sector, an independent think tank located in Washington, D.C.

Teacher Beat: An EdWeek blog offering the latest news and insights on teacher-related policy and politics.


Inside Schools: A comprehensive directory of community school district superintendents and offices, as well as Department of Education contacts; Forums are organized into categories for different age groups, special education, politics, and policy.

Teacher Blogs Authored by a retired NYC public school teacher, this blog provides commentary on current education issues and focuses on policy reform and activism.; includes a catalog of video links, including protests, conferences, talks, rallies, and interviews. Special Education advocate, Miss Shuganah, provides a “place where educators and parents can find shared language and common ground,” at Educollab. A blog for teachers who “are frustrated by the day to day drama that gets in the way of our interactions with children,” authored by a teacher.

Teaching English Using Web 2.0: Ann S. Michaelsen is an administrator at Sandvika vgs, a high school in Norway. On her blog, she shares education news bytes, technology-infused lesson plans, and much more.

Job sites

Gaijin Pot: Job listings and cultural guides for expats looking to live and work in Japan. Literally means “”

Teach NYC: A step by step guide to working in NYC public schools, complete with links to recruitment fairs and the New Teacher Finder database. Worldwide EFL and ESL job listings.


Khan Academy: Instructional videos on various subjects; mainly math and science, but also history.

Kibin: An online community where people can get free editing by their peers.

Nuvvo: Online learning communities connecting educators and learners.

Welcu: Organize a high-end event with your students.

You Tube Edu: More than 125,000 instructional videos from universities and independent institutions.