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Unit of Instruction Resources

How to Make Your Questions Essential

Ten Reflective Questions to Ask at the End of Class

A Giant List of Really Good Essential Questions

44 Prompts Merging Reflective Thinking with Bloom's Taxonomy

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

The 40 Reflection Questions

Edutopia's Research Reviews: Resource Roundup

Incorporating Bloom's Taxonomy into Your Lesson Objectives 

Wheel of Instructional Objectives

Model of Learning Objectives

Spark Critical Thinking by Asking Students Essential Questions

Infographic: Marzano's 9 Effective Instructional Strategies

Using Technology to Make Essential Questions an Essential Part of Your Instruction  

What are Essential Questions?

Strategies for Reflective Assessment

Teach 21 Strategy Bank

Strategies to Enhance Student Self-Assessment

Promoting Student Self-Assessment

15 Great Tools for Lesson Planning

Strategies for Reflective Assessment


Professional Development Plan Resources

8 tips for Reaching Out to Parents

27 Ways to Increase Family Involvement in the Classroom

5 Apps to Creatively Connect with Parents



Standard One:  Content knowledge and perspectives aligned with
appropriate instruction.

Indicator 1.1:  Content knowledge and academic language

Doing It Differently: Tips for Teaching Vocabulary

Marzano's 6-Step Vocabulary Process

8 Strategies for Teacing Academic Language

4 Good Visual Dictionaries for Teachers and Students

11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Vocabulary

3 Digital Tools for Common Core Academic Vocabulary

10 Dos and Don'ts for Teaching Vocuabulary in Any Content Area

Haiku DeckFree App Builds Academic Vocabulary

Response: Many Ways To Help Students Develop Academic Vocabulary 

STAR Legacy Module  (Content Standards)  – click on the challenge button to begin

Curriculum Redesign 

Indicator 1.2:  Cognitively engaging students in subject matter – deep thinking


Inquiry-Based Learning

5 Useful Places to Find Online Lesson Plans


Standard Two:  Understanding and Encouraging Student Learning,
Grown and Development

Indicator 2.2:  Sets and monitors student goals.

Teaching and Modeling Persistence: Setting Goals

Teaching Students to Set Actionable Goals in Easy Steps

Indicator 2.4:  Meeting the needs of every student 

Addressing Our Needs: Maslow Comes to Life for Educators and Students

Creating More Compassionate Classrooms

Simple Ways to Cultivate Happiness in Schools

Emotion is What Makes Students Tick

Two Helpful Resources on Social Emotional Learning

10 Things Your Students Need From You

The Emotional Atmosphere of a Classroom (video)

Research: How SEL Classroom Management Techniques Build Academic Achievement

Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning


Standard Four:  Teaching for Critical Thinking

Indicator 4.1:  Instructional strategies leading to student problem solving
and critical thinking

10 Critical Thinking Activities Students Will Love

5 Fun Alternatives to Think-Pair-Share

Bloom's Taxonomy: Teacher Planning Kit 

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to use in Class

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

Tons of Resources for Teaching Critical Thinking to Your Students

Using Webb's Depth of Knowledge to Increase Rigor

Todd Whitaker's Twitter: #WhatGreatTeachersDoDifferently

Teaching Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking

4 Steps to Making Rigorous Discussion a Routine

Deeper Thinking for the Common Core

Incorporating Bloom's Taxonomy into Your Lesson Objectives

Striving for Higher-Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge

Critical Thinking Rubric for PBL -  Middle & High School (CCSS Aligned)

Critical Thinking Via Infographics

General Principles for Assessing Higher-Order Thinking

9 Strategies to Improve Your Students Thinking Skills

A Model of Learning Objectives

Three Steps to Critical Thinking

Planning for Critical Thinking : A 5-Step Model

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

Prompts That Get Students to Analyze, Reflect, Relate, and Question

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating

Bloom's Taxonomy Apps - A Great Resource Section for Teachers

Q & A Collections:  Instructional Strategies

Critical Thinking on the Web

4 Ways to Start Using Active Learning in the Classroom

20 Reflective Questions to Help Students Respond to Common Core Texts

Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

249 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs for Critical Thinking

Useful Web Tools to Integrate Digital Blooms Taxonomy into Your Teaching

Interesting Graphic Featuring 30+ iPad Apps for Bloom's Taxonomy

25 Critical Thinking Strategies for the Modern Learner

Integrate iPads into Bloom's Taxonomy with this 'Padagogy Wheel'

Teaching Students to Dig Deeper

10 Practical Ideas for Better Project-Based Learning in Your Classroom

25 Top Concept-Mapping Tools for Visual Learning

What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?

10 of the Best Free Curriculum Resources for Teachers

4 Teaching Tips for More Effective Direct Instruction 

How to Create a Rubric that Does What You Want It To

The Best Resources for Helping Teachers use Bloom's Taxonomy in the Classroom

The Differentiator

Using Bloom's Revised Cognitive Domain to Improve Instructional Practice

Research Based Instructional Strategies

Inquiry Charts

I-Search Papers

Socratic Seminars

Power My Learning 

Indicator 4.2: Appropriate use of instructional Resources to enhance student learning

Access More Than 1,000 Socrative Quizzes Sorted by Subject

COMMONLIT is a collection of poems, short stories, news articles, historical documents,
and literature for classrooms.

cK-12 Website for Teacher Resources

Using Google Forms Instead of Worksheets

8 Engaging Ways to use Technology in the Classroom to Create Lessons That Aren't Boring

The Public Domain Project Makes 10,000 Film Clips, 64,000 images & 100's of Audio Files


Wonderful Resources to Integrate Technology in Your Classroom

Purpose Games - Create Online Review Games

This is How to Automatically Grade Quizzes Using Google Forms

OpenEd: World's Largest Educational Resource Catalog

Optimal Video Length for Student Engagement

How to Build Powerful Tech-Infused Lesson Plans

6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

Teachers' Favored Web 2.0 Tools

Keeping Students Focused While Using Technology

App Suggestions for Learning Activities in BYOD Classrooms

6 of the Simplest Ways Teachers Can Embrace Technology

3 Rubric Makers That Will Save You Time and Stress

New Padagogy Wheel Helps You Integrate Technology Using SAMR Model

Best Video Cites for Teachers

A Handy Guide to Everything Teachers Need to Know about Edmodo

24 Essential iPad Learning Tools from Edshelf 

20 Ways to Integrate Bloom's Taxonomy Into Your Powerpoint Presentations

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About

Resources for the iPad

5 Tools for Creating Your Own Infograhics

15 Excellent Apps for Learning

11 Must Have iPad Apps for Teachers

A Good iPad Fluency Graphic for Teachers

7 Wonderful Google Docs Tutorials for Teachers

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology

Critical Thinking and Technology

80 Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom

46 Tools to Make Infographics in the Classroom

Digital Storytelling: Get Creative with the Common Core

Indicator 4.3: Cooperative Learning

10 Dos and Don'ts for Group Work & Student Grouping

Try Azendoo to Organize Group Projects


Standard Five:  Creating a Positive Classroom Learning Environment

Indicator 5.1:  Motivating and engaging students

An Epic Guide to Student Engagement in the Classroom

27 Ways to Promote Instrinsic Motivation in the Classroom

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

7 Proven Strategies That Will Help You Engage Your Students

7 Simple Ways You Can Help Students Pay Attention In A Traditional Classroom 

Teach Like Your Conducting a Symphony:  8 Student Engagement Tips

Are You Not Entertained? How to Build a Dynamic Lecture

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

"Why Do We Need to Learn This?"

Connecting with Students on the Fringes

Are Your Students Engaged? Don't Be So Sure

Attention, Teachers! Why Students are Bored

Choice Equals Power: How to Motivate Students to Learn

10 Ways to Get Students Engaged

A Must See Visual Featuring the 5 Levels of Student Management

Good Time: 4 Ways to Reawaken Student Engagement

Six Strategies that Motivate ALL Students to Participate

Real-Life Experiences Boost Student Engagement

5 Ways to Open Up Learning & Engage Students

Five Key Strategies to Get/Keep Kids Engaged at School

Q & A Collections: Student Motivation

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

3 Ways to Intrinsically Motivate Learners

Cracking the Behavior Code

The Definition of Intrinsic Motivation

The 6 Key Drivers of Student Engagement

Start With Why:  The Power of Student-Driven Learning

Student Debate Deepens Thinking and Engagement

Question & Answer Collection on Student Motivation

27 Ways to Increase Student Engagement in Learning

My Best Posts on Motivating Students

3 Easy Ways to Engage Students with Technology

25 Tricks to Improve a Boring Lesson for Improved Student Engagement  

Activity Speaks Louder than Words: Improving Student Engagement

How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

STAR Legacy Module (Helping Students Become Independent Learners)

TED Talks to Spark a Conversation 

Indicator 5.2:  Managing time, space, transitions, and activites

New Teachers: Classroom-Management Fundamentals

How to Begin Each Day on the Right Classroom Management Foot

Refocusing Students: How to Get Their Attention Back

How to Create Effective Homework

14 Teacher-Recommended Classroom Management Apps

The Best Questions to Use for Class Closing Activities--What Are Yours?

Bell Ringer Excercises

Indicator 5.3b:  Establishes a secure teacher-child relationship

Do's and Don'ts of Classroom Management: Your 25 Best Tips

Pinterest: Classroom Management Tips

Classroom Management: The Intervetion Two-Step

27 Classroom Management Startegies to Keep Things Fresh

4 Timeless Elements of Strong Student-Teacher Relationships

7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

Inside Classroom Management: Ideas and Solutions

Watch a Clasroom Management Expert

Q & A Collections:  Classroom Management Advice

60 Ways to Connect with Your Students

Do You Like Your Teacher?

Classroom Management Strategies for Difficult Students:  Promoting Change
Through Relationships

A Really, Really Well-Written Set of Classroom Rules

Classroom Management Strategy: Here are Three Things I Want. What are Three
Things You Want?

More Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Mangaement Tips

8 Classroom Management Tips from Google

STAR Legacy Module (Behavior Management Plan)- click on the challenge button to begin


Standard Seven:  Use of Student Assessment Data to Analyze and
Modify Instruction

Indicator 7.4:  Effect of instruction on individual/class learning
– formative assessment

10 Exit Slip Prompts that Will Work for Any Class

8 Frequent Sources of Formative Assessment Data

Beyond Exit Tickets: 11 Fresh Formative Assessment Strategies

10 Things You Don't Know About Formative Assessment

Formative Assessment: The Right Question at the Right Time

Using Exit Tickets as an Assessment Tool

60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

Twenty Creative Ways to Check for Understanding 

12 Steps to Creating a Successful Redo and Retake Policy

5 Fanstastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

5 Strategies for Formative Assessment

A Visual Chart on Summative VS Formative Assessment

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Teachers May Need to Deepen Assessment Practices for Common Core

Moves You Need to Make

Do You Check for Understanding Often Enough with Students?

A Handy Chart Featuring 8 Ways to do Formative Assessment

Creating a Formative Assessment System

Exit Slips

Quiz Socket- A Simple Feedback Tool for Teachers and Students

Every Day in Every Classroom

Questions and Answers About Formative Assessment

The Stoplight Method: An End-of-Lesson Assessment

22 Easy Formative Assessment Techniques for Measuring Student Learning

Hit the Mark with Digital Media Exit Cards

Rethinking Whole Class Discussion

Create Multimedia Presentations and Quizzes in Edmodo

What is Formative Assessment?

10 Tools for Creating Class Puzzles and Quizes

5 Great New Web Tools For Creating

EQuizShow: An application which allows teachers to create a quiz show to
help students
prepare for exams or assessments

Making Formative Assessment Transparent

Formative Assessments Are Easier Than You Think!

26 Teacher Tools to Create Online Assessments

12 Stragegies for Critical Assessment

The Best Resources for Learning About Formative Assessment

How to Create a Test That Grades Itself Using Google Forms

Designing Assessment Using the Power of Google Forms

7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect for Classrooms  

10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds