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EducationWorld Honors Charity Preston

With 2012 coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to review some of highlights of the year. And when looking back, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to honor the efforts of one of our dedicated EducationWorld Community contributors, Charity preston

One of the founding members of the EducationWorld Community, Preston, who writes The Organized Classroom Blog, has consistently provided Community members with useful, high-quality resources and inspiring blog entries. We celebrated her work with our 2012 Top Educator Blogs list. Now, for your PD and instructional pleasure, we’ve collected some favorites among Preston’s Community resources and blog posts. Enjoy them throughout the school year!

Charity Preston’s Top 10 EducationWorld Community Resources

  1. Independence Day Activity Pack – Why offer just one classroom activity for July 4th? Celebrate the birth of America with this tremendous resource.
  2. March Journal Prompts – Coming up with writing ideas can be tough for even the most creative teacher. This list makes it easy.
  3. Beach-Themed Exit Slips – Everyone loves the beach, and now when students are leaving the room, they can do it with an island flair.
  4. Minimize Grading Time eBook – Time is the one thing a teacher never has enough of, so save some of it with this awesome educator resource.
  5. Free Supply Labels – Finding decent labels is time-consuming, which is why these are totally worth downloading.
  6. Black History Month Postcards – Here’s another great writing activity--these postcards are easy to print and use.
  7. Math Poke-a-Fact – You’ll love this practical and handy math printable.
  8. Differentiated Spelling Menu – This spelling sheet is a great way to incorporate diverse learning styles.
  9. Teaching Blog Traffic School Free Lesson – Don’t let the whole social media phenomenon pass you by, this resource will get you up to speed on using Twitter in the classroom.
  10. Directions for Making a Classroom Bag – Here’s a clever step-by-step for making a bag out of a hand towel.

Charity Preston’s Top 10 EducationWorld Community Blog Posts

  1. Spelling Awesomeness – Get ideas from the TBA Super Spelling Ideas Workshop, a great review and tips shared by fans of The Organized Classroom Blog.
  2. Grades 3, 4 and 5 Free Files – While these files are geared to the upper-elementary grades, many could be adapted and used as differentiation pieces. 
  3. Math + Dice = Super Learning Fun – MathDice is super simple to play and explain. It can be played individually, in pairs, or in small groups. 
  4. Take Time to Check Out the Books – Each of these books contains a CD that has the story in song format, along with a track of just the lyrics. Both are very cute and have catchy tunes.
  5. Economical Dry Erase - Want to know how to make these? You have to watch the video posted along with this blog post.
  6. Super Easy Assessment – Everyone can use a few new assessment ideas. Get great ones here.
  7. Get Your Free Fundraising eBook Now – Find great fundraisers that can add a few extra dollars to your classroom budget.
  8. Elephants in School? – Do you think elephants in school are a good idea? If you’re intrigued, check out this post.
  9. Zipping Desks Solution – Looking for a way to help those desks stay put? Read about this brilliant solution.
  10. Flowers in the Classroom – The project-based activities outlined in this post encourage higher-level thinking. Use them to challenge students.

Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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