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Dr. Joanne Meier

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Resources to be thankful for

November 23, 2010

This week in America, we reflect on the things we're thankful for. In my professional life, there are many blogs and website resources for which I give thanks:

A top-notch researcher and evidence-base hawk over at LD Blog. If you're looking for current, evidence-based research about kids and adults with LD, John's blog should be your starting point.

As a former teacher and Mom to two kids in Virginia schools, I'm grateful for Open Wide, Look Inside, a blog about teaching elementary math, science and socials studies, with a heavy emphasis on the integration of children's literature across the curriculum. Each post is tied to specific Virginia Standards of Learning, and includes a list of children's books and websites for teachers and kids on a specific topic. I've shared many posts with teachers at our local school, and they always rave about the resources.

Many teachers share their craft online. I'm amazed at the online resources that are available today. Much of it is shared with a generous spirit and desire to help other teachers who may be struggling or who are still learning. Angela Bunyi's blog through Top Teaching is an example of a teacher who shares what seems like every handout, resource, and video clip she needs to carry out interesting lessons.

There are many, many other teachers who create online resources. An effort to list any would be futile and would, undoubtedly, leave out many great ones! Nevertheless, a quick scan down my (many) RSS feeds includes blogs such as Raising Readers and Writers and Two Writing Teachers.

And of course, I'm grateful to YOU for visiting Reading Rockets and my blog. If you have any resources you're grateful for, please share them below!

PS: Have you seen Scholastic's virtual field trip to Plimouth Plantation? (Not a typo, watch and learn!)


I'm not a teacher, but I think that this website could use a bit more than it already has. It gives a lot of examples on different kinds of class activities and how to go about them. But it doesn’t offer any videos or pose any activities that teachers can follow to help improve their methods.

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