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Unit of Instruction

Professional Development Plan

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Resources compiled by Mr. Scott Cook & Mrs. Trish Johnston


Unit of Instruction Resources

How to Make Your Questions Essential

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

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

What are Essential Questions?

Promoting Student Self-Assessment

15 Great Tools for Lesson Planning


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

8 Strategies for Teaching 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 Vocabulary in Any Content Area

Haiku DeckFree App Builds Academic Vocabulary

Response: Many Ways To Help Students Develop Academic Vocabulary 

Curriculum Redesign 

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


Inquiry-Based Learning


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

Indicator 2.2:  Sets and monitors student goals.

Teaching and Modeling Persistence: Setting Goals

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)

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

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

Teaching Strategies to Promote Critical Thinking

4 Steps to Making Rigorous Discussion a Routine

Incorporating Bloom's Taxonomy into Your Lesson Objectives

Striving for Higher-Order Thinking and Depth of Knowledge

Critical Thinking Via Infographics

General Principles for Assessing Higher-Order Thinking

9 Strategies to Improve Your Students Thinking Skills

Three Steps to Critical Thinking

Planning for Critical Thinking : A 5-Step Model

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

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

Q & A Collections:  Instructional Strategies

Critical Thinking on the Web

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

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

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

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

6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

Teachers' Favored Web 2.0 Tools

App Suggestions for Learning Activities in BYOD Classrooms

A Handy Guide to Everything Teachers Need to Know about Edmodo

24 Essential iPad Learning Tools from Edshelf 

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

80 Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms in the Classroom

46 Tools to Make Infographics in the Classroom

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

27 Ways to Promote Instrinsic Motivation in the Classroom

Strategies for Helping Students Motivate Themselves

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

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

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

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

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


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 Fun-Filled Formative Assessment Ideas

10 Exit Slip Prompts that Will Work for Any Class

8 Frequent Sources of Formative Assessment Data

Formative Assessment: The Right Question at the Right Time

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

Do You Check for Understanding Often Enough with Students?

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

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

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

10 Assessments You Can Perform In 90 Seconds