Am I the only one that geeks out on research? Journals, blogs, videos, twitter, newspapers, websites...you name it. I LOVE to comb through it to find something valuable. Unfortunately, my reality as a classroom teacher was that there was never enough time to really delve into the way that I wanted. I think that is why I love hearing, "Can you help find information about ___________?" as an instructional guide. Like someone from a cartoon detective show, you can bet "I'm on it!" After all, supporting others is what I am all about!
I like to start places that I know have a broad range of information. Here are two of my go-to starting points:
- Educational Leadership by the ASCD- I love this publication because it mailing is centered around a topic. If a teacher is interested in personalized learning, teaching citizenship, alternate grading practices, inclusivity, etc. I know that Educational Leadership likely has a publication on the topic which makes for a great starting point.
- AMLE Magazine by the AMLE- As a middle school instructional guide, a grade level specific publication gets at the needs of my staff because let's face it...middle schoolers are weird (and so are those who choose to teach them ;))
If the teacher is hoping for something more content specific, I am always impressed with the journals published by the professional organizations related to the content like the NSTA or NCTE examples: The Science Teacher or English Education.
If I am still not finding enough information...then I go to twitter and google because the access to professional knowledge is out of this world through both of those sources. I am amazed that simple questions can yield amazing results as we connect with others.
What are your favorite resources? Please share ideas below!