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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Common Core Standards

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We will be incorporating some Common Core elements into our website. The shift to the Common Core actually moves teachers away from individualized worksheets and more into groups and connecting students to technology and resources where interaction is required. Well, at least that's how I would think deeper concepts and interaction with texts would best be taught.

Let's be realistic --doing some worksheets may not require engaging in deeper critical thinking! The Common Core classroom is more than students sitting at a desk doing a worksheet.

So, how do we use the worksheets as part of a new and engaging process?  Do worksheets still have a role in the classroom?  If so, what encourages the learner to experience learning on a deeper level and how can that be reflected in our worksheets?

 As all good things, worksheets in the world of education are changing. Let's explore together how that must happen.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Newsletter/Site Update Email

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Our first newsletter/update email is about to be sent out. If you haven't signed up, you should. Here's the link: Extraworksheets.com Mailing List

While our goal is a "monthly" newsletter, I have yet to actually get it out every month. So don't worry, --I don't believe you will be overwhelmed with information. :)

Want to help?! . . . . I am on the search for newsletter content. I would love input and ideas. Note that our theme here is "free" so don't send me to a place where you are giving me one "free" worksheet and "buy" more. The "free" needs to be significant.

If you have a great site with FREE worksheets and resources for teachers, email me and get it in our newsletter. Write a little paragraph about how/why you started the site, or how/why you found the site and use it.

Mobile-Friendly Feedback

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Google's new "mobile friendly" check claims we aren't as mobile friendly as we should be. While I don't think Google always has the best ideas, they do heavily influence my ability to get traffic to this site. I hope to revise a few things. Surely some of you are surfing on your phone or tablet, looking for quick resources. I'd love to have comments/feedback.

What aspects of "mobile friendly" are important to YOU, my viewers? (think about screen size, navigation options, being able to read the text).