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While I am working as a teaching assistant at TCU this semester, I get the opportunity to teach a few different lectures to the junior block of undergraduates. Next week, I am conducting an hour long session (within the 2.5 hour class) about different available resources available and how to be a critical consumer.

It wasn’t until I started preparing this lecture that I had a long opportunity to really think about it. I mean, really think about it. It is a bit concerning that amount of information that is available on the internet now days and how naive people just take it for word. I think that is my biggest conceern. Just taking it as is with no quetions asked.

For this lecture (very loose term), I plan to have the students go out and investigate the different resources themselves and report back to me what they found and how it can or even should be used. Then I am going to give them examples of activities that I have found on the internet and have them critique them as well.

I hope this will make them more aware of the things that are out there and how they can adapt them into the good tools that we know should be used for teaching children.

Teaching Resources


For those teachers who haven’t heard of Teachers Pay Teachers (, I highly recommend you check it out! This website is basically an idea exchange for teachers who are out in the field, selling and sometimes giving away items that they have used with their own classrooms. Each week, I get an email with 10 free activities that are given away. I go to the website and download the ones I want. You can also search and purchase any additional materials. (If you download the free versions, it is polite to leave a comment on how well it worked in your classroom). The awesome thing is that the money goes to actual teachers and not huge publishing companies.

If you have some great ideas, log on, create a site and post your work.  Who knows, you might get a little extra for the stuff you already have created! If not, don’t reinvent the wheel- log in and try it for yourself!

Guided Reading Notebook


As part of my graduate studies, I am working on putting together a reference notebook for the undergraduate future teachers to have as a resource in their classroom. Remember, this notebook is aimed at the lower grades, K, 1 or 2. So far I have the following in the example notebook:

  • List of DRA / Fountas and Pinnell and AR reading Level comparisons
  • Uppercase/Lower case letter recognition sheet (Fountas and Pinnell)
  • List of the most common 100 High-Frequency Words (Fountas and Pinnell)
  • Blank Running Record Form
  • A coding Running Records Cheat Sheet (list of all the coding marks) (Fountas and Pinnell)
  • Guide for Observing and Noting Reading Behaviors (Fountas and Pinnell)
  • Prompts to Support the Use of Processing Strategies
  • List of Processing Strategies
  • Guided Reading Lesson Plan Template
  • Blank Paper for anecdotal notes
I am being very selective in what I include because I don’t want to overwhelm them with too much information. Baby steps!

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