Exemplary Classroom Websites!

Exemplary Teacher’s Websites

What makes a good classroom or course website? Are you thinking of starting your own (I think you should be, it is invaluable for students and their learning)?

I just spent a wonderful 3 cups of coffee morning, browsing through a lot of websites of other teachers. Looking for resources but also gathering info. on how to set up a site and what makes a good site. So many great sites out there.

I belong to a community where I am one of the “Teachers in the Trenches” and give advice, guidance to preservice teachers in teacher’s college. I’ve collected some of the websites mentioned/talked about as being “exemplary”. Browse when you have the time and you’ll get lotsssssss of ideas. Great, backdoor look into what is happening in other classrooms.

I also recommend taking a browse at Teacher’s Web. Just start your search here and find classrooms/teachers in your part of the world. See what they are doing. Invaluable for your own ideas/development as a teacher. Also try Moodle sites and search the whole world and find out how teachers are using moodle (an open source courseware application) to make their classrooms Web 2.0 friendly.

Happy hunting.

David

My classroom web site is http://www.opencourtresources.com it doesn’t look exactly like a classroom web site because it has contributions from teachers across the country. I started it as a way of sharing with another first grade teacher at my school and it’s grown exponentially since then.
My favorite teacher web site (besides mine) is
http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/ there’s just a lot of stuff going on and because there is lots of work by students I’m sure parents visit.

I’m a teacher in a 5th grade inclusion class. My co-teacher and I combined our names to create the South Paris Collaborative. Here is our web site: http://herricks.org/webpages/spcollaborative/ This is our blog site http://classblogmeister.com/blog.php?blogger_id=88116

Some of my favorite websites: Great teacher resources for teachers
http://tappedin.org/
http://classroom20.ning.com/profile/Teeneelove
http://discoveryeducatornetwork.com/
http://www.brainpop.com/
http://www.unitedstreaming.com/

Alicia, http://english_studio.blogspot.com/

Susan,
http://www.protopage.com/maaganim

Mrs. McDavid – Muscogee County School District http://www.ourclassweb.com/

Mrs. Reed – Richardson Elementary School http://www.richardsonelementary.org/reedbkschool.html

Mrs. Hayes – Christian Center School http://www.cceschool.org/hayes/

Mrs. Brannon’s Busy Bees http://teacherweb.com/CA/LaVorgnaES/MrsBrannon/
I really liked that this website had so many features on it. The first thing that is so important is having class rules posted so the parents can see them; she has these listed under the Top Ten link. I thought the Wish List link was very creative. It just lists simple things the students need in the classroom. The last thing I loved about this website was the Tips for Parents. She went in and listed tips for them to help their child with reading at home – which is SO IMPORTANT!!

Team Newingham http://hill.troy.k12.mi.us/staff/bnewingham/myweb3/
This teacher makes movies in her class and has links for pictures of them behind the scenes and links to download the movies they create. The theme of her website is Team Newingham. She has pictures of all of the students in racecar uniforms to put up on the site (first names listed only). It is so cute! The last thing I really enjoyed about this website was the Technology link. The 3rd grade students use laptops as often as they can, so she has placed links in for projects that they use the laptops for. One example is Virtual Shopping Spree…It’s great!

Mrs. Lowe’s Class http://schoolweb.missouri.edu/poplarbluff.k12.mo.us/lowe/
This website included podbytes (podcasts) with the students doing different activities. Another thing I liked was they are using a classroom blog! The parents also have a link to go in and see what they’re children are blogging. I also like how the teacher has listed presentations she has given, her website nominations, as well as links to other educational websites that the parents can go in and browse through.

http://www.sms.sevier.org/%7Ebriansmith/

This is Brian Smith’s home page. He is a sixth grade Science teacher at Sevierville Middle School. The things that I like about his page are the wonderful, interesting background, the bright bold lettering, and especially the links to other important sights on the internet. The Terra Nova link at the top of his page takes you to a very useful sight that has games and reviews and lessons tied to every standard and every grade.

http://www.powayusd.com/teachers/cweidetz/

This is a combined website that two kindergarten teachers have together. The sight has very catchy background music, bright colors, and big push buttons for the kids to interact. Some of the buttons tell a story when pushed; others help the student email another classmate. There is a link to a newsletter and parent’s guide here along with a monthly calendar. There are also links to other fun, safe sights for the children to visit.

http://mrsstahlheber.com/
Mrs. Stahlheber is a third grade teacher. Her background music is kind of distracting but her page is nicely decorated in a fall theme. It is up to date with today’s date on it. There are class pictures of the kids doing fun things and a scrolling list of all of their names. She has a photo show on there that shows all kinds of pictures with captions on them. This is a great added touch. She has the student’s homework assignment on the page and links in every subject among many other things. Check this one out!

Ms. Anabella’s First Grade Class http://firstgradeonline.com/index.html

So Cute! Ms. Anabella has the website laid out in a very organized way. Everything is simple and neat. She also has it “decorated” in such a cute way. She has a place where her students can go to work on math facts, spelling words, and any other homework. She has a place for instant message or email. She has a parents’ corner which holds all of her policies, discipline plans, letter, tips, and much more. This, I think, is a great website.

Mr. Miller’s Class
http://www.powayusd.com/teachers/gmiller/

Another cute one! Mr. Miller made a website that kids would like to look at. Most of the information on the website is for the parents. There is a website that parents can take the students to help them with math. He has an area for the homework and a way for parents to reach him. He also made it simple and neat. He also has music going while your looking around.

Mrs. McDavid’s Class
http://www.powayusd.com/teachers/gmiller/
Mrs. McDavid created a home page with a school on it. When you click on the door of the school you then, go into the “classroom.” When you go into the room she has a link for parents, students, teachers, blogs, curriculum, homework, classroom, and more. It seems she has everything! Another cute one!

A colleague of ours on Classroom 2.0, Nancy Bosch, edits wonderful blog/websites that her students produce and those she produces for educational purposes. All these websites are listed within this Shawnee, KS portal website, Broken Arrow Enhanced Learning Center.

http://quest.carnegiefoundation.org/~dpointer/jennifermyers/index.htm

Not a very flashy site, but very informative. I am interested in being an effective teacher in reading and writing especially. I found the information on this site to be very useful. More of a site for other professionals that for students or parents. I think I will use it for my reading corrections class.

http://www.mrsswafford.org

A very inviting and wonderful site. It has a lot of information for parents and students. She has a very impressive resume. The normal homework an d calendar but other neat stuff.

http://teachers.emints.org/mathysl/index.html
This site gets your attention and keeps it. There are lots of neat things for kids. I added it to my del.i.cous site. I think my fourth grade daughter would love it. I recommend taking a look. I loved the learning games.

Mrs. Tonnessen’s First Grade Class http://www.home.att.net/~etonn/firstgrade.html

I loved the way she has her website set up. It is easy to follow and find things. I also love the fact that she puts her units on the site that way parents and other teachers can look to see what she is doing. I love the theme and colors she uses. It is very grasping and very first grade!

Mrs. Lynch’s First Grade Classroom
http://www.kllynch2000.com/

This website is very organized and is easy to explore. I love the fact that she explains classroom procedures and puts the daily schedule for everyone to view. She puts things, such as sight words, on her page so that parents can work on them with their children. She even put her portfolio on the website so parents and others know more about her credentials. How awesome is that? I love her site and hope to one day have one similar!

Mrs. Weyher’s Kindergarten Class!!
http://www.mrsweyhersclass.com/kindergarten.htm

This site is the best out of the ones I have looked at. It has music in the background is very visually appealing. It makes me want to explore and visit it more than one time. I love the way she uses the site to communicate with parents about what the class is doing and needs that they have, such as certain supplies. She has set up the site it be easy to access and it keeps parents informed about what their children are doing.

Here is the link to my website:
http://www.usd367.k12.ks.us/webpages/wwelch/

I try to use my website to support the subjects I am teaching in my classroom. If you click on the classes link on the left side, the links to my class sub pages will appear. I am working on integrating the message board into some lessons to try and get the students to discuss and respond to each other, that is still a major work in progress. The blog is so I can lighten the mood by posting whatever comes to mind on certain days. There are videos of class, student projects, and the T-Shirt Tuesdays special (recognizes the funny t-shirts I see throughout the week and the kids eat this up).

http://www.mrfamasclass.com/

I liked this web page because it listed the weekly homework assignments and due dates. He also is putting up printable homework sheets in case the student loses or forgets them! What a great idea…no more excuses! It also linked to the school’s website and video and to other websites he likes. Even though he didn’t have anything in some links (first fieldtrip) it did open and you can see the format that he intends to use. Good planning ahead!

http://wt2.cherokee.k12.ga.us/collins.trott/default.htm

Wow! This one has all the bells and whistles. Mrs. Trott shares her ideas, lesson plans, and photos of everything on this website. I got some great organizing ideas and lesson ideas from this website! You just have to see this one.

http://www.isd361.k12.mn.us/teacherwebsites.shtml

This is the website for International Fall, Minnesota and in it you can click on a teacher’s name and go to their individual website. I particularly liked Mr. Casareto’s site. He has a puzzle of the week that is interactive and once you solve it an interesting fact pops up. He also has a video clip of the week and live animal cam from the Minnesota zoo! I like these ideas.

Mrs. Kennedy’s Fifth Grade http://teachers.emints.org/fy05/kennedyb/

I found this classroom website and I instantly liked it. The colors are very subtle and the page is not to busy. I also liked the links that are listed on the first page. There are also other links listed behind these. I like how she put the agenda link on the home page and from that link you can select the day of the week you would like to view. If your child was sick, you could look at this to see what homework he or she has for that day. I also like the class info link because under it there are several links like classroom supplies, spelling lists, and the schedule. When you clink on a second link, another page pops up with the information such as spelling word lists. I like this website because it is very simple but yet very informative.

Ms. Taylor’s Third Grade Inquires
http://schoolweb.acsd14.k12.co.us/ectaylor/

I thought this was another good website. It is not as colorful as Mrs. Kennedy’s website but the content and structure is good. I like it because the first page is not busy and it is very simple to navigate. It also has a link for podcasts which I am very excited about. Another thing I like about this website is that is has a link for student blogs. I think this is an excellent way for students and parents to communicate with the teacher and each other. It also has extra learning links on the home page.

Mrs. Thonus
http://mrsthonus.com/

This website took awhile to load which is not very good but I like the way she has some of her links set up. She has a lot links on her home page and this could be why it takes a little longer to load. One of the things I liked about her website is that she has little pictures beside the links. For example, she has a little calculator for math and a globe for social studies. I also like the fact that she lists all her units and you can click on these units and it takes you to another page with information about what the students will be learning. I also like the links for quizzes and slide shows. This teacher really has a lot of information. Take a look at this website!! I think everyone will find something useful.

www.theteachercorner.net

I like this website because it shares thematice units, lesson plans, worksheets and other resources. It is very easy to get around and the lessons are not confusing and they are meant to be used for elementary classes.

www.theschoolbell.com

I love this website because it gives teachers monthly ideas to help them out. The website is really cute and helpful. She gives other websites that you might want to use for certain things such as: science lessons, theatic units, or fun things to do!

www.teachingfirst.net
This website is too cute! Mainly for teachers who want to or are teaching first grade. I love this website because it is what grade i want to teach and it has helpful hints from a number of teachers not just one. It has suggestions about word walls and worksheets. You can choose from a number of different teachers to look at.

http://www.mrfamasclass.com/

I really liked the bright and contrasting colors of this site. It made it very easy to see. I also liked all the pictures…they even downloaded very quickly, they were just there. I liked how he had a link to the school district and links to classroom materials, such as homework.

http://teacherweb.com/PA/WyomingValleyWest/MrsMiller/h5.stm

I also liked Mrs. Miller’s First Grade website. I liked the background and the graphics. I also like how the leaves followed my mouse around. I also like how she keeps things updated. The list of links to different pages was also a plus on this website. The list remained on the left no matter which page you clicked on. This was helpful since I didn’t have to go back to the main page to click on area.

http://teachers.olathe.k12.ks.us/~skabrielce/
I liked Mrs. Kabriel’s class website also. I liked her background and how she put a secondary background to ensure you could see all her links. I like how she added a link to email her. She also added many classroom materials that are beneficial to have. One thing I noticed on her site that I did not see on others was an introduction tab for herself. I think this is very beneficial for students and parents who get onto her website.

http://washington.usd489.com/teachers/sdemel/
http://www.pickens.k12.sc.us/hesteachers/laboonac/Web%20Pages/homep…

http://www.richardsonelementary.org/reedbkschool.html

I thought all three of these websites were good because they are helpful to both parents and students. The students can find games to play at school or at home and the parents can stay involved and know what their children are doing in the classroom. I thought all three were easy to navigate and user friendly!

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Teacher trainer, technology specialist, educational thinker...creator of EFL Classroom 2.0, a social networking site for thousands of EFL / ESL teachers and students around the world.

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