Links of Interest

Wordle (www.wordle.net)
Students can create collages based on their learning. Students can also type in journal entries into the wordle to create a collage and visually see which words get used more often. The more often a word is entered, the bigger it gets!

Partnership for 21st Century Skills (www.p21.org)
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs (Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation).

Teachable Moment (www.teachablemoment.org)
This website offers teachers timely lesson plans to help students access current events in the United States and the world. An added bonus--the website has sample document-based questions to help students prepare for high-stakes testing such as the advanced placement history test or the United States end-of-course test. The website offers teachers step-by-step suggestions for implementing the lesson.

Edutopia Resources and Downloads for Critical Thinking (www.edutopia.com)
This website contains a number of downloads for helping you to teach critical thinking in your classroom. These lessons and rubrics are shared from other teachers, so they are some tried and true methods!

Assessment Capable Learners (www.blendingmylearning.com)
Assessment capable learners have an effect size of 1.44--that's over three years! This website will help you understand what those learners are and how you can cultivate them in your classroom.