Hi All -
Here are a few sites to jump start your school year.
A few reminders about the Friday 5 list:
A) I try to publish a thematic list of useful web sites each week. Sometimes I annotate entries, but this depends on how busy I am. To subscribe to the list, visit http://groups.google.com/group/friday5. Archives are browsable, too.
B) You can also read the Friday 5 in my blog: http://lucygray.org.
C) If you have an idea for a theme, email your suggestions to me.
D) If you'd like to be a special mystery guest and submit a list for the group's perusal, also email me and we'll discuss a potential topic and date. Last year, we enjoyed lists on everything from Google Sketchup and Architecture (Fred Bartels) to digital scrapbooking (Rae Niles and Marianne Handler). Thanks to everyone who joined in!
On to this week's list.....
1) Beloit College's Annual Mindset List
When I was a student at Beloit, this annual tradition was nonexistent. The list is now 10 years old, and is designed to give faculty of a cultural sense of the incoming freshman class. You can look at del.icio.us's history of who has bookmarked this site, and the user notes crack me up. Nearly all the comments are on how this list makes people feel old. Do you remember when car windows used to roll down? ( ADEs who were on the global awareness trip last summer should note #1 on the list!)
2) Chalkboard Message Generator
This is an entry from the Generator blog, which lists a gazillion types of fun generators. Here, you can put a custom message on a chalkboard graphic to use in a blog, web site, or presentation.
3) Classroom Organization and Set Up - Tips for Classroom Organization
4) Librarians' Picks: Back to School
Here's a good bibliography of school related titles from the Ann Arbor public library.
5) Free Stuff for Teachers
This site is a little heavy on worksheets for my taste, but there's a ton of practical stuff to be found here.
6) Proteachers Ideas Back to School Ideas