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Teaching From a Distance?

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  We have ideas to help you teach from a distance! Writing poetry can be a wonderful outlet for students to express their emotions, with the added benefit of providing a diversion from the stresses and worries of current events. Students who submit online are provided with an email confirmation that contains the contents of their poem. They could then forward this email to you as proof of completion, to serve as a means of accountability and for grading purposes. (If they also provide your email address at the time of submission, you will automatically receive a copy of the confirmation.) If this is something of interest to you, our annual student poetry contest is accepting entries through the deadline of April 30th. You can enter your students now!

  In recognition of our teachers' hard work and dedication, we also wanted to remind you that once again, we will present a total of 10 "Top Educator Awards."  When you indicate full class participation on your teacher submission form you will be eligible to win 1 of 10 new laptop computers or tablets and a "Certificate of Excellence" for framing.


    With many school closures taking place, we understand there are questions and concerns about the impact this may have on students, and what can be done by teachers and parents to help. Some of the major concerns include: helping to create an engaging environment during online learning, helping students get support, despite lack of resources, providing accountability, and helping students connect and sustain work independently, among others. Teachers have been working together through Facebook Groups, Twitter hashtags (#virtualschool), and shared Google Drives. We have compiled a list of these resources, and it can be found below.

If you are aware of any other helpful resources, please email us at so we may add them to this list.


Facebook Groups:


Google Drive:

  • "Online Teaching Suport Group" created by Mike Flynn, Director of Mathematics Leadership Programs at Mount Holyoke College and author of Beyond Answers.

Math Resources:

  • New Perspectives Online: A online resource for teachers of students from K-6 to learn to engage their students in math.

  • Desmos: Provides online tools for students to visualize math problems, create interactive tutorials and play math games.

  • CoolMath4Kids: Students from kindergarten to grade 6 can practice basic math such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using games, quizzes, and other fun activities. They also created Cool Math for students aged 13 and up.

  • ST Math: An instructional program that aides in the understanding of math. 

  • Calculators For KidsTeach Children Math Using These Free Online Calculation Tools

  • Pigly: The Complete History of Calculators for Kids

  • HomeAdvisor: The Educator’s Guide to Applying Real-World Math: 15 Resources with over 100 Lesson Plans

  • Chowhound: How To Teach Science and Math In the Kitchen

  • Annuity: How To Teach Kids About Money

  • MoneyGeek: An online resource for teaching kids about compound interest. You don't want to miss out on their free
    Compound Interest Calculator found here.

  • The Simple Dollar: How To Budget For a Home: An Interactive Workbook for Teens

  • Expensivity: Money and Finance Lessons for Homeschooling

  • Play Free Online Math Games For Kids

  • Money games for percentages, decimals, and more!

  • Madison Trust Company: Financial Literacy For Beginners

  • Finance Charts: Retirement Calculators, Financial Planners, & Stock Market Tips

  • World's Most Puzzling Unsolved Math Problems

Science Resources: 

Reading & Writing Resources:

  • Amazing Educational Resources: Provides a list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to schools closing.

  • A non-profit organization that can be used to focus on reading comprehension for students in kindergarten to grade 12.

  • BeeLine Reader: An online tool focusing on reading ability. Email for a free account!

  • Dreamscape: Students in grades 2-8 can learn literacy skills through these fun games.

  • Teaching English LearnersWhat Classroom and Content Teachers Need to Know About English Learners, developed and compiled by: Carol Striskovic, Linda Wait and Jill Kramer

  • TeachThought: Teach Students To Research Without Google

  • GrammarCheck: An online tool "to check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation mistakes."

  • Grammica: "Check your grammar, spelling & punctuation errors."

  • Website Planet: FREE Printable Books for Early Reading

  • Plagiarism Checker: When in doubt, cite it!

  • Internet Advisor: The Student's Internet Research Guide

  • Excel High School: The Writing Lab

  • The America Library of Poetry Student Poetry Contest: A student poetry contest that is open to school age children enrolled in grades 3-12, including tutored and home schooled children. Entries from the Student Poetry Contest are judged in four divisions: grades 3-5, grades 6-7, grades 8-9, and grades 10-12, with winners announced each year on September 30th.
    The following video can be used to teach students how to write a poem, which they can then enter on our website by clicking here.


These free resources are intended to be helpful to teachers and families.

We are not responsible for the content of external sources.

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