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3 Great Classroom Websites for Inspiration

By Beth Newingham on February 7, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

While there are a ton of great “teacher resource” websites that provide teachers with printables, lesson plans, books, etc., my favorite websites are those created and maintained by practicing teachers. Many of you are familiar with my classroom website, but have you visited the classrooms below?

Mr. Coley: This 5th grade teacher is very high tech, and so are his students! His class keeps a daily blog and a Room 34 Book Blog as well. They also have their own podcast, called Coleycast.  Recorded by students, each broadcast highlights exciting things they are doing and learning about in their classroom. There are links and lesson ideas for all subject areas. This is a "must-visit" site!

Mrs. Renz: This 4th grade teacher has an extensive teacher resource section where you will find links to all of her favorite websites for many subject areas and her favorite online teacher tools. She also provides lists of websites with great SMART Board files and literacy resources. Perhaps the most fun is looking at her "Student Projects" section with photos and ideas from this school year and previous ones.

Laura CandlerThis teacher has been teaching for 29 years and continues to maintain an amazingly comprehensive website with teaching resources geared toward the upper grades. You will find tons of free printables in her online file cabinet for all subject areas. She also has a Teaching Strategies section where you can watch Webinars related to Reading and Writing Workshop, math centers, cooperative learning, and classroom management. You must check it out for yourself!


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