The Internet has made life easier for many people that are working in various professions. It has given teachers a way to connect their classrooms with the world around them in a way they never could before. While once teachers were restricted to certain types of research such as local area resources, books, and other area teachers, today teachers have the ability to find information and ideas from around the world to enhance their classrooms.
If you are teacher that is working on the primary school level, you may be looking for information on a wide variety of subjects. The more resources you have means the more ways you can entice your class to learn in new and interesting ways. You want to find the best primary resources available. With that in mind, here are the ways to find exactly what you are looking for.
- Search for General Resources. Just looking up the term, 'Primary Teaching Resources' or 'Primary School Teachers Resources' is going to immediately bring up a number of sites that are worth checking out. Some of these sites will offer free resources like worksheets and pre-made lesson plans while others will give you information about how to use these resources as well as have links to multiple other sites you can go to for teaching advice, games, and ideas for creating lessons.
- Search for Specific Resources. If you are looking for a specific type of resource (art, science, math, etc), you should not have much of a problem finding plenty of resources online. However, if you are only looking for one subject, you should search for that specific subject. If you list 'Primary Teaching Resources' but you only want art resources, it may take you longer to find them. This is because you will have to weed through all the other links of resources that are available through your search.
- Free Lesson Plans and More. Take advantage of the free lesson plans and worksheets that are available on the Internet and in the teacher's manuals provided by your school. If you are not overly fond of the lessons you find, but they are on the subject or lesson you are looking for, you could easily adapt them to suit your needs by keeping the information but changing the objectives or method.
- Request and Share Information with Fellow Teachers. If you are looking for ideas off of the Internet, try sharing resources with fellow teachers. Some good brainstorming sessions could easily supply a wealth of usable information for everyone involved. Depending on the classroom setting, you could take advantage of your alliance with fellow teachers and create group class projects by working together with the other teacher and her classroom. Things like this will not only help you come up with new ideas, but they will allow you to create new methods of teaching with the fellow teachers of your school or grade.
- Take Advantage of Free Resources. Libraries, newspapers, and educational videos often provide new ideas to use in the classroom. While finding these ideas may take some time, it should not take you any longer than using the Internet. This is especially true if you know what it is you are looking for specifically. Just remember to take your time and if you find something close to what you want, though it is not perfect, you can always adapt it for your classroom students.
- Look through the Book Offerings. Educational companies send schools and teachers their books, teaching guides, and curriculum supplements through the mail in hopes the school or teacher will want to purchase them. You do not always have to purchase these things for the entire class to make use of the resources these books offer. You can make copies of pages in workbooks, student books, and gather ideas for teaching similar topics in their current books through the teaching guides.