Free Lessons and Resources of 2019: What Stood Out?
We love end-of-year lists, but especially this one. Thanks to all the downloading, rating, and reviewing and sharing you–our AFT Share My Lesson members–have done, we now know what ranked as the top resources of 2019. Take a peek!
These top free 2019 resources highlight a general interest in high-quality content that spans the curriculum, but also touches on the day-to-day of instructional strategies, classroom management procedures and building students' growth mindset.
Notable is the interest in current events topics like the climate crisis, gun violence, voting rights, immigration, impeachment and the 2020 Census, as well as several connections to social emotional learning, developing empathy, and finding ways for students to be the changemakers of tomorrow.
Here are a few highlights.
- Lessons from SML Members. These top-notch gems exemplify the breadth and depth of SML. Check them out–you shared and used everything from LGBTQ inclusion lesson ideas to computer systems primers to learning about early humans.
- Lessons from SML Partners. While the AFT Science Cadre collaborated on innovative lesson design to bring engaging content for the new film The Aeronauts, Christopher Templeton’s lesson plan on Wars and Why They Exist is the top of the top with the most SML member interactions.
- Blogs. Our most-read blogs of the year were our mega summer reading list compendium and recognizing the unsung heroes of our schools: paraprofessionals and school support staff.
- Webinars. Barbara Blackburn and Julia Thompson each had webinars that were spectacularly attended on Differentiating Instruction and Working Successfully with Defiant Students, respectively. You can watch them now for free; check with your school and district to inquire about professional development credit.
- News Lessons. Top issues for our teachers this year focused on the heartbreaking and contentious events at the US-Mexico border (via Re-imagining Migration), the announcement that impeachment proceedings (via PBS NewsHourExtra) would commence and a deeper discussion on racist language (via PBS NewsHourExtra).
- New Collections. Curated collections feature some of the most robust and useful resources our digital lead, Ami Turner DelAguila, can find. These new collections created this year are no exception, filled with resources you can’t miss, on topics like teaching about 9/11, computer science and digital literacy, as well as our annual professional development event of the year, the 2019 Virtual Conference, available on demand.
Free Lessons and Resources: What's the Overall Ranking Look Like?
Want to know what the top overall lessons were for this year, including high-quality content from years past? Here are some clues: content partners like the AFT Science Cadre, Operation Respect and ADL shared the resources. Find out more here.
If you haven't tried these easy-to-implement resources, yet, now’s the time to plan for 2020. Thank you to all of our Share My Lesson members and partners! Here’s to more amazing resource-sharing and professional collaboration in 2020. Cheers!
What do you think we missed this year? Comment below and let us know.
Susan Goldstein Youssofi is the marketing lead for AFT’s Share My Lesson, having joined the team in 2012. Before that, she did marketing for PBS TeacherLine’s professional development courses and the PBS LearningMedia site. Prior to that, she was at ASCD, formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, helping to promote and disseminate professional development resources for teachers. She holds both a master’s degree in English literature and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. Youssofi is passionate about helping educators find the resources and support they need to save time, grow professionally and help students succeed academically, as well as in their hearts, minds and bodies. She believes teachers have one of the most important jobs there is, especially for our collective future. Since working at the AFT, Youssofi’s interest in supporting social justice causes and civil rights initiatives has only intensified. To borrow a phrase from activist and film director Spike Lee, she believes we should all “do the right thing.” You can find her on Twitter @Susan_szq222.