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December 12, 2019

Free Lessons: Exploring the Top Resources of 2019

The Share My Lesson staff shares what stood out this year and what we're excited for going into 2020. Looking for free lesson plan templates? We got you.

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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 youour AFT Share My Lesson membershave 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.

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.

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