This website provides a teacher with a great variety of games that could be used during the lessons. It is a well-known fact that games play a major role in young children’s’ education, thus, the website is very helpful. Moreover, there is also the ‘Print zone’ where a lot of printable materials are available.
2. http://www.allexperts.com (Education category)
This site is a real treasure for teachers. Not only can it provide them with a number of online sources which might very useful for lesson preparation, but there is a forum for teachers as well, where they can read some comments regarding teaching techniques and choose the best one.
This is an amazing website where one can find exactly what they need – there is an option to choose the age of schoolchildren and, consequently, the appropriate exercises are offered. What is more, wonderful lesson plans can be found there. Obviously, it will be much easier for a teacher to prepare a lesson if they have a good lesson plan to follow.
The above mentioned website opens a nice opportunity for teachers to get RSS emails with the newest ways to teach schoolchildren language arts. What I liked about this website the most is that it has been designed for both – children and teachers. In such a way it is a good source for teachers and an interesting website of games and tasks for children.
This website is perfectly structured and it allows you to find necessary information very fast. In fact, this is a great database of various materials that are helpful for teachers. Furthermore, a lot of materials can be downloaded (like images, videos, handouts, exercises, etc) and they could definitely help children learn the language arts easily and with fun.
1. Which website was your favorite? Explain why.
http://www.primarygames.com was my favorite one because I consider games to be the most quintessential activity when teaching children. Thus, all the variety of games represented on that website is a perfect way to make a child interested and at the same time learn language arts very quickly.
2. List 5 interesting facts that you learned about language arts and young children. List one fact from each website.
a) I learned that you can find a lot of other useful websites just being on one website.
b) Games is the most important and effective part of the teaching-learning process when talking about the young children.
c) Teachers can easily find already prepared lesson-plans and use them as the basis for their lessons.
d) There are such forums where teachers can share their experience regarding young children’s teaching and choose the best way to teach them language arts there as well as resolve any problems that might occur.
e) Computer games are not necessarily harmful and useless – there are some that can help a child acquire perfect knowledge of language arts.
What do you think was the purpose of this assignment?
The purpose of this assignment was to realize how helpful some Internet sources might be in teaching and how to use them efficiently.
What did you learn through participating in this assignment?
I learnt that small kids’ teaching requires a great variety of activities in order to let them acquire language arts. The only place where you can get all of them at once and choose the best out of numerous variants is the World Net.
What was the most valuable achievement(s) through doing this assignment?
I’ve discovered a lot of useful websites and materials for teaching schoolchildren – all these will be of great help for me when teaching kids.
What was the greatest strength(s) you brought to this assignment?
The greatest strength I brought to this assignment is that I’ve found out few websites which are enormous databases of other teaching –related websites and materials. Generally speaking, it is like finding millions websites and sources in one.
What was the greatest challenge you brought to this assignment?
The greatest challenge is to choose the best source out of millions of others. This requires a lot of concentration and experience in kids’ teaching.
How could this assignment be designed to better support your learning? Is there anything you would like to change about the assignment?
I would like to add one more task – to choose the most effective and modern activities and exercises from the Internet sources and to try them out during a real lesson of language arts.
Based on the Rubric, how would you grade your work?
I feel that I earned 48 points on this assignment because my paper is well-edited in APA style, all my answers are clear and understandable and I’ve been very honest and analytical when answering the questions. Perhaps, some of them are not as extended as expected, but all in all I tried to do my best.