There comes a point in teaching when you run out of steam. The work just seems to pile on. Keeping up with reports, grading, lectures, and field trips is daunting. All of this activity can affect your lesson plans, lectures, and patients. I’ve discovered some wonderful resources that have saved me from having a meltdown.
Dropbox: This site is like a virtual hard-drive. You can upload large presentations, papers, and readings that are too large to send via email. Dropbox is particularly useful when a powerpoint presentation is too large for sites like Blackboard or Moodle. Once you’ve created an account, you simply upload files which can be accessed on any computer by logging in. The best part? You can create folders and then share them with colleagues or students. Access can be either public, by invitation, or private, so your files area always safe.
TES: This British site is a global repository for teachers to share lessons and assignments. After creating an account, you have access to over 600,000 resources. Teachers from around the world share content they have personally created. I have consistently found wonderful handouts and ideas for student assessments on this website.
Paper Rater: This is a site that helps you check for plagiarism. It is intended for student use before submitting a paper, but can help with endless grading. Many universities are using similar programs to check for plagiarism. If your school doesn’t offer this type of technology, Paper Rater is worth subscribing to to help your grading efforts.
If you have additional resources that help with lesson plans and grading, please leave a comment!