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The Source for Learning The Source for Learning is a not-for-profit company offering teachers, students, and parents the web’s best collection of learning resources. SFL publishes TeachersFirst.com PreschoolFirst.com GrowUpLearning.com SFLMedia.com TeachersAndFamiles.com
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SFL has become a “go-to” expert on the productive use of technology in K-12 and early childhood education—not only video but the web, blogs, wikis, and more. Our web-based services offer thousands of learning resources daily to educators, parents, and students across the U.S. and internationally. The scope of our content and our audiences continues to expand.

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10/30/2014

The Source for Learning

The Source for Learning, Inc. Celebrates 35 Years http://conta.cc/1tCVmaY
10/29/2014
The Source for Learning, Inc. Celebrates 35 Years

The Source for Learning, Inc. Celebrates 35 Years http://conta.cc/1tCVmaY

On October 24, 1979, a retired engineer with a passion for learning and a vision for the future met with a small group of colleagues in Williamsburg, VA to sign the articles of incorporation for National University of the Air. Shortly thereafter, the name became The Network for Instructional TV - a…

TeachersFirst Update - July 29, 2013 http://conta.cc/12fyra1
07/28/2013
TeachersFirst Update - July 29, 2013

TeachersFirst Update - July 29, 2013 http://conta.cc/12fyra1

This year there are ninety-nine days from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with only a fraction of them actually "summer" for teachers. As we move into the final month of summer's unofficial ninety-nine days, be sure to spend at least ninety-nine hours (or minutes?) storing up some summer sunshine and res...

TeachersFirst Update - June 24, 2013 http://conta.cc/ZH3oAy
06/23/2013
TeachersFirst Update - June 24, 2013

TeachersFirst Update - June 24, 2013 http://conta.cc/ZH3oAy

Life in the summer is different, but never slow. You have probably shifted your routine a bit, but teachers are always busy, even when school is out. Find time in your summer routine to do a little proactive planning, discovering new timesavers and inspiration from TeachersFirst. You will appreciate...

TeachersFirst Update - June 3, 2013 http://conta.cc/11bLwv6
06/02/2013
TeachersFirst Update - June 3, 2013

TeachersFirst Update - June 3, 2013 http://conta.cc/11bLwv6

You know how you feel when parents don't show up for conferences? The Thinking Teachers at TeachersFirst occasionally feel the same way, knowing that thousands and thousands of you use our site without ever talking with us. As you wrap up your school year or start your summer, we are still here doin...

05/28/2013

Gettysburg by the Numbers - New from SFL - Just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg - and perfect for family summer trips or in-class use: http://www.gettysburgbythenumbers.com

TeachersFirst Update - February 18, 2013 http://conta.cc/Ytj2Lj
02/17/2013
TeachersFirst Update - February 18, 2013

TeachersFirst Update - February 18, 2013 http://conta.cc/Ytj2Lj

This week may bring you a holiday, make-up days, snow days, or winter break, depending on where you teach. It is also our week(end) to celebrate presidents of the U.S. Even if you do not teach about presidents, you teach about leadership every day. You teach about making plans, setting goals, and ta...

TeachersFirst Update - February 4, 2013 http://conta.cc/U3sOW9
02/03/2013
TeachersFirst Update - February 4, 2013

TeachersFirst Update - February 4, 2013 http://conta.cc/U3sOW9

It's hard to believe that we pay so much "attention" to what a groundhog does at dawn. We would be better off watching what our students do as they stumble out of their burrows each morning. Do they see a shadow of something that makes them curious? Perhaps curious enough to wake them up as thinkers...

Why not have MacArthur-style "genius awards" for teachers?http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/2012/10/05/time-for-m...
10/05/2012
Think Like a Teacher » Time for MacArthur Teaching “Genius” Fellowships

Why not have MacArthur-style "genius awards" for teachers?
http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/2012/10/05/time-for-macarthur-teaching-genius-fellowships/

The annualannouncement of the MacArthur Fellowsthis week generated the usual media blitz about a fresh batch of surprising, creative, and potentially influential people stashed in little-known pockets and corners. Dubbed, “genius” awards by the media, these grants recognize “individuals who show exc...

TeachersFirst Update - July 30 2012 http://conta.cc/O2wvYG
07/29/2012
TeachersFirst Update - July 30 2012

TeachersFirst Update - July 30 2012 http://conta.cc/O2wvYG

The world has convened in London for two weeks of competition in the Olympic spirit. Millions of us watch, fascinated by the effort and dedication of these individuals as they reach the pinnacle of athletic achievement and of international sharing for a brief moment in time. Coming in "first" may ac...

New from our TeachersFirst editor: "Sixth Sense: Culture Alarms:"http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/2012/07/22/six...
07/23/2012
Think Like a Teacher » Sixth Sense: Culture alarms

New from our TeachersFirst editor: "Sixth Sense: Culture Alarms:"
http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/2012/07/22/sixth-sense-culture-alarms/

Recent revelations about Penn State and its fabled football program leave me with many questions about roles, adults and children, authority figures, and more. Most of all, as an educator, I think about the decisions that are at the core of education, decisions about how we prioritize our attention ...

TeachersFirst Update - June 11, 2012 http://conta.cc/L5euJo
06/10/2012
TeachersFirst Update - June 11, 2012

TeachersFirst Update - June 11, 2012 http://conta.cc/L5euJo

Calling all dads! Not only are men in the minority on most school faculties, your special day (Father's Day) can get lost amid graduations, last day of school, departure for the beach, and simple end-of-school exhaustion. During this week leading up to your day, drop a few hints about how the rest o…

TeachersFirst Update - May 28, 2012 http://conta.cc/KxEJGC
05/27/2012
TeachersFirst Update - May 28, 2012

TeachersFirst Update - May 28, 2012 http://conta.cc/KxEJGC

The unofficial beginning of summer has arrived, and the swimming pools are open. Some schools are out, and many more  end soon. If you are reading this Update within a week of its release, you are a dedicated teacher indeed! Enjoy your long weekend and take a deep breath. You deserve it.

TeachersFirst Update - May 21, 2012 http://conta.cc/KbqBjB
05/20/2012
TeachersFirst Update - May 21, 2012

TeachersFirst Update - May 21, 2012 http://conta.cc/KbqBjB

May is a curious combination: a burst of special events, concerts, and field trips (if there is funding) juxtaposed with the teacher edition of Survivor!  As you try to stay awake and afloat, TeachersFirst can toss you a life-preserver. We are always here, free and ad-free.

TeachersFirst Update - May 14, 2012 http://conta.cc/IJb6TQ
05/13/2012
TeachersFirst Update - May 14, 2012

TeachersFirst Update - May 14, 2012 http://conta.cc/IJb6TQ

Mama, Mom, Mother, Mommy, Mum, Ma'am, Ms. Smith... whatever they call you, you are a caregiver for a large part of your family's and your students' lives. This Mothers Day, we celebrate you for the motherly nurturing, listening, and sculpting you do in the lives of many young people at home and at s…

TeachersFirst Update - May 7, 2012 http://conta.cc/JgufJb
05/06/2012
TeachersFirst Update - May 7, 2012

TeachersFirst Update - May 7, 2012 http://conta.cc/JgufJb

Thank you, thank you, thank you. It is teacher appreciation week. We certainly appreciate our fellow teachers. If you are reading this, you are probably taking a little extra time to help your students learn just a little more or make more connections between "school stuff" and the "real world." The…

Happy Birthday TeachersFirst! How far you've come...http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/2012/04/26/snapped-in-a-box...
05/01/2012
Think Like a Teacher » Snapped in a box: a story of teaching and tech

Happy Birthday TeachersFirst! How far you've come...
http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/2012/04/26/snapped-in-a-box-a-story-of-teaching-and-tech/

From a dusty basement into the palm of my hand comes the story of TeachersFirst, snapped into a plastic case. As one usually impatient to have “archives” of anything important in electronic format, I will attempt to share the feel of this artifact with you virtually. What I cannot convey is the stu...

04/06/2012
Source for Learning, Inc: News

SFL Survey: How educators feel about school readiness -
http://www.sourceforlearning.org/news.cfm?newsid=72

Reston VA – Rigorous expectations for young children often push inappropriate academic content into early education programs. That is one of the results of a new survey on perceptions of school readiness prepared by The Source for Learning (SFL, sourceforlearning.org) and the National Head Start As...

Thoughts on considering something new...http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/2012/03/23/technology-aversion-the-all-...
03/27/2012
Think Like a Teacher » Technology aversion: The all mac and cheese diet

Thoughts on considering something new...
http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/2012/03/23/technology-aversion-the-all-mac-and-cheese-diet/

Five year olds don’t like to try new foods. Some are unwilling to touch a food simply because it is green or “looks funny.” If it does not look like macaroni and/or cheese, the five year old mouth clamps closed. Fortunately, with a little coaxing, that stubborn little macaroni man will grow out of t...

TeachersFirst Update - March 19, 2012 http://conta.cc/wokhYv
03/18/2012
TeachersFirst Update - March 19, 2012

TeachersFirst Update - March 19, 2012 http://conta.cc/wokhYv

The first day of spring is Tuesday, March 20. You could have fooled many of us in the eastern U.S. We have been having spring off and on since January. The up and down weather does not make it easy to focus on the annual rite of spring: testing. Don't forget to use TeachersFirst's keyword search to …

03/07/2012
Teacher Survey | MetLife Foundation

Met Life Foundation's new Survey of the American Teacher pays close attention to one of our favorite topics: the important relationship between classroom teachers and the parents of the students they teach. While some of the news is good, the stats on plummeting teacher job satisfaction are troubling. You can read more about it here:
http://www.metlife.com/about/corporate-profile/citizenship/metlife-foundation/metlife-survey-of-the-american-teacher.html?WT.mc_id=vu1101

This Teacher survey, conducted by MetLife, examines issues and trends affecting the nation's K-12 schools.

TeachersFirst Update - February 27, 2012 http://conta.cc/yPMDXN
02/26/2012
TeachersFirst Update - February 27, 2012

TeachersFirst Update - February 27, 2012 http://conta.cc/yPMDXN

March arrives on the wind this week, and we are simply blown away by all the activity at TeachersFirst. We feel a bit wind-tousled, but we hope all the ideas that are whipping around will power your classes as you sail ahead.

06/17/2011
Source for Learning, Inc: News

TeachersFirst 3.0 is here!
http://www.sourceforlearning.org/news.cfm?newsid=64

Reston-based non-profit The Source for Learning, Inc., [SFL] has released a major upgrade to TeachersFirst.com, its free web site for K-12 teachers. TeachersFirst 3.0 includes an improved user interface, new features for teachers who have a free TeachersFirst membership, quick access to the most pop

05/31/2011

Signs of things to come...

It's the week before MOVING DAY at TeachersFirst. We have everything sorted and labeled and ready to move into our new “home” at our same address. Through the miracles of technology, we will be able to welcome you with an instant house-warming in just a few days. We hope our excitement is contagious. We can't wait to greet you!

Watch this space; we'll give you a tour in a few days!

04/15/2011
Think Like a Teacher » Attic Cleanout: Teachers and Technology Retrospective

Look what we found in the attic!!
http://blog.teachersfirst.com/thinkteach/2011/04/15/attic-cleanout-teachers-and-technology-retrospective/

I recently combed through thousands of pages on TeachersFirst’s servers in preparation for the launch of TeachersFirst 3.0. I whirled as thirteen years of teaching with technology rewound in a few clicks. Yes, we have revised our site several times since 1998, but we have never cleaned out the attic

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