Classroom Tools

Are you overwhelmed? You’ve come to right place! Here you can grab a lesson plan; exchange classroom tips; join an online community; improve your skills and knowledge; fund a project for your students; plan your Read Across America celebration; and get help with your first year of teaching.

Three Classroom Apps to Prioritize Your Day

As teachers, we juggle an exhausting schedule of parent conferences, administrative tasks, and specialized student needs. We take work home evenings and weekends and are often forced to choose between family and job. Here are some tools that energize teaching by making the rest of your life simpler. Read more 

Global Learning: tools and approaches

Curious how you can bring global competence to the classroom? This resource introduces participants to key ideas and methods for connecting their classrooms with the wider world.

Classroom activities, advice and more

Stumped for a classroom activity? We can help. In addition to featured, calendar-based ideas and advice, you can search by topic through the archives. Read more

Classroom tips

Our resource library offers hundreds of archived ideas for your classroom, searchable by keyword.  Read more

Websites for teaching and learning

Websites for classroom resources or your own professional development. Read more

Celebrate and promote reading

NEA’s Read Across America is a national celebration of reading that takes place year ‘round! Check out our recommended titles and ideas for celebrating reading: Read Across America

Join NEA360, our online community

Exchange ideas, ask for advice, and share resources with more than 4,000 of your colleagues. Read more

Online learning: you choose the topic and the time

Online learning for your life with NEA Professional Learning: It’s quality professional development on your terms in real time. Read more

Make your dream come true with an NEA Foundation grant

The NEA Foundation offers Learning & Leadership Grants and Student Achievement Grants — $2000 for individuals, $5000 for group projects. Many TSTA members have funded projects for their students and for their own professional development through this great resource. Read more

Get help managing your classroom

Read classroom management tips, connect with your peers, and ask questions of a classroom expert at this site. Read more

Professional resources

Find links to state agencies and governing boards, accountability, certification, and more here. Read more

Holocaust Remembrance Week

Senate Bill 1828 introduces a statewide Holocaust remembrance week, typically observed in January. The bill requires the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission to develop or vet materials for district use in Holocaust-related instruction during this week. The commission has approved all items listed on its website.

African American History Month

 February is African American History Month. This web portal, a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and other similar groups, provides teacher and student resources as well as links to other resource-rich websites that support instruction on African American history.

Study the Constitution with Ease

The Library of Congress just launched a new website that assists with the teaching and learning of US constitutional law. With advanced search tools and modern, user-friendly interface, the site makes the 3,000 pages of the annotated Constitution fully searchable and accessible for the first time to online audiences, including teachers and students.