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Educator Resources   Tags: adults, educators, k-12, teachers  

Find library services, lesson plans, professional development options and teaching advice for teachers (Pre-K to 12).
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Professional Guides & State Standards

Academic Content Standards
Call Number: 379.158 ACA (Parent/Teacher Collection)
A series of books that cover the following subjects: English/Language Arts, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Technology.

Requirements for Certification of Teachers, Counselors, Librarians, Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools
Call Number: 371.12 REQ (Adult Reference)
Provides contact information for government agencies that handle teacher certification and licensure, as well as requirements for teachers, school counselors, school/library media specialists, superintendents, etc.

Online Collections

Don't forget to get out your library card for these; you're going to need it!

  • ERIC
    ERIC provides full-text and citation information for thousands of magazines & professional educator journals. (Choose All Databases then click Choose Databases next to the search bar to access ERIC.)
  • Online Collections for Kids
    Why not suggest these databases for students doing research? From pro/con papers to simple encyclopedia articles to in-depth science materials, these sites offer something for everyone.
  • Teacher Reference Center  
    Search for articles in over 260 titles from teacher and administrator trade journals, periodicals and books.

Public Performance Rights & eVideos

Enhance your curriculum by using downloadable videos with public performance rights.

Note: All videos can be downloaded from the Ohio Digital Library using your Westerville Library card number.


Websites for Homework Help

Browse websites that can help kids who are struggling with homework assignments. Find more suggested websites.

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Library Services for Educators

Assignment Alerts
Are your students working on a big assignment, project or research paper? We can help by gathering books, websites and other useful resources on the topic. Interested? Fill out this form.

Book Talks
Want to encourage your students' interest in reading? Invite a librarian to visit your school for a book talk. Fill out this form.

Educator Cards
Are you an educator living or working within the Westerville City School District? If so, you are eligible for an educator card. This card will provide you with special borrowing privileges designed to help you make full use of the library's resources. Find out more.

Ellison Die
Educators can reserve the use of the library's Ellison Die machine during regular library hours. The Ellison Die machine can be used to cut paper into shapes for bulletin boards, nametags, crafts & more. To schedule your session, contact us.

Group Visits
Want to schedule a library visit for your classroom? Fill out this form.

Interlibrary Loan
Did you know that if we don't have a title available, you can request it from another library? Place a request through OhioLINK or SearchOhio.

Library Link
Don't have time to stop at the library to pick up books? If you work at a participating school, you can have books delivered you. Find out more.

Parent/Teacher Collection
Did you know that the library has a whole collection of books for teachers and parents? Browse through our Parent/Teacher Collection for books about everything from how to teach math to how to read aloud to kids. (Located in the Youth Services department.)

Reading Levels
You can search the library's collection based on Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts or Lexile reading levels. Find out more.

Test Proctoring
Have a student who needs to take a makeup exam after school hours? Find out more.


Books about Teaching & Education

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First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher
Call Number: 371.102 WON (Adult Non-Fiction)
Find out how to set the tone of your classroom during the first days of the new school year. Topics include positive expectations, classroom management, lesson mastery and becoming a professional.

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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk
Call Number: 649.1 FAB (Adult Non-Fiction)
Though this is geared toward parents, it is a great resource for anyone working with children. Check out the teen edition too!

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T.E.T. Teacher Effectiveness Training
Call Number: 371.1024 GOR (Adult Non-Fiction)
This book covers topics about the teacher-student relationship and how to deal with conflict in the classroom.

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Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire - Rafe Esquith
Call Number: Adult Non-Fiction 370.1 ESQ
An inspiring road map for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about the future success of our nation's children. - Publisher's Description

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Teaching Outside the Box
Call Number: 371.102 JOH (Adult Non-Fiction)
Get tips for the first week of school, creating positive discipline plans, motivating students, grading and more.

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Unauthorized Teacher's Survival Guide
Call Number: 371.1 WAR (Adult Non-Fiction)
Covers topics such as fitting in with staff, building rapport with students and parents, preparing for extracurriculars, setting up the classroom, managing stress and time, etc.


Websites about Teaching & Education

Websites about teaching in Ohio, complying with academic standards, earning teacher certification and more!
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Websites about Lesson Planning

Websites about creating lesson plans.
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Magazines & Reference Materials

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Facts on File binders (series)
Call Number: Copies do not circulate.
Looking for diagrams, definitions or supplementary worksheets for your next lesson plan? Check out this series. Each binder covers the basic concepts on topics such as life sciences & American history. Binder inserts are easy to pull out and photocopy. Example handouts include a diagram of the structure of the sun and step-by-step instructions on how to replicate the greenhouse effect.

Guide to Free Curriculum Materials (book series)
A directory of websites offering free lesson plans or other related materials for classroom instruction. For elementary, middle and high school instructors.

Instructor (magazine)
Published by Scholastic, this magazine offers ideas for lesson plans by grade level, suggested websites and more!


Common Core eBooks


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