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using resources
Resources in the Classroom
• Effective teachers know their jobs are nuanced. Providing quality
instruction relies on several factors, including having appropriate classroom
resources, items and other sources used for instruction.
• For example, Martin has a large classroom library with many types and
levels of books, ensuring all students have an opportunity to find a text on
their interest and developmental level. Where does Martin get his
classroom resources?
• While some are provided by the district and school he works for, many
others are ones he found independently or gathered from other
professional resources.
• We can categorize classroom resources in three ways:
1. Resources used by students in the classroom that enhance instruction
2. Resources found outside the classroom that boost student learning
3. Resources used by teachers to develop professionally
Learning resources include:

• Textbooks (print and • Apps • Study guides

digital) • Websites • Teacher guides
• Workbooks • Software • Labs
• Worksheets • Online courses • Models
• Manipulative (blocks, • Activity books • Movies
beads, etc.)
• Flashcards • Graphic novels • Televisions shows
• Educator workshops • Reference books • Webcasts
• Non-fiction books • DVDs • Podcasts
• Posters • CDs • Maps
• Educational games • Magazines & periodicals
• In 21st Century Learning, we support the development and delivery of
quality learning resources in all media, across all ages, for all
educational settings.
• We acknowledge that students can’t learn from one type of
instructional material alone and believe that it’s the educators,
parents, and administrators who can best determine what content
will be effective for learners.
• Supplemental resources help teachers differentiate instruction and
engage students who, for whatever reason, need enrichment beyond
the core classroom material.
• Resources for formal learning must be accurate, evidence-based,
objective-driven, and designed to engage today’s students and
teachers as well as aligned to state, district, and curriculum standards.
• Informal learning resources must still adhere to quality content and
design standards as well as providing a meaningful education
Characteristics of Good Teaching Aids
1. Teaching aids are large enough to be seen by the students for whom they
are used.
2. Teaching aids are meaningful and they always stand to serve a useful
3. Teaching aids are up to the mark and up to date in every respect.
4. Teaching aids are simple , cheap and may be improvised.
5. Teaching aids are accurate and realistic.
6. Teaching aids are according to the mental level of the learners.
7. Their purpose may be informative but it is not just entertainment.
Teaching aids helps in realization of stipulated learning objects.
8. Teaching aids are really very useful and can be used in many lessons and
at different class levels.
9. Teaching aids are useful for supplementing the teaching process but they
cannot replace the teacher.