Web site creator: Laura Candler, E. E. Miller Elementary School, Fayetteville, North Carolina
"Over the years I've created many blackline activity masters for my classroom," fifth-grade teacher Laura Candler told Education World.
"I created my Web site as a way of sharing the activities and ideas with other teachers outside my district."
, a Milken Educator Award winner, mom, and 20-year teaching veteran, loves exchanging ideas with other educators.
learned how to create her
activity sheets as Adobe Acrobat PDF files, she
became intrigued with the idea of creating an online file cabinet of her
"The purpose of the site is to offer helpful teaching strategies and to save teachers time," Candler
"When I make up a new activity sheet or graphic organizer, I immediately wonder if other teachers might find it to be useful, too.
If so, I add it to the file cabinet.
"Another purpose of the site," Candler
continued, "is to promote the use of cooperative learning strategies in the classroom.
I'm constantly trying to promote these techniques because I believe in them and I know they work."
The File Cabinet section of Candler's Web site contains hundreds of formatted blackline masters.
These include her
favorite activity sheets, graphic organizers, cooperative learning strategies, and management tools.
Literary Lessons offers ideas for implementing literature circles in the classroom.
The Book Shelf provides free sample activities taken from books written by Candler
that utilize Dr. Spencer Kagan's model of cooperative learning.
receives a constant flow of e-mail from educators who have borrowed from her
"I love to hear from teachers who have implemented a strategy and found it to be successful," she
hopes to add more materials as she
creates them for her
Visitors who subscribe to her
Teaching Resources Update List receive notification when the site is updated.