Sometimes just getting started with a task is the hardest part. Where do you begin? How do you organize all of your ideas in a way that others can understand?
Templates can help with that.
Templates can guide teachers as they design great lessons or activities. They are also powerful tools to use with students, helping them organize their thoughts and ideas.
So where are the best places for finding great templates for teachers? And how can we use templates with our students?
During a weekly #DitchBook Twitter chat, we discussed these questions and more. The #Ditchbook community did not disappoint as they shared tons of great templates and ideas for using them in your classroom.
22 must-have templates for teachers
Below you will find 22 must have templates for teachers and students. Be sure to check out our templates library to see tons of our Ditch That Textbook templates along with our Templates Pinterest board full of even more resources.
Did you know that Google has many ready-to-use templates for Docs and Slides available? Check out this student certificate template that you can use for any class or subject! In addition to templates for education, there are lots of others for work or even for your personal life. Just go to docs.google.com/document or docs.google.com/presentation and click on “template gallery” for lots more.
Shared by: Evan Mosier
“EduProtocols are designed so that teachers can insert any curriculum from across subjects to help guide students into a deeper understanding of the content.” EduProtocols.com
Shared by: Brian Rozinsky
We want to connect with our students and know how they are doing every day. But it can be difficult to check-in with every student in every one of our classes. This daily check-in Google Form template created by Mari Venturino makes it simple and easy to get started connecting with all of your students.
Bring history into the modern day world with this fictional Twitter chat template created by Ryan O’Donnell. Students can use this template to create profiles for fictional characters in a book, for historical figures and more. Check out Ryan’s blog post for more ideas and examples on how to use this template.
Graphic organizers are helpful tools in any subject. National Geographic has tons of graphic organizers that you can print, download or photocopy to use with your students.
Looking for more? Check out 25 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own
Shared by: James Varlack
Shared by: Sarah Kiefer
Shared by: Nate Ridgway
Shared by: Sean Fahey created by Eric Curts
14. Resume templates
A great way to provide students with the real-life experience of building their own resume is with a well-designed template. Canva has a huge directory of templates available to use for free on their website.
Looking for more ideas? Karly Moura wrote a blog post sharing 20 ways to use Canva’s templates with your students.
Shared by: Karly Moura
Shared by: Mandi Tolen
If you follow Amanda Sandoval on Twitter then you know that what she shares is GOLD (and if you don't then do yourself a favor and follow her right now). With this game board template you can just add hyperlinks and essential questions use it with your class!
Another amazing creation from Amanda Sandoval! If you are looking for an engaging, meaningful, FUN way for your students to review what they have learned then this unit review template is a MUST addition for your template toolbox. Students roll the dice (by clicking a digital die) to determine which task they will complete.
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