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New School Year Preparation

The Welcoming Classroom: Making Connections

The Welcoming Classroom: Making Connections

  The Welcoming Classroom: Making Connections with Second Language Learners and Their Families Guest post by Lori Wolfe, Fun to Teach August is here and it is time to prepare for the new school year. If you have second language learners in your classroom there are many things you can do, before school starts, to
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Back to School Night Idea for Preschool

Back to School Night Idea for Preschool

  Back to School Night is an opportunity to welcome students and their families into the classroom to see what goes on firsthand. Creating an evening of new friendships, educational endeavors, and future goals for the year is an exciting way to get everyone involved with? preschool instruction. By holding an event that captures what
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Top 10 Back to School Must Haves for Teachers

Top 10 Back to School Must Haves for Teachers

  It’s that time of year again! Back to school is a time of bittersweet excitement with a healthy dose of anticipation thrown in.  If you’re a teacher, you know all too well that back to school also means gathering your supplies, your files, and your must-have tools for a successful year.  This year, we
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Top 10 Signs That You’re Excited About Back to School

Top 10 Signs That You’re Excited About Back to School

It’s that time again. Time when the dog days of summer start melting into the countdown to the return to classroom life. While students are soaking up the last bits of summer fun, teachers are torn between the back to school anticipation and wanting to deny that their days outside of the classroom are numbered.
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First Day of School Traditions

First Day of School Traditions

The first day of school is always filled with equal parts excitement and anxiety.  We asked our Really Good Teachers on Twitter what their favorite first day of school traditions were during #TeachChat on July 23rd, 2014.  They were filled with great ideas that can be found in the transcript below. After reading the chat,
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21 Read-Aloud Books for the Beginning of the School Year

21 Read-Aloud Books for the Beginning of the School Year

Finding the right read-alouds at the beginning of the school year can help alleviate student anxiety.  For lower elementary grades this is particularly important.  Stock your read-aloud basket with some of the great titles below to get you started.


Time Saving Tips for the New School Year: Planning Ahead

Time Saving Tips for the New School Year: Planning Ahead

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Wow! Where has the summer gone? Here it is July and the stores are stocking the shelves with school supplies and advertising for Back-to-School sales! I just finished teaching summer school and packed my classroom for summer cleaning. My plan is to take a couple of weeks off before heading
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5 Ideas for Celebrating the Student of the Week

5 Ideas for Celebrating the Student of the Week

If you celebrate a “Student of the Week” each week, it is a great way to make each child in your class feel extra-special.  Starting off the celebrations early can set the tone for the rest of the school year.  It not only makes children feel incredibly special, it gives them something to look forward
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Back to School Goodie Bag and Flower Pop with Printable Labels

Back to School Goodie Bag and Flower Pop with Printable Labels

Some teachers like to hand out goodie bags to their students during Meet the Teacher or Back to School Night, but others like to wait until the first day of school.  No matter when you hand them out, goodie bags can be an easy and inexpensive way to treat your students to some back to
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Preparing for the New School Year – Questions to Ask Yourself

Preparing for the New School Year – Questions to Ask Yourself

 Need some ideas for getting ready for the new school year?  Check out these ideas by Tiffany from Sarasota, FL. Planning for a new year is such an exciting time—a time to build on things that worked and a chance to change things that didn’t. As part of my planning, I take time to reflect
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