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New School Year Preparation

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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12 Community Service Projects for Kids

12 Community Service Projects for Kids

Community service projects are a great way to encourage students to think about the world around them.  Finding a project that children and their parents can get behind and support over the course of a few months or the entire school year is the key.  If you are considering adding a service project to next
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Lifesaver Start-Up Box

Lifesaver Start-Up Box

Idea by Shelly, 2nd Grade Teacher, Parachute, CO As I’m closing up my classroom for the year, I create a “first of the year” box that contains everything I want and need for those first few days. This box is a lifesaver for me. In it I stash labels, files, folders, name cards, tongue depressors,
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3 Team Building Activities for Teachers

3 Team Building Activities for Teachers

The school year may be in full swing, but it is more important than ever to nurture and cultivate the positive relationships between staff members.  Teachers, administrators, and support staff can all benefit from team building activities that help them grow together and explore the different assets that they each bring to the table.  If
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The First Day of School

The First Day of School

No matter what grade you teach, the first day of school can be scary – for students and teachers alike.  Check out some of the gentle reminders below and share them with your children to remind them that everyone gets a bit nervous.  Have a great year!