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Back to School
We've gathered some useful resources for the all-encompassing back-to-school season. Enjoy!
School leaders: When you're ready to start preparing for the upcoming school year, we've got you covered with 50+ resources for back-to-school planning.
Make parent/teacher conferences easier for everyone by preparing to show student grades and work, setting parents at ease, listening to them, and remaining positive.
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Consider letting the parents take the student creations home. It always reflects well on you when you can show them the work their child does in classroom and send them home with a nice souvenir.
On-the-spot scaffolding is an essential skill for teachers. Check out these three strategies for assisting students when they struggle.
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(INTRO- HOOK) On-the-spot scaffolding is an essential skill for teachers. Check out these three strategies for assisting students when they struggle.
This source can be used for all grades. Scaffolding is breaking up the learning into chunks and then providing a tool, or structure, with each chunk. Utilizing this strategy in any lesson plan can help students better understand concepts. It also helps teachers respond to each learner's needs and adjust accordingly. For example, breaking the lesson down into smaller chunks if students aren't understanding right away. Accessed Dec 6, 2014.
Effective classroom management starts at the beginning of the year when a teacher clearly and respectfully lays out behavior standards and methods for handling misbehavior.
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Whatever expectations students bring to the new school year, raise their hopes through relevance, passion, reasonable possibilities, and personal engagement.
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Keeping hope alive throughout the school year
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Start the Year by Building Hope. Ideas to either change negative attitudes or maintain positive ones in any classroom. #school #classroom #teacher #success #creativity #connection #learning #inspiration
Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher....using for Parent Teacher Conferences next week!
19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher. I am my children's teacher, but I am curious what these are and my phone won't let me scroll down on the webpage so pinning for perusal on my computer...
Terry Heick's blog on Edutopia--Parents: 19 Meaningful Questions Your child's teacher would (probably) love to answer! Good questions for parents to ask in order to become educated on classroom education!
19 Questions Your Child’s Teacher Would (Probably) Love to Answer
The Right Way to Ask Question in the Classroom - Posing a question to the class, allowing for think time, and then calling on a student is one simple strategy for engaging students in better academic discourse. (Updated 10/2013)
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Use QR codes, augmented reality, virtual tours, and other advances in classroom technology to change up the sometimes less-than-efficient rituals of Parent Open House.
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When introducing new technology in a 1:1 classroom, consider breaking the lessons and tasks into small increments with easily measurable products and goals.
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The First 5s with iPads: Fantastic ideas for what to do in the first 5 minutes, the first 5 days, and the first 5 weeks with a new set of classroom iPads. Great read!
Make it a habit to share good news with parents. Even the little things can make a big difference.
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Positive phone calls = powerful! How do you get parents involved? I read this but need to keep it in mind once im a teacher
MRS. MCFADDEN'S CLASSROOM BLOG: Parent Communication
When establishing that first contact with parents on Back to School Night, start the year right by being transparent, direct, and consistent.
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Back to School Night: The Ultimate Conversation Starter for a Successful School Year | Edutopia..ommunication with parents -- the chance to outline expectations, procedures, and goals for my students, hoping that if I were upfront and clear from the get-go, there'd be fewer surprises come time for parent-teacher conferences. It was also my opportunity for listening and fielding questions early in the year to quell any misconceptions and ease any anxieties.
Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
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Lots of creative formative assessment ideas.
Learn how formative assessment can DOUBLE student learning: http://edut.to/1ED4eVd .
A great reminder for the new school year! #BestYearEver
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A great reminder as you jump into the new school year!
"Education is the single most important job of the human race." George Lucas
Back to School Night is often the first interaction a teacher has with parents and guardians. Here's a helpful checklist for educators of five must-haves for this special night.
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How do you give feedback? Read to find more tips for brain-based assessment.
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How do you give feedback? More tips for brain-based assessment. #BestYearEver
Students are more likely to do homework if the assignments are engaging, relevant, and reasonable -- and if the teacher makes them accountable for it.
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Boom bang homework
Boom-Bang Homework Assignments | Edutopia f you count yourself among the 70 percent of U.S. teachers who assign take-home work, you may find value in the following recommendations for making those assignments more effective, creative, and motivational -- in other words, with boom-bang academic power.
Useful infographic: Back to School by the Numbers.
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Infographic of back to school numbers for 2014
We share this Back to School by the Numbers infographic in honor of our Colorado State University STEPP and School of Education students, faculty, and alumni. We are proud to educate future teachers.
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Useful infographic: #BackToSchool by the Numbers. For #parenting tips visit www.youparent.com #YOUparent
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Find resources to help children begin school with a positive mindset, support their transition into a new school year, and prepare them for fall learning.
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Make reading a lifestyle activity rather than an in-school activity by fostering literacy and community with the A to Z Reading Challenge.
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Reading Comprehension Skills - Reading Programs For Children, Phonics Vowel Sounds. http://children-learning-reading.good-info.co Teaching children to read by teaching phonics activities is a lot like doing math, where you have to know what the numbers are, how to count, and you need to learn to add and subtract before learning to multiply and divide. Teaching phonics to children is no different where you follow a step by step approach by first teaching the child the alphabet letters
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The Back-to-School A to Z Reading Challenge | How one school is encouraging middle-grades students to read, share books | Edutopia
Summer reading programs for kids!
Three activities teachers can use to help students -- especially those who had a rough summer or struggle academically -- get the school year off to a fresh start.
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Helping Students Start the Year with a Positive Mindset. For students who have had trouble in school, or who have had a negative summer, it is especially important to get the school year off to a fresh start. And for all students, having a positive mindset makes learning much more likely. Here are three activities to help accomplish these goals.
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Part 2: More Back-to-School ideas to start up the new school year.
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7 MORE Back To School Ideas For A Great Class!
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning shares 2 back-to-school idea posters!
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Part 2: More Back-to-School ideas to start up the new school year. (Doesn't have to just for back to school)
Carlisle Middle School (Iowa) shows off its #Oneword wall! Great back-to-school activity.
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Love this idea for a back to school One Word Wall for use in the classroom or as a school. What's the one word you want your classroom to be? What word tells us about you?
31 Incredible Bulletin Boards For Back To School
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Have each student decorate an "about me" puzzle piece, then use to decorate classroom door or bulletin board - makes a great back to school icebreaker activity
Puzzle bulletin board idea
It would be cool to make a puzzle for our family. Each person decorate a piece and fill with info about themselves. To teach the kids how we are a family and we fit together perfectly :)
I love this board! Must have to come up with creative ways to fit a prime number of students (like 17, 23, etc.)
"Everybody is Somebody" Puzzle Piece Back to School Bulletin Board. Or "Welcome to 4th Grade! You fit right in!"
As you start the new year, here are 9 ways to plan lessons that will change teaching and learning in your classroom.
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9 ways to plan Transformational Lessons. §130.144. Instructional Practices in Education and Training TEKS 4(c)The student plans and develops effective instruction and is expected to explain the rationale and process of instructional planning. 4(d): describe principles and theories that impact instructional planning. 4(f): demonstrate teacher planning to meet instructional goals. #FS4703
Looking for some icebreakers to use with your students? Here are 7 practical icebreaker activities you can employ in your class using Post-it notes.
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7 Easy Icebreakers for staff team building day. Yay.
7 Easy ice breakers you can do with Post it notes.
Having a book club with people who don't know each other? Steal these classroom icebreaker games for your next meeting!
7 EASY ICEBREAKERS YOU CAN DO WITH POST-IT NOTES... Morning meeting?
7 Easy Icebreakers You Can Do With Post-It Notes - these are some fun icebreakers, good for the beginning of school and for substitutes too. #icebreakers #classroom #education #ideas
Icebreaker activities for post-it notes that could be adapted into student blog post ideas.
As if we don't need anymore ideas for post it notes...
From Facebook to Instagram, 7 Social Media-Inspired Icebreakers - "I teach fifth grade. I want to do some different icebreaker activities this year & was thinking about doing something related to social media. My own daughter is a rising fifth grader & is all about Instagram and Facebook (even though I'm the mean mommy who doesn't let her have her own accounts yet!)
From Facebook to Instagram, 7 Social Media-Inspired Icebreakers.