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Instead of having the kids write letters to incoming students for next year, have them create this little foldable book full of advice. SO much easier than the letter!

Website where you can type in text and it will turn it into a shape! Great for poetry writing, vows, quotes and it 's perfect for Valentive's Day...

Micrography...this is an amazing alternative to the I Am Poem or the All About Me Journal Enrty. I'll bet EVERY student (and every parent on Back to School night) would want to read/view this project.

This is so neat. You upload a picture of yourself, and then add words and it makes this sort of thing. If we took the pictures and the computer teacher would let us do this in the computer lab, this could be really interesting. Maybe as a scrapbook accompaniment to the 8th grade project??

21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways to Get to Know Your Students with Technology - great ideas for middle school and high school students (be sure to monitor sites requiring students to be 13 years old to sign up for an account). Teachers could use some of these tools to introduce themselves or set up a classroom account for student use - depending on the site.

from Cult of Pedagogy

In Praise of Think-Pair-Share

In Praise of Think-Pair-Share: Click the image above to go to our 16-minute podcast about the benefits of this strategy and some tips for making the most of it.

Critical Thinking - excellent mini guide to help students understand and apply critical thinking skills. http://www.criticalthinking.org/store/products/critical-thinking-concepts-amp-tools/156