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Debbie Miller- "Reading With Meaning" This is our classroom promise in Grade One! I love the "This is who we are, even when no one is watching."

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At open house parents put their wish for the year in it.... Tells a lot.

What kind of teacher do you want? 1st day activity - I could see doing this to set up classroom environment

Great classroom management phrase! Blog post has lots more great expressions for teaches to use in the classroom

What a wonderful idea that you can continue to use as your child progresses to school. As a smart person commented, as your child reaches high school, they could be holding a chalk board with the grade written on it. I always had the kids signify their grade by holding up their fingers. But the pained look on their faces by high school discouraged me not to insist on that little detail.

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Awesome ideas for the first two weeks of school. I think we should do these! @Sarah Pilliod @Lisa Bailey Barton

"No David!" Picture Book for Back-to-School Setting Expectations + Behavior at RainbowsWithinReach

Use on the First Day of Middle School to open dialog with students about their expectations of the teacher. Good Ice breaker too. This could be tweaked and done with mini units as well especially as students start new math objectives.

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Excellent BOY book about friendship and making everyone feel part of the classroom community.

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Editable Name Activity Freebie--use their own name letters for making words too

Have student wrinkle up the paper heart (not tearing it) and then try to flatten it out. Discuss how words or actions can harm a heart and take time to heal.... Good first week of school activity

The Kissing Hand-- so cute! LOVE!

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