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First week of school ideas (for older grades) -- great teaching blog to follow as well

On the first day of school I write my kids a letter telling about myself, and then their task is to write a letter back to me. It gives the kids something simple to do while I deal with parents, school supplies and any other first day hiccups. The letters

Best explanation EVER for explaining to children why teachers use differentiation [without getting all academic about it. ;0) ]

Classroom Management ~ Ten Pin Linky!

(differentiation lesson) **The Bandaid Lesson - great!** Lesson to explain differentiation to students.no more "that isn't fair" after this demonstration! Good first day of school lesson, love!

First Day of School Activities for Big Kids- The Toilet Paper Game

First Day of School Activities for Big Kids

Getting to know you activity. This is perfect to go over bubble maps at the beginning of the year. :)

Cute idea to use with Kevin Henke's Chrysanthemum. I typically read Chrysanthemum the first week, talk about bullying/unkind words.