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SMARTboard (ease into first day of school) "First Day of School! First Day of School!" Even high schoolers would love this!

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rules for children

Why we have rules. Short video to intro rules lesson

Pixar Short Film: For the Birds (This one is great for the beginning of the year, especially to infer important ideas about friendships, tolerance, bullying, and more. Great "moral to the story.")

Original Pinner said: "This morning I walked into a fifth grade classroom and they were singing the song "What I Am" by Will.i.Am. And Yes, it's a song he sang on Sesame Street. But these fifth graders were LOVING it. Their teacher told me this was their new theme song. Let me tell you....all the kids were standing up and singing this song LOUD and with hand movements. It was so awesome because I could see how much they BELIEVED the words to this song."

Organized Classroomfrom Organized Classroom

Managing the Middle School Classroom: Three Golden Rules

I do LOVE middle school and high school kids but I know they can be a challenge! Here are some ideas for managing the Middle School Classroom: Three Golden Rules - The Organized Classroom Blog

John Green: An Open Letter to Students Returning to School - A great video to show older students on the first day of school