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Happy New School Year!

Posted by Kristy Nerstheimer on Wed, Aug 22, 2018

Wasn’t it just yesterday we were putting away all of our school supplies so the janitorial staff could get into our classrooms to clean? And wasn’t it just yesterday we made a big summer to-do list? It sure seems like it. We teachers are lucky because we get to start fresh every year—a new school year in many ways is like a new calendar year!

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Topics: back to school, tips for teachers

Back to School: A Collection of Blogs to Get You Ready

Posted by Travis Rink on Tue, Aug 14, 2018


The new school year is quickly approaching, so you’re probably already thinking about all the things you need to do to be ready for that first day. Between working on your lesson plans, setting up your classroom, getting supplies, and learning your new students’ names, there is so much going on! 

Need help prepping for your return to the classroom? Check out these blogs for helpful teaching strategies, back-to-school deals, classroom tips, and more:

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Topics: back to school, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Back to School Tips and Training for Teachers

Posted by Travis Rink on Fri, Sep 1, 2017

This certainly is an exciting time with the start of a new school year! It’s another opportunity to build relationships with students and truly make a difference in their world in ways we can’t even fully imagine. As an educator for 22 years, I have always loved the beginning of school—especially when I have the opportunity to have a fresh start. It’s a lot of work to get the ship ready to sail for the voyage ahead, but I truly enjoy it. Whether it involves creating the perfect lesson plans for an exciting new project, making curriculum tweaks to provide the latest great resources, or finding new ways to integrate teaching tools to make learning more interactive and fun, I find this hard work really satisfying.

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Topics: Lessons, Professional Development for Teachers, curriculum, Training, back to school, tips for teachers

Tips for New Teacher Orientation

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Whether you're a building principal, department head, or member of a grade-level team, there's a good chance you'll be working with new teachers as you start the school year. Being strategic and systemic as you meet with the teachers can be an important first step to starting the school year off right.

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Topics: back to school, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers

Create a Sense of Community With a School-Wide Theme

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Each year, we plan a theme for our school. We use this theme throughout the year for many things around the building: bulletin boards, locker tags, the newsletter, and individual student displays in the classroom. Some teachers are “all in” with the theme and their classrooms are completely decked out, while other teachers don’t decorate as much.

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Topics: tips fpr teachers, back to school, tips for teachers

School-Wide Expectations to Start the Year

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, Aug 17, 2017

Over the years, I have found—and there is research to support this—that there is a power to a common language and common behavioral expectations across a school building. If teachers, secretaries, paras, and custodians are all on the same page when it comes to expectations for behavior, the school runs more smoothly and unwanted behaviors decrease.

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Topics: back to school, Administrator Resources

Plan a Parent Engagement Night That Sets You Up for Success

Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Lives are busy and people are busy, so we have to make sure we plan in advance if we want parents and patrons to be engaged in our schools. Parent engagement can take on many different shapes and sizes—for all the different parents we encounter, we receive varying preferences for how they like to communicate.

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Topics: back to school, Administrator Resources, tips for teachers, Getting Parents Involved

18 Steps to Get Organized With Tech Before the New School Year

Posted by Lynn Erickson on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

As summer begins to wind down and the first week of school approaches, we often find ourselves losing sleep thinking about all of the things we need to do to get organized. Before that first week approaches, here are 18 steps to organize yourself with technology:

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Topics: Educational Software, Education Technology, Educational Apps, curriculum, back to school, 21st Century Skills

10 Ways to Stay Sane, Focused, and Ready for the New School Year

Posted by Charli Mullen on Tue, Jul 26, 2016

August, I swear, is the shortest month of the year. The 1st rolls around, and all of the sudden it hits me that I have 22 days left to get my classroom, curriculum, children, and myself ready for the new school year. Adding to the mayhem of this year, my beloved husband, who spends most of his time as a stay-at-home papa, is gallivanting off with the Marine Corps for two and a half weeks, right as the school year is set to begin.

I thought it might prove useful to you all to share some of my personal strategies and tips for getting ready for the new school year. I have had the good fortune to learn some things from some amazing teachers and moms – advice on how to stay balanced and establish smart routines in my home and classroom. These strategies help me to stay sane during the start of the school year, and I want to share 10 of my favorites with you:

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Topics: tips fpr teachers, back to school

5 Websites for Saving Money on Classroom Supplies

Posted by Jessica Thiefels on Wed, Jul 20, 2016

School district budgets get tighter every year, leaving teachers with minimal finances for classroom supplies and for replacing old, outdated learning materials. And you know all too well what it costs to make sure your students have what they need to learn – budget or no budget!

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Topics: Free Content, tips fpr teachers, back to school


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