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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Back to School

It's a brand-new year, chock-full of new opportunities! Gear up with strategies, tools, and resources for heading back to school.

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7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

Seven questions to ask parents at the start of the year with the intention of building a partnership to support their child's learning.

A Place for Learning: The Physical Environment of Classrooms

Mark Phillips suggests that a critical piece of student learning is the physical environment of the classroom itself. He offers examples of and resources for turning impersonal spaces into student-friendly havens of learning.

Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community

Anne Shaw highlights a fun, beginning-of-the-year strategy that includes a roll of toilet paper.

8 Weeks of Free Teacher Resources for Back to School

All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference.

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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

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6 Non-Teaching Books Every Teacher Should Read

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The Art of Managing Middle School Students

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Teacher Burnout: Start Preventing It Now!

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano offers three start of school year tips to prevent teacher burnout from even beginning.

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What Teacher Leadership Looks Like for the New School Year

Teacher and blogger Jose Vilson looks at what 21st century teacher leadership involves and breaks it down into four simple but essential steps for starting a new school year in this role.

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Transition Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Administrators

Matt Davis has highlighted resources that can help students make the transition into elementary, middle, and high school -- and beyond -- featuring information for parents, teachers, and administrators.

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Sustaining That Back-to-School Momentum

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano offers four strategies for keeping teachers fresh during the Post Back-to-School Doldrums between September and Thanksgiving.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Back-to-School Survival Guide

The first few weeks of school can be challenging. VideoAmy has gathered a collection of video tips, tools, and diversions for busy teachers to help ease the transition back.

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Back-to-School Technology Checklist

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz runs through a back-to-school checklist to make sure that your classroom is technology ready.

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Helping New Teachers Beat the Back-to-School Jitters with Twitter

Edutopia blogger and education consultant Lisa Michelle Dabbs highlights some of the most helpful tweets from New Teacher Chat, an online discussion on Twitter between educators at different career levels.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Back-to-School Survival Guide

The first few weeks of school can be challenging. VideoAmy has gathered a collection of video tips, tools, and diversions for busy teachers to help ease the transition back.

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Auditory Awareness: Are Students Hearing the Lesson?

Teachers who are acoustically aware can do a lot to help students hear more clearly. Read tips on how to do this and also suggestions for minimizing noise distractions in and out of the classroom.

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3 Tips for Integrating Tools at the Start of School

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano recommends a slow and steady start for introducing your students to all the wonderful tech tools you learned over the summer.

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Helping New Teachers Beat the Back-to-School Jitters with Twitter

Edutopia blogger and education consultant Lisa Michelle Dabbs highlights some of the most helpful tweets from New Teacher Chat, an online discussion on Twitter between educators at different career levels.

117 2,669 views
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Sustaining That Back-to-School Momentum

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano offers four strategies for keeping teachers fresh during the Post Back-to-School Doldrums between September and Thanksgiving.

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Rolling Out the Red Carpet Year Round

For students to feel comfortable and ready to excel, they need a welcoming school culture that honors their feelings and celebrates their strengths.

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Back-to-School Night: The Ultimate Conversation Starter for a Successful School Year

When establishing that first contact with parents on back-to-school night, start the year right by being transparent, direct, and consistent.

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