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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.

Teachers: Preparing for Your Best Year Ever

Elena Aguilar gives teachers tips on ways to stay happy and successful this school year.

4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.

Back to School: 3 Question Activities to Connect Students

Maurice Elias describes three classroom activities for team and trust building with students.

Getting into the PBL Groove

Let your students know from day one that they're in a PBL classroom by defining PBL and setting the tone for collaboration, critique, and questioning.

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. Check back weekly for updates!

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Start the Year Strong Sweepstakes

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

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Back to School: Preparing for Day One

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A Checklist for Back to School Night

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8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

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"What Did You Call Me?" – How to Remember Students’ Names

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7-Step Prep: Make a Weekly Plan for YOU!

Advance planning is essential for a week of effective teaching, yet the most effective planning system will let you incorporate and track those on-the-fly changes.

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Planning the Best Curriculum Unit Ever

The good curriculum is in the details, so focus your teacher super powers on the granular aspects of planning ahead for the new school year.

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Teachers: Preparing for Your Best Year Ever

Blogger Elena Aguilar gives teachers tips on ways to stay happy and successful this school year.

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Back to School: Preparing for Day One

Six tips for helping both new and seasoned teachers have a successful first day of school.

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Creating Learning Environments

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes that in the digital information age, the teacher's main role will be to guide and motivate students and provide rationale for learning.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.

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Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher

How can we expect students to aspire to be great if we are not also aspiring for greatness?

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New Classroom Questioning Techniques for the Best Year Ever

For students to ask questions, teachers have to start the ball rolling with questions of their own. Check your own methods and discover new resources.

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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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The 5 Critical Categories of Rules

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin believes that rules and limits, while necessary in a classroom, are subtly shaded in meaning and use. He defines five critical categories of rules: academic, social, procedural, cultural and personal.

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Best Resources for New Teachers

Blogger Matt Davis writes about some of the best resources for novice teachers. There's useful advice on classroom management, lesson planning and building relationships with parents from a variety of sources.

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Back to School: Differentiation for All Students

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson offers up teaching and technology tools to differentiate classroom learning.

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Relationship Building Through Culturally Responsive Classroom Management

Hone your skills like curiosity, listening, cultural sensitivity, and humor to provide all students with equitable opportunities for learning.

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Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher

How can we expect students to aspire to be great if we are not also aspiring for greatness?

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