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What do you want for Back to School?

What do you want for Back to School?

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Back to School is just around the corner, and we're deep in the process of assembling some amazing materials to help teachers and educators get ready for the new school year. At the same time, we'd also like to hear from you about your needs, concerns, and unanswered questions. We want to make sure you're ready and feeling empowered!

We'll do our best to cover as many of the issues raised as we can. So tell us:

What types of resources would be most helpful to you for Back to School? Ideas for redesigning your classroom? Lesson ideas that deepen student engagement? Tools for project-based learning planning?

Dream big, and we'll see what we can do!

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Joell's picture
Joell
First Grade Teacher, Salt Lake City

I'm transitioning into a new job this year, but last year I would have loved an easy way to get student and parent information into a digital form including: pictures of the students and parents, names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, whether text messages are okay. My school still uses paperwork to get much of this information. If I was teaching my own class this year, I was thinking of using Evernote's Hello for this. Since I don't know what my new job completely entails (I'm a tech specialist) I don't know what I need yet. (It's kind of scary.)

Timothy Scholze's picture
Timothy Scholze
Experienced Teacher, Curriculum Developer, Content Developer, & Researcher

I am going back into the classroom after being away for the past four years. I would like to know how to incorporate middle school world history into a STEM program? Also, a list of historical fiction or fiction books that can be related to current technologies, infrastructure, or healthcare informatics would be highly beneficial. It would be really cool to have students work out how we could better prepare the general population against biological attacks or defend against an EMP attack. How would we adapt if nothing electric worked anymore? Nanotechnology in relation to healthcare informatics would be interesting to explore.

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Facilitator 2014
Staff

We had a suggestion come in via email, which I'm going to document here:

"I was searching for a blog on time management and I don't see one! That might be a great topic for back to school and all that needs to get done."

Terri Zinchuk's picture
Terri Zinchuk
Kindergarten teacher/Reading Specialist

We'd like to become a movement school. It would be great to have Shannon Samulski come for an In-service and to be able to get our school set up as a movement school. More ideas for all grade levels on including movement breaks during the day would be great. We are a 4K - 8th grade school.

Tina's picture
Tina
2nd Grade teacher in VA

I would like to find some interesting new and different ways to set up a classroom with focal point being the smartboard. PODS, groups, single? Would like any ideas.

Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia
Staff

Great suggestions, everyone.

@Samer, Just wanted to let you know that there is a blog on time management coming soon!

And @Tina, next week we're releasing a big 3 part video on "remaking your classroom." It has a lot of helpful ideas in it, as well as a bigger process (involving the "design thinking" approach) which may or may not be of interest. We will be posting links to additional resources as well.

Love the ideas of a movement classroom @Terri. Will look into that.

Timothy, check out the Center For Ecoliteracy's guide called "Designing a Resilient Community." http://www.ecoliteracy.org/downloads/designing-resilient-community They have a wonderful downloadable that I think will be really helpful for you. I will see if they're open to a guest blog post, too.

Great suggestions everyone - keep 'em coming!
betty

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Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Facilitator 2014
Staff

Thanks for the update, Betty. You're a rock star!

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