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K-12 Education Tips & Strategies That Work

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By Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)

Looking for a little back-to-school inspiration? Check out these tips for making a great first impression and connection with parents in this playlist.

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Discover resources for new teachers about developing routines, fostering classroom community, managing disruptions, and building student relationships.

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Social and Emotional Learning
Back-to-School Night: A New Approach

By Maurice J. Elias

Back-to-school night can be a time to shine light on the importance of social-emotional learning -- at both home and school.

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By Elena Aguilar

These strategies can help you thrive in your first year and build the kind of resilience that will carry you through the many challenges teachers face.

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By Terry Heick

Forget about all the vague, superficial information out there. Edutopia blogger Terry Heick cuts to the chase with 19 meaningful questions parents can ask their children's teachers at the beginning of the school year.

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With an hour-long recess, elementary schools can help children develop through increased creative play, authentic SEL, and adequate physical regulation.

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By Monica Burns

Staying organized is about finding a system that works for you, picking tools that you'll actually use, and continually refining what works best for you.

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Young boy sitting close between man and woman at a table with a teacher sitting across from them holding a pen with an open notebook
By Terry Heick

Forget about all the vague, superficial information out there. Edutopia blogger Terry Heick cuts to the chase with 19 meaningful questions parents can ask their children's teachers at the beginning of the school year.

40 11,117 322,308 views
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By Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)

How can a classroom be set up to maximize learning? Get inspired by this video playlist with tips and ideas for teachers to make over their classrooms.

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By Maurice J. Elias

Three activities teachers can use to help students -- especially those who had a rough summer or struggle academically -- get the school year off to a fresh start.

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Discover resources for new teachers about developing routines, fostering classroom community, managing disruptions, and building student relationships.

9,008 70,151 views
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By Ben Johnson

How does one advance from good teaching into greatness? It takes a tremendous deal of reflection and the will to change.

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

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Plastic baskets filled with books are stacked on a red desk against a classroom wall. Each basket has a different label, ranging from "easy readers" to "sci-fi/fantasy" to "beginning chapters."
By Erin Klein

Since light, space, and room layout impact physical and physiological well-being, enhance the quality of learning by decluttering your classroom, letting in natural light, and ditching the desks.

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