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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.

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13 Free Teacher Downloads 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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Outstanding in Your Field: What It Takes to Be a Great Teacher

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Outstanding in Your Field: What It Takes to Be a Great Teacher

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The Science Behind Classroom Norming

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Rules and Routines in the Classroom

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Back to School: Teaching with Authenticity

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs underlines the importance of teaching with authenticity by recalling her own new-teacher struggles to make education a meaningful experience for her students.

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Advice to New Technology Coaches

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz shares her advice for any school that might be planning to hire a new technology coach.

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Time Management: Planning for the Adventure

Clara Galan, Edutopia's social media marketing specialist and a former teacher, looks at managing time, that most precious of commodities, through the lens of a pirate's spyglass.

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Back to School with iPads: 5 Steps for the First 5 Days

Beth Holland of EdTech Teacher presents five practical steps for the first five days of the school year in an iPad-enabled classroom.

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First Day of Kindergarten: 8 Survival Skills

Blogger and author Sarah Richard shares eight teacher survival skills for the first day of kindergarten.

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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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You Only Get One "First Day of School"

Blogger and veteran teacher Lisa Mims reminds us that we only get one 'first day of school' (even we've already been there 28 times!) and offers seven tips for making a good impression on our students.

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Time Management: Planning for the Adventure

Clara Galan, Edutopia's social media marketing specialist and a former teacher, looks at managing time, that most precious of commodities, through the lens of a pirate's spyglass.

13 67 8,950 views
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Middle School Maker Journey: 19 Days (and Counting) to Launch

In part two of his year-long series, middle school teacher Kevin Jarrett reviews the manifesto, mantra, and materials necessary to make a maker program from scratch.

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Back-to-School Night: Communicate Care

More important than how many years you've been teaching or classroom rules is demonstrating to parents that you care.

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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.

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Quality vs. Quantity: Choosing Your Back-to-School Apps

When choosing what apps to try out, focus on your learning goals, only pick a few, and don’t forget to have your students join the process!

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Simple Ways to Support Your Teachers at the Start of the Year

Solutions that administrators can implement ahead of time to resolve four common challenges teachers face as a school year begins.

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Start the Year with a Project . . . or Wait?

John Larmer, Editor in Chief at the Buck Institute for Education, weighs the pros and cons of starting the school year with a PBL project.

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