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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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Elementary Classroom: Making the Most of the First Month

Check out these important activities for developing community and learning goals with elementary school students.

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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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Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips

In the first of two excerpts from his latest book, teacher and blogger Larry Ferlazzo offers some classroom management tips that are positive, not punitive.

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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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Back-to-School Night 2.0

With innovation and technology vital to our profession, let's use both of those elements to engage and connect with our students' families this year.

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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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5 Ways to Help Your Students Become Better Questioners

Asking a question can be a scary step into the void. How do you create a culture of using questioning in the classroom?

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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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Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

Author and global ed advisor Homa Tavangar makes a case for why empathy is the most important back-to-school supply we can give our children.

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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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Building Trust With Parents

Suggestions for how to make back-to-school night a hit for you and your students’ parents.

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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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Top 12 Summer Tips for Top Teachers

For top teachers, the list of 12 tips for maximizing your summer vacation includes reflecting, connecting, laughing, and coming out swinging in September.

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How to Remember Students’ Names

Instead of resorting to “Hey, you,” try these techniques for retrieving names.

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