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.
- A bit of logistical work in the classroom can help new teachers wrap up for summer—and ease the back to school crunch as well.
- Solutions that administrators can implement ahead of time to resolve four common challenges teachers face as a school year begins.
- Community building in the classroom starts on day one. Try these strategies to begin forging strong relationships.
- Back-to-school content is usually focused on teachers and students, and as these two groups will have the largest workload ahead of them, that makes sense. But for students, the ultimate support system is not an expert teacher, but an informed and supportive family.
- Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
- SMART goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, rigorous, and tracked. Help your students develop them through a series of ongoing peer interviews.
- An argument for keeping hard rules to a minimum.
- How does one advance from good teaching into greatness? It takes a tremendous deal of reflection and the will to change.
- Calling students’ parents or guardians with good news encourages more good behavior and creates strong teacher-student bonds.
- It's conventional wisdom that different types of instruction require different seating arrangements. It's also a no-brainer that classrooms should be inviting, environments that make students feel good to be there. Unfortunately, over the years I've visited classroom after classroom where conventional wisdom appeared to be disregarded. So here's a short course.
- Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.
- Instead of resorting to “Hey, you,” try these techniques for retrieving names.