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Back To School: The Shortest To Do List For Teachers Starting School

Back to School: The Shortest To Do List for Teachers Starting School

Note: This is the first article in a three-part series on preparing for back to school.  Upcoming topics include building school – home connections and creating a healthy classroom community.

Is summer in your rear view window?  Well, whether you have a few days or weeks left in summer, preparing for the upcoming school year can be both exciting and daunting.  It doesn’t matter if you’re new to the school–or profession, changing grade levels, or a seasoned pro with decades in the game, this three-step “POP” method surely seeks to keep it simple so you can maximize those hours before the school bell rings.

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National Scrabble Week

National Scrabble Week

What are the best techniques for children and adults to improve spelling? Reading naturally improves spelling, and is considered the best strategy because the words in a story are absorbed within its context as they are associated with the print on the pages. Perhaps a weekly game of Scrabble, or Scrabble…

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National Friendship Day: 3 Books On Friendship

National Friendship Day: 3 Books on Friendship

 What’s exactly National Friendship Day?  Through a congressional proclamation in 1935, the first Sunday in August celebrates the value that friends have in our lives.  Friends share in joys, sorrows, and encourage or check you whenever you need them.  They share snacks in the cafeteria, invite you to birthday parties, room with you in college, or take part in special ceremonies like weddings and graduations.  Time, distance, and life circumstances don’t change the impact true friends have on your life, and developing a friend-building culture in the classroom is a starting force that makes all of these things possible.  Whether you’re back in the swing of things or are prepping for those first few days of school, here’s come friendship-related books to share with your children in the classroom or at home.

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Effective Literacy Centers In Primary Grades

Effective Literacy Centers In Primary Grades

We are quickly approaching “back to school” time. I have already begun setting up my classroom and preparing materials for my sweet new first graders. Getting myself organized in advance is extremely beneficial as the first few work days are packed with meetings and professional development. Take time now to…

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The Nitty Gritty On PLC’s

The Nitty Gritty on PLC’s

You’ve no doubt heard the term professional learning community (PLC), it’s common language within the educational world and growing in popularity every year. Many districts across the country have been implementing it for years while others, like my own, are making it a top priority this coming school year. Following…

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