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Best of Works 4 Me: Back to School

Teaching tips, ideas and strategies to help you start the new school year.

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Ten Questions to Start the Year

From Cheryl Skid, a retired special education teache

Ms. Skid, a retired high school teacher, suggests excellent conversation starters that will engage students and elicit great responses to help the class learn more about each other.

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Self-Addressed Student Letters

Cyndy C.

On the first day of school, Cyndy has students write a letter to themselves that will be given back at the end of the school year. The students really get a kick out of seeing how they have changed!

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Share Day

Debbie Robinson, a first-grade teacher in Germany

This variation of "Show and Tell" fosters students' communication skills and allows kids to get to know each other. Best of all, it opens the parent-teacher communication door in a fun way.

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