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Summer Snowball Fight

Breaking the ice with snowballs in summer? This educator's first-day-of-school "getting to know each other" tip is a favorite even with high school students!

routines & procedures

Back to School Means Back to Work

From Julie Williams, a high school teacher in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Beat theback-to-school-blues with this tip that can help you set an important classroom precedent right off the bat.


Parents' Handbook

Kathy Nearny, a second grade teacher at Boothwyn Elementary School in Chichester, Pennsylvania

Getting to know your students is just part of the back-to-school grind. This tip can help you start the year off right with PARENTS, too! 


Awesome Noise Control

Deborah Allen, a fourth-grade teacher at Valmead Elementary School in Lenoir, North Carolina

An awesome alternative to screaming "Shut up!" - that really works!

Connect with Your Peers

Students Making Excuses

Pat says, “When I tell a student to stop talking, he will reply, "I'm not the only one talking". How do I respond to this student? ”

Kate Ortiz says, “It is helpful to make sure that your expectations are clear and students know when they are and aren't supposed to be talking. This clarity needs to include what you consider to be appropriate volume in different situations and what individual volume should sound like during group work.…”

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What to Expect in 2015

Saad Alam, CEO of edtech company Citelighter, shares lessons learned from helping over 3,000 schools adopt new technology.