January 3, 2021

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Featured EDTECH Resources Reviewed by TeachersFirst

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The New Year is a Time to Celebrate

January may be cold, snowy, or grey outside, but it's also the perfect time to celebrate the joys of New Years and the 100th Day of School! 

New Year, New Strategies

Are you looking for new classroom management strategies for 2021? Check out this Twitter chat archive that shares effective strategies to strengthen your classroom management skills and suggestions for how to promote a supportive classroom environment.

Discover technology tools that assist in managing and encouraging positive student behaviors »

Celebrate the Number 100

There are many different ways to recognize the 100th day of school. Here are 50 of our favorites—many of which can be done remotely. A lot of these activities will challenge both lower and upper elementary students as they build better number sense.

TeachersFirst's 50+ ideas for the 100th Day of School »

Honor & Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prepare your lessons for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Below, you'll find an instructional unit for elementary students and a blog post full of ideas for all grades. 

Hidden Treasures for Sharing Dreams and Goal Setting

Dr. King's dream of equal rights for children and adults of all colors continues to inspire people around the world as we strive for the peaceful coexistence of all people. View this blog post full of related ideas and activities for all grade levels.

Read this blog post about Dr. King's famous speech »

Martin Luther King - An Integrated Lesson Unit for Primary Classrooms

This unit offers three lessons for primary classrooms "Listening to a Vision," "Breaking Color Barriers," and "The Mathematical Montgomery Bus." There is also a link to the lesson: "They Had a Dream Too" which is appropriate for all grades.

Take advantage of this ready-to-go instructional unit »

This Week at TeachersFirst®

You're invited to our first Twitter chat of 2021 on Thursday (1/7)! The winter series of OK2Ask® virtual workshops begins soon, so register now to save your spot. We're also highlighting MySciLife, a social learning opportunity for middle level students, and kindly ask you to participate in our weekly poll. 

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Thursday, 1/7, 8 PM ET

Twitter Chat: Inspire Ingenuity and Creativity in your Classroom

Join us this Thursday for our next Twitter Chat. We will share resources and digital tools that can help you manage the creative process in your classroom and explore the role of ingenuity and creativity in education. Tweet using #OK2Ask to join in.

Try a new type of PD this year and learn more about design thinking »

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Join us for many new edtech topics

Register now for Winter OK2Ask Sessions

Registration is open for our January and February virtual workshops! Upcoming topics include tools for station rotation, classroom management, reading treks, and assessment with student-centered tools.

Save your seat »

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Middle Level Science (Grades 5-9)


From the creators of TeachersFirst, MySciLife is an educational social media platform where students learn science by personifying and posting as science-themed identities. Engage students and enrich any curriculum for a lesson, unit, or all year long.

Try this free social media platform to engage science students »

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Share your thoughts with our community

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks: "What is your biggest classroom management struggle?" View how other educators' replied after you submit your reply.

Classroom management challenges »

Six More Educational Resources

Discover an additional six areas of TeachersFirst to use in your lessons. 

Classroom Management

Reading Treks

Dates that Matter

Infusing Technology Blog

Classroom Planning Calendar

Special Topic Collections

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