January 6, 2019

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A New Year Filled with Resources for You & Your Classroom

Start 2019 by investing in yourself with free, quality professional learning! Refresh your classroom management toolbox by reviewing the tips and resources shared in our recent #OK2Ask Twitter chat. And register today for the OK2Ask® workshop topics of interest to you.

Tools & Tips for Classroom Management

Did you miss our #OK2Ask Twitter chat on Jan 3rd? View the chat archive to discover technology tools that assist in managing and encouraging positive behavior. Learn from other educators which tools and strategies are most successful.

Access #OK2Ask Twitter chat archive »

Register for Online Professional Learning Workshops

Registration is open for our popular (and FREE) OK2Ask virtual workshops. Winter 2019 topics include Classroom Collaboration with Google Tools and TeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown. Earn PD credit hours online.

Register now for free professional learning »

Celebrate 100 Days & A New Year

The 100th day of school is quickly approaching and below we share some of our favorite ideas for how to celebrate. Plus, visit our curated collection of New Year's resources to help you and students prepare for a new year and meet academic and personal resolutions!

50+ Ways to Celebrate the 100th Day of School

Have fun with the number "100" while practicing math and celebrating a milestone. We share 50 of our favorite activities plus suggestions from other web sources for marking the 100th day of school with elementary and middle school students.

Plan how you will celebrate the 100th day of school »

New Year in the Classroom

Whether you are searching for activities to do with your class or online tools to help students set and meet goals and resolutions, you'll find a wide variety of options in this curated selection of New Year's-related resources.

Find New Year's activities and resources »

January Happenings

January provides many opportunities to celebrate and learn, including International Creativity Month, National Handwriting Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and more. Below we share teacher-reviewed resources for incorporating these events in your classroom.

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January 21st

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Educate students about why we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Teach about the man, his accomplishments, the 1960s, and Civil Rights. Find informative tools, lesson plans, and more for all grade levels.

Resources for teaching about MLK and Civil Rights»

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International Creativity Month

Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

January is International Creativity Month. Discover practical ways to foster student creativity using Guilford's model of Divergent Thinking in our Dimensions of Creativity: A Model to Analyze Student Projects section of TeachersFirst.

Cultivate creativity »

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January 23rd

National Handwriting Day

National Handwriting Day is January 23rd. Help students of all ages develop their handwriting skills with this tagged collection of tools and tips. And join us on Twitter (#OK2Ask) January 17 at 8 pm ET for our chat, Handwriting Skills: Necessary or Not?

Tips & tools to help with handwriting »

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What makes today matter?

Dates That Matter

Dates display on a projector-ready screen. A single sentence reveals something about the date. Click to see a sequence of thought-provoking questions that guide students to a greater understanding of past events and their historical importance.

See what happened on this date in history »

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Do you teach cursive writing?

Weekly Poll

Does your school teach cursive? Is this skill still needed in today's digital age? Share your school's approach to teaching cursive and read how other educators replied.

Cursive or no cursive at your school? Tell us here »

More TeachersFirst Areas to Uncover

Navigate these six additional areas of TeachersFirst to locate valuable (free) resources for you and your classroom.

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