July 31, 2022
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Ten Fabulous Resources for Back to School
The new school year is almost here! This week, we are sharing several tools for back to school—seating charts, icebreakers, homework organizers, and so much more. Find tools you and your students can use to get off to a great start this year!
TeachersFirst's First Day of School Icebreakers
No matter what level you teach, establishing rapport with a new group of students is key to knowing how to help them learn. Check out this list of reviewed resources to find the perfect opportunities to help your students get to know one another.
myHomework is a digital student planner for tracking homework, assignments, tests, and more. Help your students add class information (including start and end times, classroom number, teacher information, and notes) and homework.
Use this tool to organize your classroom and communicate with students and parents. There are many tools included: a timer, seating chart, attendance manager, random name picker, and more. This is a great tool to use to share feedback with families.
What teacher doesn’t search for freebies? This gem includes thousands of free materials, including task cards, classroom management charts, coloring sheets, worksheets, and posters. There’s also a search option to help you find exactly what you need!
Keith Hughes Teaching Stuff YouTube Playlist
Sit back and enjoy 30+ videos geared toward new teachers that present practical advice and tips in an entertaining way. All teachers can benefit from videos about topics like setting up a flipped classroom and making tests less stressful.
Mega Seating Plan
Plan your seating chart for the new year! Import student names from a spreadsheet and set up the layout of your classroom. Choose to create a random seating arrangement or boy/girl setup, then drag and drop student names to adjust as you like.
101 Things You Can Do in the First Three Weeks of Class
Explore this extensive list that provides many suggestions for getting off to a great start. Scroll through each section to find ideas for transitioning to a new grade level, keeping students' attention, providing support, building community, and more.
Future Me - Write a Letter to the Future
This nifty tool allows you to write an email and deliver it in the future (up to 50 years later). Insert your email address and subject, write your email, and choose a future date for delivery. Have students write letters during the first week of school.
Have students upload an image and make it talk using Blabberize! Students can use this engaging tool to introduce themselves to the class at the start of the year. Upload an image, select an area to become the talking "mouth," and record the words.
Icebreakers, Games, and Fun Group Activities
Discover various categories of icebreakers, including team-building, active, get-to-know-you, and classroom icebreakers. The classroom icebreakers have subtopics ranging from sharing/opinion games to spelling/word games.
This Week at TeachersFirst
Join us for another week of summer professional learning opportunities! Participate in workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday and our bimonthly Twitter chat on Thursday. We are also sharing our blog and kindly ask for your input on our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 8/2, 6 PM ET
OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Choice Boards for Differentiation Pt. 2
In this session, you'll learn to differentiate your choice boards by process, product, or content to support students as needed. Using Tomlinson's differentiation model, learn to differentiate choice boards for both instructional and assessment purposes.
Wednesday, 8/3, 6 PM ET (2-hour Session)
OK2Ask: Using Multimedia Text Sets for Student Knowledge Construction
Looking for a new way to engage your learners as they study a topic? Try Multimedia Text Sets (MMTS)! In this session, we'll learn to curate topically related materials and organize them to help students build background knowledge and vocabulary.
Thursday, 8/4, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Inspire Creativity with Canva
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, participants will discuss strategies for using Canva as a teaching tool and collaborate on ideas for using Canva in the classroom to empower students.
Catch up on recent posts
Infusing Technology Blog
If you’re looking for a great mix of classroom topics and professional learning, check out posts recently added to TeachersFirst's Infusing Technology Blog! Topics include social wellness, resources from NASA, supporting refugee students, and more.
Share your thoughts with our community
It’s almost time! Back to school is coming up quickly. This week our poll asks, "What are you most excited about for the new school year?" Share your choice and view the responses of other educators once you click submit.
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