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    Free Read-Aloud Activities and Videos

    At the start of every school year, we all want to begin building a positive classroom community that highlights empathy and understanding. Using read-alouds with students of all ages encourages class discussions, builds shared experience among students, develops listening skills, builds comprehension, and so much more. Start your year on the right note with these free read-aloud activities for pre-K through 6th grade over on the Lerner Publishing Group site that can help build your ideal classroom community. Why are read-alouds useful? Literacy specialist, curriculum developer, and 19-year education veteran Lindsay Barrett highly recommends the use of read-alouds in every…

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    Should I Coach a Sport I’ve Never Played in Order To Get Hired?

    Dear We Are Teachers, I’ll be a first-year teacher (hopefully) this year, but the job hunt is getting a little desperate. I’m not athletic and would be miserable coaching, but ALL the listings in the district I want to work for say that they prefer someone who is willing to coach! Should I suck it up and pick a random sport to say I’ll coach? —yay, sports Dear Y.S., To me, it sounds like the district just copies and pastes the spiel about coaching onto all listings. I doubt they expect all new hires to coach. So take that into…

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    97 Welcoming Classroom Doors for Back to School

    97 Welcoming Classroom Doors for Back to School Skip to main content Every product is independently selected by (obsessive) editors. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission. Roll out the butcher paper, unpack the construction paper, and break out the scissors. By We Are Teachers Staff Jul 11, 2024 Your students are about to walk through your classroom door for the first time—how are you going to welcome them? These back-to-school classroom door decorations let you show off your teacher personality from day one. From simple but meaningful to artistic and impressive, these ideas cover every subject,…

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    59 Perfect Back-to-School Books To Read Aloud on the First Day

    59 Perfect Back-to-School Books To Read Aloud on the First Day Skip to main content Every product is independently selected by (obsessive) editors. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission. By Elizabeth Mulvahill, B.A. Liberal Arts, Certified Teacher Jul 11, 2024 The first days of back-to-school can truly set the stage for the entire school year with students. Read-aloud books are a perfect way to get to know one another, encourage class discussions, and figure out which values will define your class’s identity. Here’s a list of our favorite back-to-school books, some brand-new and some classics, plus…

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    Everything You Need To Know in 2024

    Target Teachers, assemble! The Target Teacher Prep Event is back and it’s bigger than ever. From July 14 to August 24, teachers can get a one-time special 20% discount off their entire purchase, in-store or online. Plus, starting July 14, you can get $50 off a Target Circle 360™ subscription for teachers! With this subscription, you’ll get unlimited same-day deliveries to your home or school for the first year as a verified teacher or staff member. It’s like having a personal assistant run errands while you teach! We know these deals aren’t going to fix our systemic school-funding woes, but if…

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    200+ Morning Meeting Questions To Start the Day Off Right

    Morning meeting is a must for many elementary (and some middle and high school) teachers. A good morning meeting sets the tone for the day and helps you get to know your students. You can make this time meaningful with morning meeting questions. Post a question of the day. Give students time to reflect and jot notes in a notebook before discussing. Or let students post anonymously on a chart or whiteboard. Here are all the questions you’ll need for a school year full of morning meetings. Plus fill out the form on this landing page to grab your free…

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    40 Interactive Bulletin Boards To Engage Your Students

    Love them or hate them, bulletin boards are standard classroom decor. Make yours more interesting and engaging by trying some of these interactive bulletin boards. Students can contribute, learn, de-stress, and more. Plus, lots of these boards are easier to create than you might expect. Take a look and find something new to add to your walls! Teacher’s Pet Arcade 1. Wordle it up The hit game makes an awesome bulletin board! Use it as a bell ringer or to fill in a few minutes at the end of class. Learn more: Wordle Bulletin Board 2. Punch out your goals…

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    If Your Students Are Using Scissors, You NEED This Time-Saving Hack

    Ah, it’s my favorite portion of the unit. The time for direct instruction is over, and the students get to do a tactile activity. I whip out the group activity bundles and pass them out. But then minutes later, I am pelted with, “Mrs. Morris! I can’t find what I just cut out! I can’t find my pieces!” Suddenly I miss the calm and structure of my direct instruction. Shew-y. (That’s Arkansan for “Yikes.”) TikToker @hanbeamcm offers a simple solution to this craziness, something I wish I’d known before. Even my 8th graders would have benefited! Let’s take a look:…

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    42 Icebreakers for High School Students That Actually Work

    The first few days of school are so important—it’s a chance to get to know your new students and set the tone for the year ahead. But finding icebreakers for high school students can be a real challenge. Older kids can see the usual “getting to know you” activities coming from a mile away. And they don’t want to risk looking silly or awkward in front of their peers. So in order to gain real buy-in, you’ll need to choose activities that are meaningful and fun. The key is to make them forget themselves temporarily because they’re so wrapped up…

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    31 First-Day-of-School Activities To Start the School Year Off Right

    The first day of school can come with lots of excitement and, often, a bit of the jitters. It’s the start of a fresh academic year with new challenges and loads of learning opportunities. It’s also time to meet new people, make new friends, and learn different perspectives. These first-day-of-school activities will help you start off the year with a bang as you and your students form your community and begin your journey together. 1. Take first-day photos We Are Teachers Mark the occasion! These signs for the first day of school are the perfect back-to-school accessory for photo opportunities…