You ready? Day 1 starts soon, so let’s talk about some lesson plan ideas for the first five days of school:

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Can you name the famous figures who faced the following?

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Want to amuse and motivate your kids? Let’s build a Famous Failures bulletin board! Continue reading

The calendar isn’t lying to us; it really is time to update the syllabus and get into that back-to-school frame of mind. You might be curious how I run the show, so here’s a copy of my course outline along with an episode from my classroom management series discussing the eight words that comprise my classroom rules. Continue reading

I hate name games. Painfully awkward, these games have never magically connected me to people just because they’ve repeated, “Her name’s Laura and she likes llamas.” Nope. Not happening around here, people. For the first day of school, I usually start with a one-minute welcome and intro. of my background, have students make name cards they […]

Before students arrive on Tuesday (our first day), I want them to already be excited about my class and ready to rip into the content. One easy way to help set the right tone is to send an introductory email. Luckily, my school district’s tech gurus established Gmail accounts that students use from grades 6 […]