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5 Great Books for First Year Teachers

This list is designed to provide you with some resources to help you address areas you may find yourself struggling with in the classroom and also to provide insight into some things that college just didn’t prepare you for.

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6 Ways to Start the School Year Off Right

What we do during the first few weeks of school, for ourselves and our students, can set the stage for the rest of the school year.

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MindPlay Math – A 21st Century Math Solution

After 40 years of providing evidence-based reading instruction and educational content, MindPlay Education just unveiled a new and exciting math program for kindergarten through 5th grade, MindPlay Math. Here’s a sneak peek at what the program has to offer.

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An Open Letter to Teachers: Leave Last Year in the Rearview Mirror and Start Fresh

I wish I had a crystal ball to tell you exactly how this upcoming school year will go, but I don’t. None of us do. But, I can tell you that you are in the driver’s seat and you can chart your own course for a positive, productive school year. So get ready, pack your bags and go!

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Tips to Simplify Setting Up Your Classroom

Having a classroom that is organized and ready for students is important. Having a neat and welcoming space helps set the stage for a positive and productive year. It does take time, nobody is denying that, but there are ways to streamline and focus on the things that are essential for the first week or two of school.

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Strategies to Incorporate Movement in the Classroom

Emerging research suggests that more physical activity can improve academic achievement. Incorporating movement and exercise throughout the school day makes students less fidgety and more focused.

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The Importance of Physical Activity in the Classroom

We don’t often think of physical activity, beyond the requisite physical education (PE) classes, yet there is evidence that suggests physical activity is a vital part of academic achievement.

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Nine Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation

It may seem a little counterproductive to keep planning your days when you’re on “vacation,” but it’s a good idea to take a little time to look at what you want to accomplish, where you want to go and new things you want to learn.

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COVID-19 Learning – The Obstacles, Mitigation and Where We Go From Here

This week we are going to examine reports from a recently released U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) study on the impacts of the pandemic during the 2020 – 2021 school year.

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School Administrators and Stress – Six Ways to Cope

Administrators, principals and other school leaders have been grappling with the academic, physical, social, emotional and political battles that were thrust upon them by the worldwide Covid pandemic. Today, we’ll examine some of the ramifications of the pandemic on administrators and some ways to cope with stress.

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Five Ways to Recruit Quality Teachers

Recruiting teachers has never been more important with the pandemic lingering and student achievement lagging. Yet, in the tight job market it’s harder and harder to attract qualified teachers. Here are some ways to attract new candidates.

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Six Ways to Ensure a Productive Extended School Year

Planning for ESY can be a challenge. Here are some ways to prepare for effective ESY instruction that helps student learning “stick” so that regression is minimized.

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