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From the Science Machine
Cell Models Students click the names of cell parts to view their descriptions. (Grades 5-12)
From the Reading Machine
Alton-Ra: The Lost Statue reinforces spelling, sentence structure. (Grades 3-6)
From the Math Machine
Penguin Waiter is a fun Web site for teaching about percentages and money. (Grades 4-12)
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Planning for Your First Day of School
On the first day of school, the secret to success is in the planning, not the pedagogy.
Personality Profile Posters
Mark Rougeux's middle schoolers reveal their personalities through profile posters.
Back-to-School Guide for New Teachers (and Veterans Too)
Lesson planning tips, assessment ideas, time and behavior management resources, classroom freebies, technology information, humor, and more.
Strategy of the Week
An icebreaker is a simple activity that enables teachers to get to know their students and students to get to know their teachers and one another. Most of the activities are short and fun, and most require little or no preparation.
Ken Shore: The Classroom Problem Solver
Line-Up and Hallway Dilemmas
Behavior problems often occur when students line up and walk through the halls. That is not the time to relax rules or lessen efforts to maintain discipline. Eight tips for keeping order in line.
Ms. Powell's Tips for Organizing Your Classroom
A Movable Seating Chart
Make seat changes easier with this versatile seating chart.
Classroom Management Article of the Week
Management Tips You Can Use
We've lurked on listservs and chat rooms, read articles and message boards, and surfed education sites and teacher Web pages to find classroom management tips you can use in the new school year.
From Our Classroom Tips Library
Classroom Management: A New School Year
Behavior Management: Rules and Routines
Motivating Kids: Treat Kids With Respect
Book Reports: A Book Report Sandwich
Homework Tips: Homework Club
Best Idea: Time Capsule
Testing Tips: Are They Ready?
Fred Jones: Tools for Teaching
Effective Room Arrangement
Classroom management expert Fred Jones identifies "three zones of proximity" and discusses how knowing what they are can help you "work the crowd" in your own classroom.
Emma McDonald: The New Teacher Advisor
Day One: Laying the Groundwork
If you want a smoothly running classroom, what you need is a vision. Then you need to use the first day of school to lay the groundwork for making that vision a reality.
Eric Baylin: Songs to Brighten a Teacher's Day
The Teacher Anxiety Song
The mere mention of summer's end is cause for the onset of teacher anxiety dreams. Perhaps we should put our fears and worries into song instead?
Joe Martin: The Teacher Motivator
Teach Like Every Day is Christmas
The night before every new school year, I get to be a child again by re-living Christmas Eve. Because when I arrive on the first day of school, I have approximately 25 to 30 gifts waiting to be opened.
Meet other members of Education World's Professional Development columnist team.
Discovering the Writer in Every Student
Are you tired of "What I Did on My Summer Vacation?" Do you want to move your students beyond weak, formulaic writing? Discover how.
A+ Ideas for Creative Writing
Teacher Susan Schweiker has a unique approach to building creative, confident writers: it starts with promising them A's!
The Week That Was
Weekly writing assignments document yearly writing progress. (Grades K-12)
Space Tourism Brochure
Create travel brochures to sell tourists on the concept of space travel. (Grades 6-12)
Not the First Day of School
A writing activity for the second day of school.
A Silly Vowel Story
Write a story in which every other word begins with a vowel.
Bus Yard Blues
Bernard, a shiny yellow school bus hopes a coat of paint and new wheels will make his young riders sit up and take notice.
Cathy Puett Miller: The Reading Coach
Creating a Reading Community
Make it your goal this year to transform your classroom into one that has strong and engaged learners.
Reading Aloud: Is It Worth It?
Why do teachers read aloud to students? Are the benefits worth the time? Many teachers believe reading aloud enhances classroom instruction and improves academic achievement -- and research supports that belief.
Best Books for Teaching About...
Back to School
The Five Senses