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Planning for a New School Year

Get ready for the first day of school with templates, videotapes, and postcards.

On Your Mark,
Get Set...

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What's In a Name?
Save time with templates.

Save back-to-school preparation time by using Education World's Back-to-School Templates to create student nametags.

Make a movie to remember.

Provide parents with a list of supplies to send with their children on the first day of school. Include on the list a blank videotape. Once a month -- or more often, if possible -- invite parent volunteers to come in and videotape each student participating in a classroom activity. The videotapes make excellent end-of-the-year mementos.

Wish You Were Here
Introduce students to their new teacher.

A week or two before the first day of school, send a postcard to each student in your class. Introduce yourself, explain what they'll be studying during the coming year, and mention some of the activities you've planned. Provide a silly assignment for students to complete before school begins.

Article by Linda Starr
Education World®
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