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Classroom Management
This page in the Preservice Community's Learning How to Teach section offers resources to help gain control of your class and make optimum use of learning time.


Baltimore Program Helps New Teachers Get Off to a Good Start
"I feel more comfortable and have more insight into exactly what to expect. I feel as if I have friends I can reach out to as a support group. I don't feel as if I am doing this alone." Those are the words of Eric Chancey, one of the participants in a unique summer program for new teachers in Baltimore, Maryland. The program provides new teachers with important lessons on how to handle the first-year highs and lows--and thrive! Included: Comments from Marsha Taylor, coordinator of the program, and from teachers who have participated in the program during the last two years.

Mr. Lowe: From the Classroom to the Funny Papers! An Education World e-Interview with Teacher-Cartoonist Mark Pett, Creator of the 'Mr. Lowe' Comic Strip
Mark Pett married his two loves--teaching and cartooning--and produced Mr. Lowe, a comic strip dedicated "to the unsung heroes who manage our nation's classrooms...and the kids who aggravate them." Today, he tells Education World how it happened. Included: Pett's recollections of his funniest teachers and the funny--and not so funny--moments from his teaching days. Plus advice for first-year teachers!

The First Six Weeks of School: A Plan for Making the Other 36 Weeks Go Smoothly!
The latest book from the folks behind the Responsive Classroom approach focuses on the all-important first six weeks of school. Careful planning of those first weeks can pay big dividends throughout the rest of the school year, according to Roxann Kriete, co-author of "The First Six Weeks of School." Today, Kriete takes time to answer a handful of questions from Education World and to give our readers a preview of the kinds of helpful tips that pack the pages of this new book! Included: Tips for teaching students to be independent workers and chat about the importance of starting the day with a morning meeting and ending it with a brief period of reflection!

Back-to-School Guide for Beginning Teachers (and Not-So-New Teachers Too)!
Have you found yourself singing the new-teacher blues"So Much to Do, So Little Time?" Change your tune with Education World's Back-to-School Guide for Beginning Teachers. Not-so-new teachers will also find classroom-friendly materials to expand their teaching files in this compilation of online resources from Education World writer Joan Luddy. Included: Resources for getting your feet on the ground, lesson planning tips, assessment ideas, time and behavior management resources, classroom freebies, technology information, humor, and much more!

Great Books Get School Off to a Great Start!
Reading aloud to students is an important activity on any school day -- but many teachers have books that they use to help make the first day of school a very special one. Read about some teachers' favorite first-day read-aloud books. Then share your own favorite on our message board! Included: Reading aloud on the first day isn't just for little kids!

Back to School Books Make the Grade!
It's that time again! Kids begin looking forward --with excitement, trepidation, or a little of both-- to the first day of a new school year. To help prepare them for the big day, Education World recommends three great new books.

Icebreakers 2000: Getting-to-Know-You Activities for the First Days of School
One of Education Worlds most popular features returns this year with 19 new getting-to-know-you icebreakers for the first days of school! Consider these activities from Education World readers -- and share your favorite icebreaker activities on our message board!

Increase Parent Involvement With First Day of School Activities
Read about how schools across the nation --in urban, rural, and suburban areas-- are breaking down barriers with parents and their communities by making the first day of school an exciting holiday with special activities that include everyone!

The First Days of School: A True Tell-All Book!
Whether you're a nervous neophyte facing your first day of school or a skilled veteran facing another first day of school, THE FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL: HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE TEACHER, by Harry and Rosemary Wong, is a must read.

Add *Sister Anne's Hands* to Your Back-to-School Read Aloud List
If you're looking to add a new title to your list of back-to-school favorites, grab *Sister Anne's Hands.* This isn't a rollicking read-aloud like many of the others on your list, but who said all back-to-school read-alouds had to elicit belly laughs? Take a break and turn your students' attention to something more thoughtful with this simple, but powerful, picture book. Use *Sister Anne's Hands* to start a discussion about working together and the need for tolerance. A bonus: The book is a nice introduction for young readers to the use of symbolism.

First-Day-of-School 'Icebreakers' Help Students and Teachers Warm Up!
Are you looking for the perfect way to get to know your students and help them get to know one another? You'll find it here! This week, Education World offers more than 15 creative "icebreakers" from our readers. Included: Links to Ed World stories from previous years, providing more than 50 great getting-to-know-you activities!

Off to a Good Start
Get Off to a Good Start with this slim volume that's big on practical tips for ensuring a successful year.

Fourteen Great Activities for the First Days of School!
Last September, in response to an Education World story, teachers around the world sent in their favorite first-day-of-school activities. So here they are! Fourteen great activities to help you get to know your new students -- and to help them get to know you!

Fourteen MORE Activities for the First Days of School!
Education World's readers responded to last year's back-to-school story with more that two dozen great ideas! So here, in a follow-up to Fourteen Great Ideas for the First Days of School, is the second batch of reader ideas -- fourteen MORE activities for the first days of school!

Getting to Know You: Activities for the First Day of School
Every veteran teacher has his or her favorite first-day-of-school activities. Here are a few of mine. Let me hear about your favorites too!


Classroom Arrangement
This page talks about how you deal with the aspect of classroom SPACE, in other words, how you choose to use the space allocated for your teaching area.

Bulletin Board Ideas
Resources to help new teachers create exciting visual displays.

Classroom Supplies
Links for information on classroom decorations, supplies in your subject area, and more.

#164. Ice Breaker: Blanket Name Game
Check out this game to help your students get to know one another.

Tips & Strategies From First Year Teachers
Tips from beginning teachers who have been there.