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Start your new year off with ease and enthusiasm, and be prepared to answer any questions you or your students might have. Our lesson plans, printables, activities, and advice range from assisting students in learning the school's layout and taking attendance to learning about your new students! Find icebreakers for getting to know your students' names and personalities, advice on seating charts and arranging the classroom, teacher time-savers, behavior management tips from veteran teachers, advice for communicating with parents, and much more.

Content Galleries

Top 10 Things Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom
Top 20 Bulletin Boards
Top 10 Great Books on Teaching
Top 10 Educational Technology Resources
Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips
2015 Back-to-School Literature Guides & Activities
More Content Galleries for Teachers

Printable Worksheets & Forms

Back to School Printable Book (K-12)
Summer Learning Guides for Grades K-6: Get Ready for Back-to-School
Bubble Answer Sheet
Homework Pass
Centimeter Ruler, Inch Ruler, and Protractor
Weekly Lesson Plan Form
More Popular Printables

Awards & Certificates

Good News Notes
Acts of Kindness Award
Certificate of Outstanding Performance
Star Performance Award
Good Citizen Award
More Awards & Certificates

The Art of Teaching

Report Card Comments—Academic Achievement & Improvement
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Personality & Attitude
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Language Arts & Reading
Report Card Comments & Phrases—Work Habits
Strategies for Teaching Culturally Diverse Students
More Art of Teaching Resources

BTS Lesson Plans

What Am I? Icebreaker
The Gingerbread Man
Similar and Different
First Day Celebration
More Popular Lesson Plans

Classroom Management

Report Cards: Advice & Suggested Comments
Bulletin Boards
Classroom Forms
Teaching Methods
Behavior Management Resources
Behavior Management Forms
Report Card Comments & Phrases—End of Year
More Classroom Management Resources


Classroom Management
The Five Senses - Kindergarten
Getting to Know You Bingo
Similar and Different
A Visit to the Zoo Sub Kit (Grades 1-2)
More Icebreakers

Bulletin Boards

Bulletin Board Tips
Tips on Creating Art Bulletin Boards
Make a Rainbow Bulletin Board
Apple Bulletin Board Example
Places Bulletin Board Example
More Bulletin Boards

Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Teacher-Parent Collaboration
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Parent-Teacher Conference Resources
Student Progress Report
Report Cards: Advice for Parents
Open House Resources
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Open House Resources

Positive Descriptions of Student Behavior
Hosting a Successful Open House
"From the Desk of..." Stationery
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
An Autobiographical Poem
Parent/Teacher Relations
Getting to Know Your Student
More Open House Resources

Advice for New Teachers

Top 10 End-of-Year Gifts for Students
Textbooks: Advantages and Disadvantages
Questions Before, During, and After Reading
Teaching Students with Special Needs
More New Teacher Resources

Arts & Crafts Activities

Creating an Effective Physical Classroom Environment
Make a Giving Tree
Paper Making
Poster Evaluation
Self Portrait Class Book
More Arts & Crafts

Assessment Resources

Report Card Comments & Phrases—Math
Report Card Comments & Phrases—General and Handwriting
Incident Report
Teacher Self-Evaluation Form
Scantron® Sheets
Weekly Grade Sheet
Skill Assessment Form
More Assessment Resources

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Classroom Organization Tips
Did you resolve to get organized this year? Our Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips will help you get your classroom in shape for the months ahead, whether your existing system needs a tune-up or you're ready for a total overhaul.

February Calendar of Events
February is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Valentine's Day (2/14), Presidents' Day (2/15), Eating Disorders Awareness Week (2/21-27), and Leap Day (2/29). Plus, celebrate Black History Month, Library Lovers' Month, National Heart Month all February long!

Black History Month
Black History Month (February) is here. Make sure you have the materials to help you teach this important topic, from historical figures (Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks) and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, to slavery and the Civil War, to racism, discrimination, and the Black Lives Matter movement in America today.

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

Coding & Computer Science
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, and Hour of Code resources make a great introduction to the computer science skills all students will benefit from.