Personalizing the Secondary Classroom

Female teacher calling on student  Personalize your secondary classroom with these excellent resources for back to school, as well as the rest of the school year. These articles, printables, and guides will aid you in making your classroom warm and inviting. Whether you are preparing for the first day of school, greeting new students, or resolving classroom conflicts, you'll find great ideas and activities below. These resources are appropriate for teachers of high school students.

First Day of School

Getting to Know Your Students

Conflict Resolution

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October Calendar of Events
October is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Earth Science Week (10/11-17), Chemistry Week (10/18-24), Teen Read Week (10/18-24), Make a Difference Day (10/24), and Halloween (10/31). Plus, celebrate Bullying Prevention Month, Diversity Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities Month, and School Safety Month all October long!

Bullying Prevention Month
October is Bullying Prevention Month, and it's a crucial topic for teachers and administrators to address. Bullying can cause both physical and emotional harm, and it can range from inflicting physical abuse to cyber-bullying (the use of cell phones, social networking sites, and other forms of technology to cause emotional distress). Learn how to recognize several forms of bullying and teasing, and discover effective techniques for dealing with and preventing bullying in your classroom.

Happy Halloween! Kids love this holiday and all the spooky decorations, games, and stories that go along with it. (Not to mention the candy, of course!) Take advantage of their enthusiasm with classroom connections and fun activities.