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How to Start School Successfully by Harry and Rosemary Wong. This article is on

Smart Starts for the Best School Year Ever by Barbara

and Sue Gruber. This article is on


Top Six Keys to Being A Successful Teacher from

Back to School Checklist from Scholastic This checklist from Scholastic is a great reminder of things that need to be done. It will help new teachers, and remind experienced teachers of things to think about before school begins

Welcome to __ Grade Bookmarks Great welcome bookmarks for grades 1-6 from These are available in color or black and white and are near the bottom of the classroom management list

Tips for Getting Organized Some excellent tips here that can save you some time later. This is from


Activities for the First Day 1 Getting to know you; ideas for that important first day. This is from

First Day of School Activities This is from the Busy Bee Activity Page

Printable Name Tags These beautiful animal name tags are from Jan Brett

Printable School Passes from Jan Brett Print these on card stock and laminate. I would print two of the same tags and glue together before laminating. Make an extra set in case one is lost. You might want to put your room number or teacher name on the bottom

Creating a Seating Chart from Digital Photos

Seating Chart Template for PowerPoint97 or later. This template from Microsoft can be used for many different kinds of room arrangements. You could include pictures of the students also

Seating Chart from Microsoft for PowerPoint 2003

Printable Classroom Set-Up Tool Set up and print your classroom layout. This tool allows you to place desks in any formation and put student's names on a numbered list (requires Flash)

Name Review An activity to help the teacher learn names quickly

Parent Resources These are excellent handouts to give parents at open house or parent conferences. They contain ideas on how parents can help their children at home. (Scroll down to "Your First Grader", etc.)

Classroom Job Ideas If you need a fresh idea for classroom jobs, check on these ideas at A to Z Teacher Stuff

A Classroom Job for Every Child Change jobs only eight times during the year

Getting to Know Each Other Activity



Back to School Ideas A variety of useful back to school ideas from Hummingbird Educational Resources (scroll down to More Back to School Activities for free activities submitted by teachers)


Also check the Classroom Management , Teacher Timesaver , and Bulletin Board pages



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