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This Week: Tch DIY | New Teacher Survival Guide: Classroom Management | Hike Back to School
Kristin Gray closes her Tch DIY series with a final set of videos and a personal reflection.
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A new teacher uses seven classroom management tips to change her classroom.
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Lessons you can use to recalibrate — inspired by Sarah Brown Wessling’s solo hiking trip.
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Right after the Major League Baseball All-Star game is the unofficial start of a new sports season. NFL Training Camps and the pre-season schedule are only days away, the NBA and NHL season only a couple of months away. So, happy (unofficial) New Year!

For educators, this is also the time that we begin seeing the Staples commercial with the dad joyously shopping for back-to-school supplies with his weary children. You may even be seeing some advertisements for back-to-school deals. Fear not! There is still time and light left for you to enjoy the last vestiges and weeks (or days) of summer. The best way to spend these fleeting moments is with rest and preparation.

This week, I began coordinating the unit-planning for the upcoming school year with the teachers in my department. Free from daily attendance reminders, hall and lunch duty, as well as the every-minute task of teaching, planning can be more real and focused. In addition to unit planning and mapping, it’s a great time to review the routines and systems you have in place for running a safe and orderly classroom. When the school year comes, there really isn’t enough time to reflect and plan in the way that you can now.

So, enjoy this part of the summer. Rest. Plan. Prepare. The “blood-borne pathogen” staff professional development is still several weeks away.

JoshJosh Parker
Teacher Laureate at Teaching Channel
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Matthew Colley outlines his Taking Action Project and reflects successes, challenges, and possibilities.

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Tch Laureate Josh Parker identifies six core professional learning activities that will help teachers reflect and improve their practice over the summer.

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