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Your 2018 Back-To-School Teacher Toolkit

It’s back-to-school time! Whether you’re a fresh faced newbie or a veteran teacher, a new school year is a great opportunity to explore resources, tweak tried and true strategies, and to set goals for the next 10 months. So to help you do just that, we’ve created a teacher toolkit designed specifically around the new school year. 
 
Educators use mobile apps for everything from grading homework to communicating with parents. Here are five that teachers say they love.
 
Discovery Education wants to help you address today’s hottest topics in education. For each of the topics below, Discovery Education has collected five resources that will support teachers and students in that area. Check out the resources for instructional strategies, fresh ideas and perspectives, and ways to continue the conversation within the DEN Online Community.
 
PBS Teachers asked hundreds of veteran teachers for their top tips and best advice to help first year teachers step boldly into the new year.
 
Educators provide knowledge by sharing stories and the process of teaching yields some of the greatest stories of all. This subsection of GPB’s Education Matters blog serves as a platform for teachers all over the state of Georgia to highlight innovative teaching strategies and creative ways to engage students in learning.
 
Help young learners prepare for the first week of school with this checklist and worksheet from PBS KIDS! The PDF is print-friendly so you can pass it along to parents, caregivers, and grandparents in your community.
 
Creative, research-based instructional strategies that incorporate digital media in meaningful, effective, and practical ways.
 
Icebreakers may seem trivial but they can assist with building meaningful relationships with students. Check out these icebreakers that can help you establish an encouraging, educational environment where students thrive.  
 
Whether you are looking to expand your teacher toolkit or for a refresher on a familiar material, GPB Education’s professional development videos offer thorough, self-guided tutorials on trusted educational resources.
 
The GPB Education team travels the state to offer free professional development sessions on digital integration strategies, Discovery Education, PBS LearningMedia, Georgia Studies Digital Collection and more! Check out available training sessions here
 
KQED Teach offers a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow teachers to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communications and technology skills, and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.
 
Already thinking about how to layout your classroom for the upcoming school year? Check out this blog on Discovery Education. It has excellent tips on classroom design and flexible seating. 
 
This guide from Maryville University includes a list of resources and articles about activities and exercises for children in grades K-12 with the goal of promoting a healthier and more active lifestyle.
 
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