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This is an email from Stories That Inspired Us, a newsletter by Inspired Ideas.

Happy Back to School from Inspired Ideas!

Welcome to the latest edition of the Stories that Inspired Us newsletter, where we take a look back at some stories that had a strong impact on us and our readers.

This month we’ve collected some of our favorite resources, reflections, and advice for the back to school season. Below, you’ll find blogs by educators about preparing for the new year, practices to make the transition into the new year easier, and free activities you can download and use in the classroom.

5 Innovative New Teaching Strategies to Try this Back to School Season

By Christina Quarelli, Former Educator and Curriculum Specialist

“ Whatever it is, find that one nugget of positive behavior so that you can write parents a warm, fuzzy little postcard or letter. This could be an e-mail, a letter slipped in the backpack, or a postcard in the mail.”

Read 5 Innovative New Teaching Strategies to Try this Back to School Season here.

New Year, New School, Same Me

By Skylar Primm, Educator

“In the waning days of this transitional summer, I’m looking ahead to a school year in a new district, with new colleagues, new students, new expectations, new resources, new opportunities, and new struggles. Much about this year is still uncertain, but I’m also looking inward at the same me, and I know that I’m ready for the challenge.”

Read New Year, New School, Same Me here.

Activities to Get to Know Your Students During the First Week of School

(Including Free Worksheets for All Grades!)

“For most, the back-to-school season marks the beginning of a new chapter of that ongoing journey. It’s never too early to begin creating a safe space conducive to building bonds of trust. To help, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite activities that allow you to get to know your learners during the first week of the new school year — complete with a few free printable resources!”

Read Activities to Get to Know Your Students During the First Week of School here.

Key Ingredients for the Beginning of the School Year

By Stephanie Howell and Tara Ruckman, Educators

“The moral of the story is to spice up your recipe with a good classroom management plan. A dash of positive reinforcement and a spoon full of authentic experiences will get the students increased engagement and decreased behavior issues because you hooked them on your cooking from the start!”

Read Key Ingredients for the Beginning of the School Year here.

4 Ways to Build Classroom Culture with Interior Design

By Michelle Gabriel, High School Teacher

“I understood early on that students will listen to you when they feel they are in a safe environment where they can be free to express themselves.”

Read 4 Ways to Build Classroom Culture with Interior Design here.

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