• Ways to introduce yourself creatively on the first day
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    Ways to Introduce Yourself Creatively on the First Day

    The first day of school sets the mood for the entire academic year. Everything from where coats are hung up, to which colored pens to use and how to behave in the new classroom will be defined on the first day (if not in the first few hours). But by far the most important impression of the beginning of the year is the relationship that is forged between teachers and students.  As a teacher, it is crucial that you make firm impressions to your students while managing to create a wonderful first-day experience. But opening yourself up to a brand new class can be an unnerving experience, even for the…

  • Teachers back to school checklist
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    The ultimate back to school checklist for teachers

    ‘I have so much to do!’ It’s the August mantra for teachers everywhere. As we edge towards the opening of school gates your to-do list is probably growing longer than a Leonard Cohen song – which is overwhelming for everyone.  Fortunately, we have taken some time to put together a thorough list of some of the key things you should focus on. Here is our ultimate back to school checklist for teachers:   1. All systems GO! Improvising is certainly a vital skill in education, but it’s not something you’re going to want to rely on for every single occurrence in a busy classroom. Take a good amount of time to…

  • Back to school teacher tips
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    5 teacher tips for getting back to school with a bang

    The time of sun-dappled lazy afternoons, cookouts and beach vacations is almost over for another year. It’s time to dust off your satchel and mortarboard and prepare for back to school.  So what can you do to make this school year better than ever? Check out our top tips:   1. Reflect on the last school year – the good, the bad and the ugly The pause between the end of the old and beginning of the new is a fantastic opportunity to take a step back and learn from our successes and mistakes.  Making a physical list of things that went well and things that could be improved is…

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    Less paper, more interactive with Kami 📒

    You’ve found the BEST new worksheet for your class! It explains all the principles you want your students to learn and then has them complete some fun activities to cement their knowledge. You print out copies for everyone (in your precious lunch break) and the lesson goes down a storm. But as your students charge out for the school bus, you are left with a mound of crumpled paper sheets. All those valuable resources are now nothing but waste. The constant cycle of paper waste can be demoralizing and time-intensive – but it doesn’t need to be that way. Our Kami Hero Jennifer Crane, science and health teacher from St.…

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    Using Colors to Engage in Math

    Not everybody loves math. For every handful of students that ‘just get’ numbers, there are probably double that who struggle. Fortunately, in the age of EdTech, there are lots of ways that students can tackle problems in a way that makes sense to them!  Kami Hero and math teacher Kristen San Filippo shares her tips on using Kami app tools to mix colors and shapes with visual math concepts.   How have you helped others work with Kami? I have trained my students and fellow colleagues on how to use Kami and integrate it into Google Classroom. I also post videos of my review sheets using Kami. Kami has really…