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August 9, 2023

Back to School with Share My Lesson: Resources to Save You Time

How are you preparing for Back to School this year? Check out our newly updated collection of resources made for teachers of all backgrounds.

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There's a special kind of exhilaration that comes with the back-to-school season. It's a dizzying array of freshly sharpened pencils, the crisp pages of unmarked notebooks, the hopeful smiles of new faces and, yes, a hearty dash of organized chaos. It's a time when the potential of an all-new academic year hangs in the air, buzzing with the thrill of learning and the challenges ahead.

Share My Lesson’s extensive collection of free back-to-school resources is designed to support educators like you in navigating the beautiful mess of the beginning of the school year. The aim is to empower you to hit the ground running, filled with confidence and the necessary tools to foster a successful, dynamic learning environment.

So whether you’ve used our back-to-school resources before or you’re visiting for the first time, check out our newly updated curated collections of resources perfect for both veterans and newbies alike! Also be sure to enter our Back to School sweepstakes!

Back to School: First Day of School and Beyond

This essential collection has everything you need to get started this year. Check out dozens of resources that can help you with designing a functional classroom, lesson planning and assessment, building welcoming communities, and icebreakers and first-week activities to get students excited to learn.

New Teacher Collection: Free Lesson Plans and Resources for Back to School

Welcome to the bustling, ever-inspiring world of teaching! Remember, every seasoned educator was once where you are right now, poised at the precipice of their first back-to-school season and full of hope.

This curated collection, filled with advice from experienced Share My Lesson educators and our partner organizations, covers all aspects of teaching, from lesson plans to parent-teacher relations, and from classroom management to engaging activities and assessments. Let these resources uploaded by the Share My Lesson community help you through your first year with confidence, knowing that you have years of experience at your fingertips.

Classroom Management Strategies: Free Lesson Plans and Resources

Whether you're a fresh-faced rookie or a seasoned education all-star, we can all agree: Classroom management is like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube—while juggling! You’re on the front lines, preparing to face a whirlwind of students eager to learn (and occasionally cause a little chaos). Armed with lesson plans and a coffee mug filled to the brim, it's time to turn to the often-daunting task of managing your classroom.

This collection of Share My Lesson resources is soon to be your go-to headquarters for classroom management inspiration. Here, we offer a robust collection of resources to help manage student behavior, from the wiggliest first-grader to the most aloof high schooler. With an array of techniques and strategies at your fingertips, you’ll be prepared to handle any situation with grace and confidence.

Back to School: Professional Development Webinars

As the back-to-school season approaches, we know the phrase "professional development" might sound about as appealing as a pop quiz on a Monday morning. Teachers are often exhausted just thinking about it. The extra time and added meetings it requires, and the ever-present pressure to keep up with the latest techniques and strategies, can make even the most dedicated educator groan. But what if you could attend professional development sessions wearing your comfiest pajamas and clutching your favorite mug of coffee? Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Welcome to the back-to-school professional development webinars collection on Share My Lesson!

This unique collection of free, for-credit webinars is designed to make your professional development experience as stress-free and valuable as possible. Whether you're fresh off your first summer break or a seasoned veteran heading back for another school year, our diverse range of topics will have something for everyone.

Family Engagement Resources and Lesson Plans

Welcome to Share My Lesson’s comprehensive collection of educator resources, brimming with ideas, guidance and proven strategies for effective family engagement in the educational journey. Understanding the multifaceted nature of teacher-family relationships is paramount to student success, and it's our mission to provide educators with the tools they need to foster these connections.

Family engagement is not just about attending parent-teacher conferences or school events. It's about creating an open line of communication where parents feel recognized, respected and heard. When parents are truly engaged, they become active participants in their children's education. They offer insights that can enrich the learning experience and help educators tailor their approach to meet each child's unique needs.

In this collection, you will find practical guides on how to build strong teacher-parent relationships, innovative ideas to increase family engagement, and helpful tips on how to make parents feel valued and involved in their child's education. We've designed this collection to support educators in their ongoing efforts to engage families in a meaningful and mutually beneficial manner.

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Andy Kratochvil

Andy Kratochvil is an SML team member who loves hiking, scary books, Mexican food, and finding great content for the Share My Lesson community.He studied political science and French at California State University, Fullerton and received his Master’s in International Affairs from American University

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