Classroom Resources

The Classroom Teacher, summer 2014

Back-to-school time is upon us, so it’s time to think about how you’ll make things fresh in your classroom this year. Whether you want to return to school sporting a new professional look or you’re wondering if there are any new apps or websites that would engage your students in learning this semester, check out the following back-to-school guides and resources.

New school clothes

Look no further than Pinterest for inspiration if you’re thinking about kicking up your teacher style a notch or two. Just search for “teacher outfits” and click on “Boards” and you’ll be privy to hundreds, if not thousands, of fellow teachers’ collections of pins devoted to the best looks for the classroom. TCTA even has a board on the topic.

Classroom management

You can count on Scholastic’s back-to-school planning guide for tips on everything from getting your classroom ready to activities for the first week of classes. Click here for a back-to-school checklist, 10 ways to decorate your classroom, bulletin board ideas, five ways to get to know your students, activities to help students settle in, and much more.

Getting the guide

Education World offers a wealth of information that will help you manage your classroom with ease. Whether you’re in need of activities to fill awkward moments, are interested in implementing a new reward system, or are reconsidering your tried-and-true strategies for seating arrangements, you'll find them here.

Best apps, websites and games

Common Sense Media offers a back-to-school guide featuring the best apps, games and websites rated and reviewed for learning potential (filtered by subject and age).

Bonus: Tell your friends about it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #toschoolwego, and in late August, Common Sense Media will pick two random winners to receive a $25 gift card to the app store of your choice so you can load your device with your favorite picks from the guide. Find details here.

Teacher discounts

Many major retailers offer teacher discounts not only at back-to-school time, but year-round. Click here for a list of 80 teacher discounts compiled by the Gift Card Granny blog. It includes links to details on teacher discounts on everything from arts and crafts supplies to clothing and electronics.

And don’t forget the discounts you receive for being a TCTA member! TCTA's cost-saving programs will help you save on back-to-school basics, including books and materials for your classroom!