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Planning for Back to School

Now that Labor Day has passed, it’s time to think about back to school resources.  Here are a few things I am planning to do to get a head start now to help to make this a fabulous school year!

  • Creating/Maintaining a Classroom Library
    To help my students get motivated to read, I try to have timeless favorites in my classroom library as well as add new titles. ReadWriteThink.org has two podcast series that provide book suggestions. Several NCTE journals also review new texts in every issue.
  • Staying Current with Trends in Education
    By reading other’s posts and participating in discussions on the NCTE Connected Community and on the Literacy & NCTE blog, I feel like I can gain easy access to each other’s best ideas.
  • Finding or Become a Mentor
    Being provided with a mentor as a teacher is a wonderful benefit. Sometimes, teachers may need to find their own mentor or teacher with whom they can work and learn. The English Journal column “Mentoring Matters” has a focus on effective ways to support new English teachers and student teachers and is a great resource to all teachers. Check out this column!
  • Plan for Professional Development
    Now would be a good time to register for the NCTE Annual Convention! Join thousands of educators, experts, authors, administrators, publishers, and others in St. Louis, Missouri, for the 2017 NCTE Annual Convention! November 16-19, 2017

What else are you doing to plan for the upcoming semester?