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  • Writer's pictureMargaret Cissel

Faculty meetings, staff icebreakers, and classroom prep, OH MY!

As teachers head back to school for faculty meetings and classroom prep, the EA team wanted to help by providing some ideas to mix up the back to school routine. From faculty and staff icebreakers to tips on hitting the refresh button on your classroom setup, here are some suggestions to inspire!

Ever tried a staff scavenger hunt? This is a fun way to start off your first faculty meeting and provide an opportunity for new and returning staff to get to know each other. Here is a list of facts to be discovered about the people in the meeting. Teachers can work in groups or individually and the staff member or team who checks the most items off the list wins! Change up the list of items to fit your school’s community and you’ll start to hear that ice breaking!

Now that you have your first faculty meeting behind you it’s time to tackle classroom prep. For all you teachers who’ve been dreaming all summer of a classroom redesign, here are some #classroomgoals to get your wheels turning!

Who wouldn’t get inspired to read in this classroom library?! Try bringing outdoor inspirations inside to get your students’ imaginations working.

Thinking about moving towards flexible seating? Try offering different places and ways for students to get in the zone like in this classroom.

Already preparing for managing noise levels in your class? Try this cool “voice-o-meter” to help students visualize what you expect of them. We have a feeling your students are going to enjoy acting like a ninja!

Ready to get started with your classroom redesign? Here are eight tips to bring your classroom to the next level. Good luck and happy back to school!

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