Our 1st Day & New Teacher Resources

Looking for MiddleWeb’s 1st Day Resources?

For many years, we featured a “First Day Resources” section on our old website. It was VERY popular and many education sites shared links to some of our 1st Day pages. When we rebuilt our site in 2012, we weren’t able to keep those old pages (and many of the links were out of date). But we did capture some of the best content and included it here at the new MiddleWeb, along with LOTS of current resources. Check out the links below!

If you’re a new teacher (or new to the middle grades), start with our up-to-date resource page:

New Teacher 911: A MiddleWeb Resource Roundup

Visit these MiddleWeb Classics:

mw_classics-logoTHE MILLION WORDS ACTIVITYGreat Tool to Connect with Parents at Beginning of School — “This is the most valuable thing I’ve ever done with my students,” one middle school teacher wrote about the “Million Words” assignment. “I’ve built an instant bond with parents,” said another. Find out how it works from teachers who have used this terrific strategy.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – Open House (1998)

Visit these other Resource Roundups:

• Back to School: It’s That Time Again!

• Parent Conferences

Check out all our Resource Roundups here.

Read these MiddleWeb articles by Rick Wormeli

• Rick and the Fundamentals (for new teachers)

• Good Feedback = Active Learning (new and veteran teachers)

• Five Strategies for Tween Teachers (new and veteran teachers)

• Newbies – A Week with Rick Wormeli (a classic from the MiddleWeb listserv group)

And more!

• TweenTeacher’s Startup Tips for Middle School

22 of MiddleWeb’s Best New Teacher Resources


MiddleWeb is all about the middle grades, with great 4-8 resources, book reviews, and guest posts by educators who support the success of young adolescents. And be sure to subscribe to MiddleWeb SmartBrief for the latest middle grades news & commentary from around the USA.

1 Response

  1. Jan says:

    A fun first day of school activity is to grow your own TickleMe Plant from seeds,
    The pet TickleMe Plant will close its leaves and even lower its branches when you Tickle It!
    Editor’s note: see the plant at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tickle_me_plant

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