Thinkport Newsletter: Back-to-School: Ready, Set, Go!

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August 2017 (Edition 1)

Back to School

It comes so fast, the back to school prepping, planning and hurried pace to get things done.  That's why we have gathered some resources, tips and tools to help ease the transition and set the foundation for a fantastic start.

Back-to-School Teacher Toolkit

Kick-start the School Year  

PBS LearningMedia has you covered with a virtual toolbox full of free resources to access on-the-go. Find teaching tools, discount codes, blogs, and an interactive calendar, all in one convenient spot.

> Access resources

Teaching Toolkit

New School Year, New Educational Media

MPT's education division developed two new interactive learning and teaching resources just in time for the new school year.

Social Studies and History-Themed Units of Study

Discover our new collection of inquiry kits designed for students and teachers who are engaging in primary document analysis and research projects.

The 61 kit collection makes historical sources accessible to students at a wide variety of levels using accessible language to guide learners to higher level thinking. 

The project is part of a collaboration between MPT, Maryland Humanities and the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Program.

> Access inquiry kits


Empower Students to Take Charge of Their Learning

Explore an innovative and dynamic instructional model that moves from teacher knowledge to student understanding and application. The Gradual Release of Responsibility is a four-step teaching method designed to foster student collaboration and create active learning environments.

MPT's self-paced module includes instructional content, classroom footage and interviews.

> Access teaching module


Summer Youth Block Parties

Mayor Tour

Come get in the back-to-school spirit at a community block party in Baltimore City. MPT's education team will be there too! Stop by and explore fun learning activities with the family.

Enjoy music, food and more!

Wednesday, August 23  | 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Mary E. Rodman Elementary School
3510 W. Mulberry Street, Baltimore

Saturday, August 26 | 12:00 - 3:00 pm
James McHenry Elementary School
31 S. Schroeder Street, Baltimore

Back-to-School Tips: Parents & Families

Our early education dynamic duo at MPT, Krista and Karla, have shared some helpful suggestions for a successful back-to-school start.

1) Ensure that students know their telephone number, address, emergency names and contact numbers for trusted adults.

2) Discuss transportation plans to and from school. Have 'what-if' conversations around riding the bus. For example; what if you get on the wrong bus? What if the bus is late?

3) Take a tour of the school and meet the teacher. Ease into the transition by becoming familiar with the school and classroom and getting to know more about the teacher.

4) Set a routine. The start of the school year can be overwhelming for children and parents. Establish an evening routine such as picking out clothes and packing lunches that will make the mornings a little less hectic. 

Special Highlight!
PBS LearningMedia: Solar Eclipse Collection

Explore the Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

The 2017 Solar Eclipse will be here August 21st! This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States in 38 years. Make it a memorable and meaningful learning experience with this incredible collection of tips, activities and resources. 

 > Access educational videos and resources

> Access Teacher Toolkit

> Access safety tips