August 31st, 2012
01:45 PM ET

Your first day of school photos

It's back to school time!  We asked you for your first day of school photos, and you responded!  We're still adding some to this gallery. In the meantime, check out these images of some enthusiastic - and not so enthusiastic - students on that special first day of school!

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My view: Starting the school year on the right foot
August 15th, 2012
06:00 AM ET

My view: Starting the school year on the right foot

Courtesy Harry and Rosemary WongBy Harry and Rosemary Wong, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Harry and Rosemary Wong are authors of “The First Days of School: How to Be an Effective Teacher.”  Harry is the recipient of the National Teachers Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, and Rosemary is the recipient of the Louisiana State University College of Education’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

(CNN) - One of the most misunderstood terms in education is “classroom management,” which is often seen as a synonym for discipline. Imagine asking the manager of a store to explain his job and he says, “My job is to discipline the customers.” And when the same question is posed to the manager of a team, she says, “I discipline the players.” Yet, discipline is the prevailing response of most educators when asked about classroom management.

Discipline is a reactive action used to stop deviant behavior and has nothing to do with student learning. Classroom management is a means of organizing, structuring and planning events to get things DONE in the classroom that will lead to student learning. Creating a well-managed classroom is the priority of a teacher the first two weeks of school.
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November 4th, 2011
05:41 PM ET

Joplin: Learning in disaster zones

CNN's Shannon Travis heads to Joplin to see how students, teachers and staff are preparing for the first day of school.

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