The start of the school year is an anxious time for new teachers. And in these first few weeks of classes, those of you new to teaching probably have plenty of questions. Luckily there's a wealth of information online that will help these first few weeks run as smoothly as possible.
Where to start? Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. PST, Edutopia blogger and community facilitator Lisa Dabbs hosts New Teacher Chat on Twitter -- hashtag #ntchat. The weekly chats offer new teachers the chance to connect with experienced and other new-to-the-profession educators around the country, pose questions, and ask for advice.
Also, our resource roundup for rookie teachers features a ton of insightful blogs on subjects like classroom management, lesson planning, and building relationships with parents, mentors, and administrators. And Edutopia's New Teachers topic page is another great source. Plus, to help you on your way, here are a few other useful tips from around the Web.
- New (Middle School) Teacher 911 from MiddleWeb: If you're a new teacher in a middle school classroom, this is a great premier. MiddleWeb -- a website for middle school educators -- has collected a host of great resources for new teachers, from educators offering advice to classroom management tips. Also, check out 21 of MiddleWeb's Best New Teacher Resources, which highlights more great MiddleWeb content for new teachers.
- Scholastic's New Teacher Survival Guides: With a different survival guide for every month of your first year, this Scholastic roundup is a valuable resource for first-year teachers, providing tips, ideas, and resources for every step in the journey. Plus, be sure to check out Scholastic's New Teacher resource page, as well as The New Teacher's Guide to Creating Lesson Plans.
- New Teacher Support from Learn NC: The first year is an emotional rollercoaster for new teachers. Here, Learn NC provides practical tips for managing the stress, addressing loneliness, and communicating with administrators and parents. This resource is useful not just for first-year teachers, but for all teachers.
- Teaching Channel's New Teacher Survival Guide: This is Teaching Channel's hub for all things -- blog posts, videos, and discussion groups -- related to first-year teaching. Topics covered include classroom management, planning, classroom culture, and first-year teaching advice. Be sure to check out 8 Essential Skills for New Teachers, a video playlist providing useful first-year tips and ideas.
- New Teacher Resources from TeacherVision: This roundup from TeacherVision covers all the bases. Really, it seems there an answer here for just about every new teacher question.
- The Best Advice for New Teachers from Larry Ferlazzo: On his personal site, author Ferlazzo has a fabulous roundup of links to great teacher advice from around the web. Some pieces are thought provoking, some lighthearted, but either way, it's a great list of experienced educators sharing their thoughts with teachers new to the profession.
A Few Quick Reads: Advice for New Teachers
If you're looking for quick tips, easy-to-implement ideas, and practical advice, here are articles for new teachers covering a range of topics. Not only are these articles useful, but new teachers would benefit from bookmarking them to revisit later.
- 101 Things You Can Do in the First Three Weeks of Class, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
- It's Actually OK to Smile Before Christmas, and Other Tips for New Teachers, EducationWeek
- Phases of First-Year Teaching, New Teacher Center
- Advice for First-Year Teachers, Teaching Tolerance
- First-Year Teacher Tips, Falling Into First
- My View: Advice to a New Teacher, CNN Schools of Thought
- Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year, Edutopia