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Best Resources for New Teachers

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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.

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.

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Ms. Jordan's picture
Ms. Jordan
4h Grade Math Teacher

Thanks for the resources. I found some of them to be very helpful and a great guide to my future students success. Also a great tool to help me through presenting new curriculum to the class.

Henry C. Darnell's picture
Henry C. Darnell
4-8 Generalist Pre-Service Teacher Canidate

Thank you for the blog post, it is relevant to my career because when looking at the one and a half years left i have left to go before i go into the classroom it is great to see materials and resources tat will help me in the long run.

Timo's picture

Thank you for the resources.

Please allow me to add http://www.gynzy.com to the list.

It is definitely worth a try. It is web based so it works on all interactive whiteboards and you don't need training to get the most out of this because it is truly easy to use.

T_HEB's picture

A good collection of resources. Thank you.

When I began my career a long time ago I found The First Six Weeks Of School by Roxann Kriete and Teaching Children To Care by Ruth Charney to be powerful resources. I still revisit them every summer as I prepare for a new school year.

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Greg Schnagl
Founder & Editor of TeacherCentricity.com

You hit a significant chord when you wrote of revisiting resources each year. Beginning teachers have unique needs and concerns, yes. But it is vital for experienced teachers to revisit and refresh each summer to maintain the necessary passion and relevancy to be an effective educator.

Ray Mathis's picture
Ray Mathis
Retired Health Ed Teacher certified in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

I invite everyone to visit a website I created for teachers on what I call Teacher ESP - Effectiveness and Stress Prevention.


I was a classroom teacher (health education) for 33 years, and certainly had my own struggles, especially when I first started. Being a health education teacher, I also was tasked with helping my kids prevent or deal with all those mental health, health, social and behavioral issues and problems kids so often struggle with. One day I was ranting to a counselor friend and he said "Look Ray, it's your choice how you want to feel". When I calmed down, he told me about Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) and Education (REBE), the work of the late Dr. Albert Ellis. I took classes in REBT/REBE offered in the Chicago area for teachers, all of them, and became certified in REBE. Changed my life and the way I taught health education, which I hope also changed many of my students lives. Teacher ESP is based on what I call "The Mental and Emotional Tool Kit for Life", which in turn is based on REBT/REBE.

I believe we should teach these "tools" to all new and current teachers. I speak to teachers, including student teachers on a regular basis about these "tools". I also advocate teaching them to all students. Learning them help me personally and professionally, and teaching them to kids made my job easier and more rewarding, especially when I volunteered to take on the toughest, most troublesome kids at my wife's school after I retired from the classroom.

An important thing to always remember is that people have to be in the right mental and emotional place to make the best choices for themselves and others. Too often people aren't, including teachers. We can give them effective strategies for classroom management, but they have to be able to get in the best mental and emotional place to access and act on what we give them. Too many struggle to get there. The "tools" help them do so. BTW, Dr. Robert Marzano calls this "emotional objectivity", and the key to it is mindset.

Likewise, kids also have to be in the right mental and emotional place to be ready, willing and able to learn and be taught. Too many struggle to get there. We've never done enough to help those who do. Teaching these "tools" to teachers, and then having them teach them to students would do that. They can give kids (and teachers) the Mental and Emotional Fitness to function at levels they are capable of, and that we and they want to.

These "tools" can also act like a form of Mental and Emotional Karate, and therefore be a wonderful approach to the problem of bullying.


Ray Mathis's picture
Ray Mathis
Retired Health Ed Teacher certified in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

BTW, the link for the Mental and Emotional Tool Kit for Life is:


And if you want suggestions about how to better deal with the most troublesome and troubled students you have, here's a link about the "Tool Time" approach I took with those students at my wife's school.


Behavioral management is what young teachers often get taught, but it's important that we see behavior at merely the tip of the iceberg. It's also a symptom of thoughts and feelings kids need help with, rather than just some problem to be eliminated. Too often, simply taking a behavioral management approach to behavior we don't like in classrooms and schools not only doesn't make things better, but even makes matters worse, because of the way our actions interact with the thoughts and feelings a student already has. It's why we end up with a school to prison pipeline. If behavioral management worked well, we wouldn't have that.

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