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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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 smooth 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 educators and others new-to-the-profession 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 professional relationships. To help you on your way, here are a few other useful tips from around the Web.

  • Pinterest Resource Roundups for Teachers: Many teachers are active on Pinterest -- as is Edutopia -- and there are a ton of awesome pinboards that were designed with new teachers in mind. Take a look at Glenn York Elementary’s board, parent group Small Types’ roundup; and blogger/educator Heather aka HoJo’s list.
  • 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.
  • 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 Around the Web: Author Larry Ferlazzo has a fabulous round-up of links to great teacher advice on his personal site. Some pieces are thought-provoking, some light-hearted; Either way, it's a great list of experienced educators sharing their thoughts with teachers new to the profession.
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