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New Teachers

For new teachers who seek support and want to share the challenges and triumphs of first starting out in the classroom.

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New Teachers: How to Use Data to Inform Instruction

One of the greatest challenges for new teachers is collecting classroom data and figuring out ways to use it. Here's some helpful suggestions for taking on this task.

What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher

The first year of teaching is incredibly challenging for most. New teachers are overwhelmed by all the daily decisions and feelings of being overloaded. This will get better.

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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

Check out these five management strategies new teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.

7-Step Prep: Make a Weekly Plan for YOU!

Advance planning is essential for a week of effective teaching, yet the most effective planning system will let you incorporate and track those on-the-fly changes.

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Resources Toolkit for New Teachers

From classroom management to working with parents, lesson planning to learning environments, this compilation of blogs, videos, and other resources provides an array of tips and advice for teachers just starting out.

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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13 Common Sayings to Avoid

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6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

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10 Tips for Surviving and Thriving Your First Year Teaching

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13 Common Sayings to Avoid

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New Teachers: Technology-Integration Basics

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New Teachers: Lesson and Curriculum Planning

Explore a diverse collection of curriculum-planning tips, guidance, and other resources meant to help new teachers plan effective activities, lessons, and units.

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Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning

Explore Edutopia's curated compilation of online resources for understanding and beginning to implement project-based learning.

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Best Resources for New Teachers

Explore some of the best resources for novice teachers from a variety of sources, including advice on classroom management, lesson planning, and building relationships with parents.

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Easing the Stress of Evaluations for Teachers

Teachers approaching their summative evaluations with a growth mindset will bridge the divide and diminish the adversarial relationship with the administrator, who is on their side.

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Reboot: 5 Resources for Teacher Inspiration

Whether snacking on TED-Ed videos, reading with purpose, checking into a smile backchannel, or chuckling at hashtags and memes, you're never far from relief and inspiration.

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Stop, Drop, and Roll With It: Teacher Burnout Prevention

Prevent teacher burnout by sustaining yourself with a non-education hobby, finding a teammate for shared venting, regular journaling or blogging, and finding reasons to laugh.

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Finding a New and Better Job in Education

To find a more fulfilling job in education, clarify your goals and skills, network with other educators, strengthen your resume, and fully understand any position being offered.

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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

Here are five books that will add some fun, practicality, data-driven findings, digital thinking, and connectivity to your PD reading this summer.

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

Tyler Hester, teacher and professional development coach, offers seven compelling tips - and one amazing video - about the roots of better classroom management.

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Why Is Teacher Development Important?: Because Students Deserve the Best

Teacher-preparation programs provide educators-to-be with the tools, mentors, and hands-on experience they'll need once they begin their career.

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20 Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

Strategies for a safe, open, and community-centered classroom environment.

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Don't Quit: 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day Teaching

To recover from your worst day of teaching, cry on a friendly shoulder, breathe, plan for community, prioritize, get perspective -- and please don't quit!

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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

Blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that teachers make positive phone calls home common practice.

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7 Learning Zones Every Classroom Must Have

As you plan next year's curriculum and activities, consider how you'll use your classroom space. Here are seven learning zones to help focus your students.

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