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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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13 Common Sayings to Avoid

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Summer Professional Development: Play!

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

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13 Common Sayings to Avoid

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Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning

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#Teachingis Adapting

Edutopia blogger Josh Block, reflecting on the prompt 'what #Teachingis,' considers some of the identities and role juggled by teachers: powerful voice, facilitator, conflict resolver, mentor, model, consultant, scholar, observer . . .

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Closing Out vs. Fading Out: 5 Steps for Ending the Year Strong

Guest blogger Petra Claflin of YES Prep Public Schools stresses the importance of close-out conversations with instructional teachers, and suggests five steps to help educators end the year strong while looking ahead to next fall.

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Reflections of a School Year

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson proposes that as teachers reflect on the school year, they should consider what their staplers might say about their classrooms.

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12 Choices to Help You Step Back From Burnout

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis believes teacher burnout is the result of choices that we make. To counter those fateful decisions, she offers 12 positive choices centered on reasonable priorities, self-care, and good attitudes.

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For Effective Schools, Teamwork is Not Optional

Guest blogger Sean Glaze, a faculty team-building specialist, insists that teachers need to avoid isolation and secrecy in order to grow in their practice. He suggests that school administrations encourage and support teamwork among their staff.

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Teachers Matter (Now More Than Ever)

Educator, author, consultant and guest blogger Angela Maiers reminds us with passion and positivity about why teachers still matter, culminating with a heartfelt list of nine things that they do every day - and do gladly.

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Appreciate Teachers By Understanding What They Do

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz suggests that the best way to celebrate teacher appreciation week is focusing on the reality of what teaching means rather than falling back on outdated assumptions or news media-induced perceptions.

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The Reflective Teacher: Taking a Long Look

Reflection is critical to your continued growth as a teacher, whether you seek student feedback, leave yourself sticky notes, or blog your thoughts for colleagues.

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Cheat Sheet for the First Days of School

Jose Vilson suggests three simple habits to ease teachers' transition from summer vacation to the start of a new school year.

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Mastering the Teaching Game

After listening to an interview with top tennis coach Sven Groeneveld, Carol Tomlinson clarifies eight essential principles that teaching shares with high-level sports coaching.

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Earn $ for Classroom Materials: Teachers Pay Teachers and the DIY Economy

Guest blogger Rachel Lynette offers some development and marketing tips for selling your self-designed creative resources through the Teachers pay Teachers community.

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Resources and Downloads for SEL Classroom Management

Educators from Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, have shared a some social and emotional learning tools, and we've gathered some of our favorite resources as well.

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Why Edcamp?

Edcamps are informal sessions by and for teachers, where anyone can present, and the focus is on collaboration and connections, group expertise, tech tools, and instructional design.

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You're Gonna Hear Me Roar: Overcoming Classroom Stage Fright

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley examines the causes of sage-on-the-stage fright and suggests ten useful and amusing tips for teachers who need to chillax and/or energize themselves so that they can teach without fear.

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