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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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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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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice 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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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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Showing Your "School Family" Some Love

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, offers four simple suggestions about how to show some love for your school family.

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EduCon: Not Your Typical "Sit and Git" Conference

Blogger Adam Provost, fresh from EduCon 2.5, shares the excitement and engagement of spending a convention with educators eager to put their ideas in motion.

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Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year: A Follow Up

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis revisits her survey of experienced teachers to offer their advice about goals, resources and cautions.

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The Well-Behaved Teacher: Avoiding Santa's "Naughty" List

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano, courtesy of inside sources at the North Pole, reveals five ways for teachers to stay off Santa's Naughty list.

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Instructional Pacing: How Do Your Lessons Flow?

Blogger Rebecca Alber offers teachers valuable tips for instructional pacing.

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Parents and Teachers: Turning Conflicts Into Partnerships

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips looks beneath the surface of parent-teacher conflicts to reveal that it's often about differing perspectives that can be easily resolved.

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Teachers Helping Teachers: Eight Ways to Prevent Burnout

Teacher and blogger Katy Farber offers some ideas for teachers to create supportive networks to keep from burning out.

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Career and Technical Education: Research Roundup

Evidence of success in lowering the dropout rate and raising grades.

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Progress, Not Perfection: Three Tips for Your Journey

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs reminisces about her early days as a teacher and how she learned that appreciating her own progress ultimately mattered more than being perfect in every way.

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The Well-Behaved Teacher: Avoiding Santa's "Naughty" List

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano, courtesy of inside sources at the North Pole, reveals five ways for teachers to stay off Santa's Naughty list.

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5 Parent-Teacher Conference Prep Tips

When prepping for parent conferences, communicate with them early and often, keep data handy, balance the conversation, invite the student, and make the experience pleasant.

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Let’s Not "Fall" Behind: Three Tips to Help You Stay Organized

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs offers an inspiring strategy for teachers overwhelmed by the first two months of school's demands and details.

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Resources for Growing Your Professional Learning Network

Get ideas and tips for creating connections and developing a network.

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