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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.

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.

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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Shoes for Teachers: What's on Your Feet?

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Helping New Teachers Beat the Back-to-School Jitters with Twitter

Edutopia blogger and education consultant Lisa Michelle Dabbs highlights some of the most helpful tweets from New Teacher Chat, an online discussion on Twitter between educators at different career levels.

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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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Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis reviews the comments of teachers reflecting on the lessons learned in their first year of service.

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Starting a New School Year: Nine Tips for Collaboration

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick emphasizes collaboration in the classroom, with colleagues, and across global PLNs as a successful strategy for starting the school year right.

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Eight Ways to Save Money on School Supplies

Edutopia blogger Terry Heick provides eight timely suggestions for teachers torn between adequately preparing their classrooms and breaking their personal budgets.

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The Butterflies of August

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano shares his four-point strategy for chasing away those stomach butterflies that often precede the start of another school year.

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5 Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs invites new teachers to consider the meaning of Connected Educator Month and how connecting will help them succeed this year and beyond. (Updated 10/2013)

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How to Teach with Technology

Students fire off new lesson plans for the digital classroom.

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New Teachers: Preparing, Planning, and Building Support Systems

To set the stage for a successful first year of teaching, it’s important to do some advance planning and preparation. We’ve collected a variety of resources to help new teachers start the year off right.

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New Teachers: A Primer on Assessment

n this guide for new teachers, learn about different types of assessment and how they can be used to provide feedback to learners and inform instruction.

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New Teacher Academy: How to Work With Parents

In week four of Lisa Dabbs' New Teacher Academy series, guest blogger Shelly Sanchez Terrell talks about the benefits of working with the parents of students.

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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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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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