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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

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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Rest: The Antidote for Discouragement

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Finding a New and Better Job in Education

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The Power of Keeping Your Cool

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

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5 Tips for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz addresses teacher burnout with suggestions for both educators and administrators. Her tips include an ongoing attitude of professional development, including all stakeholders when things change, and maintaining a...

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5 "Be's" for Connected and Curious Educators

To keep your teaching fresh and effective, learn about colleagues, build community, expect the unexpected, and remain present, involved, current, and curious.

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How People Learn: An Evidence-Based Approach

Deans for Impact believes that teacher educators should focus on how students acquire and retain information to help them build their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

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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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Fret-Free Field Trips: Create a Timeline for Success

Successful school field trips require efficient planning, clear communication, and being prepared for anything. Here are some sample timelines for making it all work.

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What New Teachers Need to Know About PD

For new teachers, professional development opportunities are as close as your phone or tablet. Quick, deep resources include Instagram, Feedly, Google Classroom, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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How Educators Can Manage Stress and Build Resilience

Noticing the micro-moments of hope, growth, beauty, and inspiration is a key resilience building skill. Here's some suggestions on how to do it.

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Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces

From innovative, intelligent seating arrangements to relevant, engaging bulletin boards, your students deserve a classroom space that stimulates and facilitates their learning.

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Ten Websites for Science Teachers

Blogger Eric Brunsell takes us on a tour of his favorite online resources for science teachers.

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Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom-Management Tips

In the first of two excerpts from his latest book, teacher and blogger Larry Ferlazzo offers some classroom-management tips that are positive, not punitive.

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Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing

Check out these useful suggestions for teachers when sitting down with parents.

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Non-Teaching Time

Nobody can "make time," but here are five smart ways to make better use of your non-teaching time with more efficiency and a lot less stress.

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Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down

Check out these ten tips to assist teachers in taking a break and a breath much more often.

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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis asks her students for professional development help, ending the year with in-class focus groups, a survey, and a call for anonymous notes that will guide her in improving her practice next year.

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