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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.

What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher

Now, almost two decades after my first year in the classroom, here's a few things I wish I'd known about myself, about teaching, and about my students.

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.

New Teachers: Resource Roundup

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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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Ten Websites for Science Teachers

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Summer Reading and Rejuvenation

Summer vacation is teachers' opportunity for self-rediscovery, and Josh Block shares nine books that will help make him the teacher he wants to be.

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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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Summer Professional Development with MOOCs

Summer is a great time for teachers to enroll in a MOOC -- a "Massive Open Online Course." Blogger Matt Davis highlights a few summer courses to consider.

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Teacher for Hire: Tips for Finding Summer Employment

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson suggests several employment alternatives to teaching summer school.

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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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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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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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How to Create a Professional Learning Community

It takes careful planning to form a useful and functional PLC, but once the foundation is built, the benefits will soon be evident.

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Takeaways from Math Methods: How Will You Teach Effectively?

Guest blogger Jennifer Bay-Williams, educator and author, shares three critical ideas that she wants her preservice math teachers to learn, each connected with a basic understanding of how their students will think and acquire knowledge.

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Tech-Fueled Differentiated Instruction Engages Elementary School Students

At Forest Lake Elementary School, in Columbia, South Carolina, achievement has soared since educators started using new technology to personalize the learning experience for each student.

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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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You Only Get One "First Day of School"

Blogger and veteran teacher Lisa Mims reminds us that we only get one 'first day of school' (even we've already been there 28 times!) and offers seven tips for making a good impression on our students.

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New Teachers: Resource Roundup

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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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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