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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

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.

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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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

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There's No Such Thing as "Just a Teacher"

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Summer Professional Development With MOOCs

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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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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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Back to School: Preparing for Day One

Six tips for helping both new and seasoned teachers have a successful first day of school.

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Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher

How can we expect students to aspire to be great if we are not also aspiring for greatness?

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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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Summer Professional Development: Play!

Teaching takes creativity so here's some suggestions for engaging in some playful learning this summer.

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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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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Can I Be a Better Teacher Next Fall?

Educator and blogger Richard Curwin reminds us that it's never too early for teachers to consider how they could improve next fall, and offers us six suggestions for getting started now.

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Using Project-Based Learning to Teach World Languages

World Languages community discussion group facilitator Don Doehla uses project-based learning to teach foreign language and meet state standards. He supplies three lessons as examples.

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

On-the-spot scaffolding is an essential skill for teachers. Check out these three strategies for assisting students when they struggle.

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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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New Teacher Academy: Classroom Management

Blogger Lisa Dabbs introduces the New Teacher Academy with help from Justin Stortz, who discusses the not-so-secret basics of classroom management.

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Walking the Walk: An Educator's Perspective From All Views

Guest blogger Lori Desautels decides to walk the walk of her pre-service and graduate students at Marian University's School of Education as she returns to public school and co-teaches a brain-compatible curriculum to fifth graders.

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Tools for Teaching: Developing Active Readers

Blogger and education professor Rebecca Alber shares five strategies teachers can use with students of all ages to improve their comprehension and critical reading skills.

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