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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.

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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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

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On-the-Spot Scaffolding for Students

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What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher

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Reflecting for Change, From Journaling to Blogging

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Teacher Appreciation: Why We Teach

Guest blogger Peg Regan reflects on why teachers teach: they're leaders who serve, fulfilling their own high expectations, giving to those who need to receive it - and ultimately, they were born to teach.

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Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching"

Guest blogger Petra Claflin, Digital Media Manager for YES Prep Public Schools, identifies the problem of 'Q&A teaching' and offers five tips for teachers to examine and improve their modeling and direct instruction practice.

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Like a Wood Duck: Finding Peace in the Classroom

Edutopia blogger Ben Johnson suggests that keeping a calm life as a teacher includes having lessons thoroughly prepared and not taking anything personally from students.

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Adding a Spring to Your Step: 4 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano makes four suggestions for ramping up after the low energy of winter, including more teacher interaction in the building and online, and more teacher-student engagement - both serious and fun.

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Advice from Mentor Teachers for New (and Experienced) Teachers

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller checks in with two mentor teachers to discuss what they do and offer a few nuggets of wisdom for new teachers, mentor teachers and all teachers in general.

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Common Core and Planning: Organizing a Unit of Instruction

Edutopia blogger Todd Finley explains how the Common Core allows for creativity in the ways teachers can plan a unit, and suggests several strategies for hitting the standards while still exercising your free will.

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When Choices are Disguised Threats

Edutopia blogger Rick Curwin looks at the classroom management strategy of correcting student misbehavior by offering choices, and asks us to consider the difference between controlled outcomes and real choices.

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Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online

Expert advice on shifting from brick and mortar to bytes and bits.

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Five Poetry Teaching Tips for New Teachers

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares five poetry teaching tips for new teachers.

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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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Four Simple Tips to Start the Year Strong

Setting a positive, approachable tone in the classroom on the first day of class will pay off in the long run.

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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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Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Seven Tips for New Elementary Teachers to Save Energy, Time, and Tears

Professional development specialist Otis Kriegel offers seven logistical tips for new elementary teachers to help them relax and stay focused on delivering the best possible instruction.

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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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