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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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Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning

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Best Resources for New Teachers

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Hippocratic Oath for Educators

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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Best Resources for New Teachers

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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

Blogger Elena Aguilar proposes that teachers make positive phone calls home common practice.

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20 Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

Strategies for a safe, open, and community-centered classroom environment.

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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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Essential Habits of an Excellent Educator

As an educator, you are what you do, so establish a good workflow, make assessment a routine, and develop personal habits to sustain your excellence.

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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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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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Full-Time Comeback: A Reflection

Returning full-time to the classroom, one teacher reflects on trading his influence within the school community for making a daily difference in his students' lives.

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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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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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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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New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments

For new teachers, this resource compilation includes tips and guides on classroom design and layout to help maximize the possibilities of the learning environment.

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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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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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New Teachers: Lesson and Curriculum Planning

Explore a diverse collection of curriculum-planning tips, guidance, and other resources meant to help new teachers plan effective activities, lessons, and units.

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