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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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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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12 Choices to Help You Step Back From Burnout

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Don't Quit: 5 Strategies for Recovering After Your Worst Day Teaching

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

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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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New and Old Challenges for Teacher Candidates

Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, reflecting on his own experience of certification and student teaching, checks in with current candidates about the things that concern and inspire them.

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Second Half Survival: 4 Tips to Get You from January to June

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano is back with more suggestions for avoiding teacher burnout, this time focusing on four simple but critical strategies to keep you feeling good about what you do from January to June.

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Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down

Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar shares ten tips to help teachers take a break and a breath much more often.

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Resources and Downloads for SEL Classroom Management

Educators from Mount Desert Elementary School in Northeast Harbor, Maine, have shared a some social and emotional learning tools, and we've gathered some of our favorite resources as well.

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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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Tools for Teaching: How to Transform Direct Instruction

Blogger Rebecca Alber encourages teachers to transform their direct instruction into more student-centered learning activities.

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Teaching with Passion: Advice for Young Educators

Jonathan Kozol talks about building relationships, fostering creativity, and standing up for students.

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Twenty of My Biggest Teaching Blunders

In the spirit of learning from others' mistakes, blogger Todd Finley outlines his biggest teaching blunders, and invites others to share theirs as well.

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A Definitive Guide to Teacher Checklists

If any Edutopia blogger could dream up making a checklist of checklists, it would be Todd Finley. Teachers, prepare to get organized!

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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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