The first years of practice can be a time of great hope and exhilaration -- and fatigue and anxiety. This group is designed to allow new teachers and veterans alike to connect and share that sense of community that is so important in the first years.

Welcome to Bridges!

Stephen Hurley Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman

Greetings and welcome to Bridges: The First Years of Practice. I look forward to working with you to create a forum for the lively and supportive exchange of ideas and insights related to the beginning stages of professional teaching practice.

Although it has been a quarter of a century since my first years of classroom teaching, I can still remember those foundational experiences and relationships that I encountered when I first graduated from my teacher education program. While the support I received didn't prevent me from making mistakes or questioning the job that I was doing, it did help me to keep things in perspective, maintain a sense of balance as well as a sense of humor about what I was experiencing.

I'm hoping that teachers from all stages of their careers will feel comfortable forming a network of support here for those in their first years of practice.

I will be posting a few questions that might help get the conversation going, but feel free to jump in with your own topics and ideas as well.

Looking forward to the journey!

stephen hurley

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I'm a writing teacher in Kansas City

New Teachers

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One of the most important things for new teachers is encouragement. Without the support of a community, I know I'd be struggling a lot more this year. Thanks for creating yet another great way to connect with meaningful information in education.

Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman

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Hi Steve,

Thanks for the post. We look forward to hearing more about your year as it continues!

stephen

ELL Tutor

Praxis II

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I have been frustrated because I have my master's degree in Instruction and Curriculum, but have failed the Praxis II (0042) six times. I am a tutor in a middle school and I enjoy helping the students, but that is not what I want to be doing. Does anyone have any encouragement, advice and suggestions on what to do to pass this test?

Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman

Praxis II

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Hi Karen,

I'm thinking that the best place to begin would be to carefully analyze the data and feedback that were returned to you from the testing organization. This should indicate areas of your work that need the most attention.

I also know that ETS offers study weekends and courses to help prepare candidates.

Those are two ideas that come to mind.

Stephen

Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Praxis I & II test information

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Another community member wrote me privately and said

This site is a great resource for Praxis I & II test information. It's got a lot of free practice questions.

You might want to link to it as a resource for teachers:

www.praxisiitest.com

Hope this helps!
betty

Science Teacher from the Capital District Region, New York

Praxis II

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I may be late, but I would also recommend the Kaplan Praxis study guide. It helped me with my studying, and the practice tests helped me focus on the areas I needed more work on.

Middle School History teacher-to-be and Mother in Tacoma, Washington

Teacher-to-be

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Hello everyone,

I am new to edutopia and am very excited to have joined this community and am eager to browse through the various blogs and information provided here. I am a second-year M.A.T. student at Seattle Pacific University and will be teaching secondary history/social studies. I will be starting my internship experience in the fall and am very excited to get into the classroom. I am certain that the information and support that I receive from this community will be invaluable!

Cristal

Edu Consultant. Blogger & Social Media Marketing at Edutopia

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Hi Cristal,

Welcome to Edutopia! So great to have you join us here in the newly renamed "New Teacher Connections Group. I look forward to hearing about your journey as you prepare for your teaching career. Please be sure to explore all the many great resources that Edutopia has to offer!

Best,
Lisa

special education teacher from Willis Texas

Substitute elementary teacher- student teacher

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I am currently finishing my student teaching in fifth grade Social Studies. Hoping to have a teaching contract this year! I am also new to this community. I look forward to being a member of the newbies group.

Edu Consultant. Blogger & Social Media Marketing at Edutopia

Welcome Kathleen! How

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Welcome Kathleen! How wonderful to have you join as we re-launch our group here at Edutopia. We have a new name "New Teacher Connections", new group pic representing the great diversity of teachers and a new facilitator...me! I look forward to connecting with you here. You can also connect with me on Twitter:@teachingwthsoul. Look forward to a new teacher chat to come soon...

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