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.
Resources by Topic:
- Classroom Management
- Lesson Planning
- Cultivating the Learning Environment
- Working with Parents
- Building Relationships
- Preparing for the School Year
- Additional Resources on the Web
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- Don't Reinvent the Wheel: Seven Tips for New Elementary Teachers to Save Energy, Time and Tears, by Otis Kriegel (2013)
Get great advice on how to get off to a good start and be more effective on day one.
- Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom Management Tips - Part 1 and Part 2, by Larry Ferlazzo (2013)
In these two excerpts from his latest book, teacher and blogger Larry Ferlazzo offers some classroom management tips that are positive, not punitive.
- New Teacher Academy: Classroom Management, by Lisa Dabbs (2012)
In this five-part series, Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs provides a framework for novice teachers approaching their first years. Other posts in the series explore lesson planning, delivery of instruction, encouraging parent engagement, and building relationships with students and colleagues.
- Five Quick Classroom Management Tips for Novice Teachers, by Rebecca Alber (2012)
Blogger Rebecca Alber presents five management strategies new teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.
- Classroom Guide: Ten Tips for Classroom Management, by Edutopia Staff (2011)
This Edutopia Classroom Guide provides examples and strategies for K-12 teachers to help improve student engagement and build a positive climate for learning.
- What's the Secret to Effective Classroom Management? by Maurice Elias (2011)
Blogger Maurice Elias shares the secret to effective classroom management.
- Classroom Management Strategies for Elementary Teachers by Gaetan Pappalardo (2011)
Blogger Gaetan Pappalardo offers advice on how to answer common questions in the classroom that may seem trivial, but can easily stump the amateur teacher.
- Tricks of the Trade: Classroom Management Tips for Teachers (Video Playlist), by Edutopia Staff (2009)
This compilation of short videos from educators explores how to keep it all together in class. You can also suggest your favorite strategies and tactics in Edutopia's classroom management discussion group.
- Reframing and Refining the Worksheet, by Andrew Miller (2013)
Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller assures us that "worksheet" doesn't have to be a dirty word, even in a PBL project.
- Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core, by Susan Riley (2012)
Arts integration specialist Susan Riley looks at some of the ways in which teaching with the arts can meet and enhance Common Core requirements.
- Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration, by Edutopia Staff (2012)
From our Schools That Work series: Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.
- Resources and Lesson Plans for Financial Literacy, by Edutopia Staff (2012)
From our Schools That Work series: Educators from Ariel Community Academy, a K-8 school in Chicago, provided lesson plans and Web resources to help you get started with teaching financial literacy.
- Lesson Planning and the Common Core: A Unit Based on TED.com, by Heather Wolpert-Gawron (2011)
Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares a blended genre unit where students research and write their own persuasive speeches in the TED.com format.
- Lesson 3: Tips for Lesson Planning from Citizen Schools, by Jenny Parma (2008)
Start creating your lessons with these tips and activities from Citizen Schools, a national network of after-school programs that connects students with adult mentors and uses project-learning curricula. This article is the third lesson in a series from Citizen Schools with features on classroom management, creating lessons for different learning styles, and other topics.
Cultivating the Learning Environment
- Climate Control: Six Ways to Improve Your School Environment, by Allen Mendler (2013)
Educational consultant and blogger Allen Mendler suggests six ways for any teacher to help build a positive school climate.
- Building a Positive, Trusting Classroom Environment, by José Vilson (2012)
Teacher and blogger José Vilson shares three suggestions for building a positive, trusting classroom environment.
- Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment, by Rebecca Alber (2011)
Blogger Rebecca Alber provides 20 tips for helping teachers create a safe learning environment.
- Student-Centered Learning Environments: How and Why, by Paul Bogdan (2011)
This collection of resources from guest blogger Paul Bogdan shows how to develop student-centered learning environments.
- How Classroom Environment Can Ignite Learning and Cultivate Caring, by Elena Aguilar (2010)
School improvement coach Elena Aguilar highlights ways to design and decorate your classroom to foster learning and caring in students.
- A Community of Learners: Building a Supportive Learning Environment, by Bob Lenz (2007)
Creating a safe, respectful school is a foundation for high-performance learning, writes blogger Bob Lenz in this 2007 post.
Working with Parents
- Five Resources for Parent-Teacher Conferences, by Matt Davis (2013)
Edutopia blogger Matt Davis curated this list of resources to improve parent-teacher conferences, including ideas for highlighting student progress and questions every parent should ask.
- Parents and Teachers: Turning Conflicts Into Partnerships, by Mark Phillips (2012)
Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips looks beneath the surface of parent-teacher conflicts to reveal that it's often about differing perspectives that can be easily resolved.
- The Power of Academic Parent-Teacher Teams, by Anne O'Brien (2012)
Blogger Anne O'Brien outlines how teachers can team with parents to help them better understand their children's academic learning goals.
- Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing, by Elena Aguilar (2012)
School improvement coach Elena Aguilar offers up useful suggestions for teachers when sitting down with parents. "The Power of the Positive Call Home" and "Twenty Tips for Developing Positive Relationships with Parents" are other useful blogs from Aguilar.
- Engaging Parents: An Elementary Teacher's Field Guide, by Gaetan Pappalardo (2011)
Edutopia blogger Gaetan Pappalardo offers tips and advice on how teachers can make a real difference by engaging with parents more deeply.
- How to Strengthen Parent Involvement and Communication, by Edutopia Staff (2010)
Getting parents engaged in their children's education can be beneficial for everyone. We've compiled some tips to help improve the connection from home to school and expand parent involvement.
- Cultivating Parent Engagement, by Edutopia Staff (2009)
A focus on family involvement is one reason for student success in the rigorous college-prep environment at YES Prep North Central in Houston, Texas.
- Fostering Relationships in the Classroom, by Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski (2012)
Teachers Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski share six activities that help build and maintain positive relationships in the classroom.
- Student-Teacher Relationships Can Be Built Five Minutes at a Time, by Dan Ouellette (2009)
Former educator Dan Ouellette shares his experience with connecting to kids in a busy inner-city classroom.
- Philip Wright on Building Relationships, by Edutopia Staff (2009)
YES Prep North Central's former principal talks about finding balance as an administrator and the importance of cultivating relationships.
- The Four R's: Relationships in Twenty-First-Century Schools, by Bob Lenz (2008)
Envision Schools co-founder Bob Lenz describes the structures and strategies they use to help build trusting and caring relationships with students.
- Developing Students' Trust: The Key to a Learning Partnership, by Ben Johnson (2008)
To empower students who are willing partners in education, teachers must learn to trust them, writes Ben Johnson in this blog post.
Preparing for the First Year
- Cheat Sheet for the First Days of School, by José Vilson (2012)
Blogger José Vilson suggests three simple habits to ease teachers' transition from summer vacation to the start of a new school year.
- Starting a New School Year: Nine Tips for Collaboration, by Terry Heick (2012)
Edutopia blogger Terry Heick emphasizes collaboration in the classroom, with colleagues, and across global PLNs as a successful strategy for starting the school year right.
- Tee Up the New School Year with Tips from Connected Educators, by Suzie Boss (2012)
Blogger Suzie Boss highlights tips from educators and administrators who are connecting and collaborating online.
- Five Tips to Help You Soar This September, by Danielle Moss Lee (2012)
Harlem Educational Activities Fund President and CEO Danielle Moss Lee shares five tips that will help you lay a solid foundation for the new year.
- Four Simple Tips to Start the Year Strong, by Nicholas Provenzano (2011)
Setting a positive, approachable tone in the classroom on the first day of class will pay off in the long run.
- How to Make Planning for Next Year Fun, by Elena Aguilar (2009)
Tips on how to plan, when to plan, and what to plan for the coming school year are covered in this post from blogger Elena Aguilar.