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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.
May 10, 2013
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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
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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