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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.

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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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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Why New Teachers Need Mentors

Guest blogger David Cutler shares his warm memories of those who helped him early in his teaching career as an illustration of why mentoring is of critical importance to new teachers.

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5 Myths That Sabotage Our Love of Teaching

Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips takes an unflinching look at five counterproductive and emotionally harmful illusions that reflect what far too many teachers expect of themselves and their students, suggesting that our best really is good enough.

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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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Earn $ for Classroom Materials: Teachers Pay Teachers and the DIY Economy

Guest blogger Rachel Lynette offers some development and marketing tips for selling your self-designed creative resources through the Teachers pay Teachers community.

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The Best Education Posts of 2013: The Edutopia Top 10 Deep Dive

Guest blogger Vicki Davis, computer science teacher and IT integrator, reflects on Edutopia's top ten blog posts in 2013, why she likes them, and how their takeaways could benefit any teacher who reads them.

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Summer Professional Development: Play!

Teaching takes creativity so here's some suggestions for engaging in some playful learning this summer.

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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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New Teachers: Preparing, Planning, and Building Support Systems

To set the stage for a successful first year of teaching, it’s important to do some advance planning and preparation. We’ve collected a variety of resources to help new teachers start the year off right.

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Parents and Teachers: Turning Conflicts Into Partnerships

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.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: TED Talks for Teachers

Resources for teaching and learning with TED Talks.

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Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online

Expert advice on shifting from brick and mortar to bytes and bits.

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Back to School Stress: Establishing Good Habits

Education writer Erin Osborne offers compassionate and commonsense advice for beating back-to-school stress by developing good self-care habits.

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