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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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The Well-Behaved Teacher: Avoiding Santa's "Naughty" List

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano, courtesy of inside sources at the North Pole, reveals five ways for teachers to stay off Santa's Naughty list.

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Instructional Pacing: How Do Your Lessons Flow?

Blogger Rebecca Alber offers teachers valuable tips for instructional pacing.

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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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Mentorship: Teaching the Teachers

Shira Loewenstein, a specialist in new teacher support, makes the case for finding or starting a mentoring program within your own school.

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Supporting New Teachers to Make Global Connections

With help from guest blogger Michele L. Haiken, Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs looks at ways that teachers can expand their classroom walls using global collaboration projects.

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Let’s Not "Fall" Behind: Three Tips to Help You Stay Organized

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs offers an inspiring strategy for teachers overwhelmed by the first two months of school's demands and details.

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Sustaining That Back-to-School Momentum

Edutopia blogger Nick Provenzano offers four strategies for keeping teachers fresh during the Post Back-to-School Doldrums between September and Thanksgiving.

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Back-to-School Night: Communicate Care

More important than how many years you've been teaching or classroom rules is demonstrating to parents that you care.

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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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Finishing the School Year Strong

Larry Ferlazzo shares some great insights to help us step up rather than slack off at the end of the year.

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New Teacher Academy: How to Work With Parents

In week four of Lisa Dabbs' New Teacher Academy series, guest blogger Shelly Sanchez Terrell talks about the benefits of working with the parents of students.

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Technology in the Elementary Classroom

Edutopia's new Tech Integration: Elementary School blogger Mary Beth Hertz introduces herself.

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Resources for Growing Your Professional Learning Network

Get ideas and tips for creating connections and developing a network.

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Substitutes and Diverse Learners: How to Prepare

When creating a plan for substitutes, include the expectations and routines of daily classroom life, as well as how to meet the special needs of diverse learners.

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