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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.

What I Wish I'd Known as a New Teacher

The first year of teaching is incredibly challenging for most. New teachers are overwhelmed by all the daily decisions and feelings of being overloaded. This will get better.

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5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

Check out these five management strategies new teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.

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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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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In Their Own Words: Teachers Bullied by Colleagues

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In Their Own Words: Teachers Bullied by Colleagues

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Advice Needed: Picking Up Later in the Year

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19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

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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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Mobile Learning Support for New Teachers

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs offers a few good resources for new teachers interested in bringing mobile learning to their classrooms.

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A Definitive Guide to Teacher Checklists

If any Edutopia blogger could dream up making a checklist of checklists, it would be Todd Finley. Teachers, prepare to get organized!

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Building a Positive, Trusting Classroom Environment

Teacher and blogger Jose Vilson shares three suggestions for building a positive, trusting classroom environment.

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How to Teach with Technology

Students fire off new lesson plans for the digital classroom.

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Conference Time: Chatting With Parents

Make parent-teacher conferences easier for everyone by preparing to show student grades and work, setting parents at ease, listening to them, and remaining positive.

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New Teacher Boot Camp Week 3 - Using Storybird

Boot Campers are playing with this powerful drag-and-drop storytelling tool this week.

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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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Resources for Growing Your Professional Learning Network

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

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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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Mid-Year Reflection: Setting PD Goals

Halfway through the school year, pause to reflect, review your accomplishments, make an action plan going forward, and determine how you'll hold yourself accountable for these goals.

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