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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.


7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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5 "Be's" for Connected and Curious Educators

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30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

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7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

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13 Common Sayings to Avoid

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5 "Be's" for Connected and Curious Educators

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Fret-Free Field Trips: Create a Timeline for Success

Successful school field trips require efficient planning, clear communication, and being prepared for anything. Here are some sample timelines for making it all work.

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What New Teachers Need to Know About PD

For new teachers, professional development opportunities are as close as your phone or tablet. Quick, deep resources include Instagram, Feedly, Google Classroom, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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How Educators Can Manage Stress and Build Resilience

Noticing the micro-moments of hope, growth, beauty, and inspiration is a key resilience building skill. Here's some suggestions on how to do it.

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Elementary Classroom: Making the Most of the First Month

Check out these important activities for developing community and learning goals with elementary school students.

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Ways to Cultivate Your Emotional Resilience This Year

Here are some tips for educators who need to manage stress, boost their emotional energy reserves, and recapture their joy for teaching and leading in schools.

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The Power of Keeping Your Cool

Check out these tips for remaining calm and cool in the classroom while still responding (not reacting) to misbehavior.

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Positive, Not Punitive, Classroom-Management Tips

In the first of two excerpts from his latest book, teacher and blogger Larry Ferlazzo offers some classroom-management tips that are positive, not punitive.

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You Only Get One "First Day of School"

Blogger and veteran teacher Lisa Mims reminds us that we only get one 'first day of school' (even we've already been there 28 times!) and offers seven tips for making a good impression on our students.

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Classroom-Management Strategies for Elementary Teachers

Blogger and teacher Gaetan Pappalardo teaches educators on how to manage student behavior and needs. (Updated 01/2014)

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Back to School: Preparing for Day One

Six tips for helping both new and seasoned teachers have a successful first day of school.

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New Teachers: Lesson and Curriculum Planning

Explore a diverse collection of curriculum-planning tips, guidance, and other resources meant to help new teachers plan effective activities, lessons, and units.

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6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

Check for understanding, manage your students, and build classroom community with these six opening and closing classroom routines.

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Big Ideas for Better Schools: Ten Ways to Improve Education

Ideas for students, teachers, schools, and communities.

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Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning

Explore Edutopia's curated compilation of online resources for understanding and beginning to implement project-based learning.

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