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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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Avoiding New Teacher Burnout

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How to Create a Professional Learning Community

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Reflecting for Change, From Journaling to Blogging

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Reflecting for Change, From Journaling to Blogging

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How to Create a Professional Learning Community

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Avoiding New Teacher Burnout

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Essential Habits of an Excellent Educator

As an educator, you are what you do, so establish a good workflow, make assessment a routine, and develop personal habits to sustain your excellence.

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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis asks her students for professional development help, ending the year with in-class focus groups, a survey, and a call for anonymous notes that will guide her in improving her practice next year.

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Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces

From innovative, intelligent seating arrangements to relevant, engaging bulletin boards, your students deserve a classroom space that stimulates and facilitates their learning.

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Full-Time Comeback: A Reflection

Returning full-time to the classroom, one teacher reflects on trading his influence within the school community for making a daily difference in his students' lives.

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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

The summer is almost here. If you are like most educators, this is when you find the time to read your "teacher books" and learn about all those exciting strategies and resources that will give your classroom a fresh look in the fall. Here are five...

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The "Fast and Furious" Homestretch

As the school year wraps up, savor the progress you've made as a teacher and team member, how you've helped others, and how they've helped you.

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Sometimes Misbehavior Is Not What It Seems

When Sigmund Freud reportedly said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," the key word was "sometimes," because sometimes a cigar is more than a cigar. So it is with understanding misbehavior. Sometimes the reason for misbehavior is very different...

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Essential Habits of an Excellent Educator

As an educator, you are what you do, so establish a good workflow, make assessment a routine, and develop personal habits to sustain your excellence.

4 2,050 54,178 views
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Tools for Teaching: Developing Active Readers

Blogger and education professor Rebecca Alber shares five strategies teachers can use with students of all ages to improve their comprehension and critical reading skills.

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20 Tidbits for New Teachers

From wikis to blogs to social media in the classroom, blogger and educator Lisa Dabbs shares twenty great ideas for new teachers.

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New Teachers: Technology-Integration Basics

Find tips, strategies, tools, and other resources to help new teachers successfully integrate technology to facilitate educational objectives in the classroom.

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How Can I Be a Better Teacher Next Fall?

Educator and blogger Richard Curwin reminds us that it's never too early for teachers to consider how they could improve next fall, and offers us six suggestions for getting started now.

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Backwards Planning Takes Thinking Ahead

Blogger and teacher education instructor Rebecca Alber compares backwards lesson planning to prepping for a vacation. (Updated 10/2013)

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Tools for Teaching: How to Transform Direct Instruction

Blogger Rebecca Alber encourages teachers to transform their direct instruction into more student-centered learning activities.

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