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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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    Supporting New Teachers This Year

    For new teachers, this year will have challenges beyond the ordinary, and mentoring by their more experienced colleagues will be invaluable.
    Laurel Schwartz
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    How Novice and Expert Teachers Approach Classroom Management Differently

    A 2021 study reveals the ways in which new and experienced teachers think about discipline—plus 6 takeaways for managing your classroom effectively this year.
    8.3k
  • 4 Tips for New Teachers on Building a Strong Career Foundation

    Teaching can be a tough job—as the past year and any veteran will tell you—so finding ways to make it sustainable is imperative.
  • New Teachers: How to Start Your First Year With Confidence

    A set of strategies ranging from the simple—like organizing your room each day—to more complex ideas like turning your teaching philosophy into actions.
    990
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    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
    47.3k
  • 4 Common Classroom Management Mistakes New Teachers Make—and How to Avoid Them

    New elementary teachers, take heart: Classroom management is hard, but not impossible. Keep these ideas in mind as you get started.
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  • A Framework for Managing Teacher-Student Conflicts

    An assistant principal shares advice for new teachers on when to handle student misbehavior on their own and when to seek help.
    792
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    7 Classroom Management Mistakes—and the Research on How to Fix Them

    Whether our emotions get the best of us, or we fall into familiar but unproductive habits, here are 7 common classroom management mistakes, and what the research suggests you should do instead.
    15.4k
  • No One Starts Out Awesome: Advice for New Teachers

    There is no single strategy for success. But positivity, flexibility, a desire to keep improving, and empathy will help along the way.
    995
  • 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    Most teachers have a method of calling for quiet, and we’ve collected a variety of good ideas for elementary, middle, and high school.
    86.5k
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    Beginning the New Year on a Positive Note

    An educational consultant shares ideas for fostering a positive learning environment gleaned from teachers and administrators around the country.
    176
  • Simple Ways to Create a Positive Pre-K Environment

    Classroom management centered on kindness can help new teachers set their young students up for success in school.
    438
  • A closeup of a high school girl sitting at a purple desk. She's writing, looking down at her paper. Other students are sitting behind her, slightly blurred.

    19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    Successful classroom management relies on a handful of fundamental strategies and a larger number of quick interventions.
    44.6k
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    Context Is Everything for Effective Grammar Instruction

    Looking at writing in meaningful contexts, including cartoons, helps students see how they can apply the rules of English.
    753
  • photo of young students sitting at desks in a classroom

    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.
    23.9k

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