George Lucas Educational Foundation

New Teachers

For new teachers who seek support and want to share the challenges and triumphs of first starting out in the classroom.

  • Curriculum Mapping Tips for New Teachers

    How to go about developing a curriculum that takes into account both your students’ abilities and the initiatives of your building and district.
    Daniel Bailey
  • A Framework for Lesson Planning

    Using learning intentions and success criteria can help teachers ensure that their activities align with what they want students to know.
  • More Talking in World Language Classes

    Fostering an environment where it’s OK to make mistakes is step one in getting students to speak a new language.
  • 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    Most teachers use silencing methods, such as flicking the lights or ringing a call bell. This article explores some additional ideas categorized by grade bands.
    Todd Finley
  • 19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    The year I started teaching seventh- to twelfth-grade English in Minneapolis, Prince launched his song about urban ruin, "Sign o' the Times." That song was an apt musical backdrop for the lives of my students, most of whom lived in poverty and challenged me daily. Fortunately, classroom order improved when I learned that successful classroom management depends on conscientiously executing a few big strategies and a lot of little ones.
  • 5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

    When it comes to managing a classroom, new teachers mostly learn on the fly, but here are some ideas you can use right away.
  • 13 Common Sayings to Avoid

    Teachers should avoid the reflexive language of anger or frustration. Here's a list of these sayings, framed as opportunities to constructively address difficult student behavior.
  • The Biggest Lesson of My First Year Teaching

    A veteran teacher shares how she learned the value of prioritizing relationships when she was just starting out in the classroom.
  • What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher

    A veteran offers essential advice for new teachers and the colleagues who support them.
  • New Teachers: Fundamentals of Classroom Management

    Resources for developing routines, fostering classroom community, managing disruptions, and building student relationships.
  • 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.
  • How to Teach Self-Regulation

    To succeed in school, students need to be able to focus, control their emotions, and adjust to change.
  • 12 Choices to Help You Step Back From Burnout

    A tired teacher is a powder keg waiting for a match. In my bouts with burnout, I've learned that stepping back from the brink is about choice. These 12 choices have helped me recover and be a better teacher for my students.
  • 6 Ways to Build a Rapport With Students

    New teachers sometimes struggle with establishing relationships with students, so a veteran shares a few tips on how to get started.
  • What Students Remember Most About Teachers

    A veteran teacher shares a few thoughts about what matters most to students with a new teacher in her building.