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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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  • How Burned Out Are You? A Scale For Teachers

    A four-stage framework can help teachers understand the burnout process—and what they can do to protect their well-being and career.
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  • Making the Most of the First 5 Minutes

    Teachers can use this time to get a sense of how their young students are doing and provide them with strategies to have a successful day.
  • 6 Things to Consider Before Leaving Teaching

    The demands of teaching can definitely take a toll—to the point that you might feel like you need a change. But before you make that decision, it’s important to make a clear assessment. 
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  • 7 Attention-Getters to Use Instead of Raising Your Voice

    These visual and audio cues can help middle and high school teachers quickly get students back on track.
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  • The Research on Life-Changing Teaching

    What really moves the needle for educators, and by extension their students?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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  • 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.
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  • Classroom Management Tips for New Teachers, From a New Teacher

    A first-year elementary teacher transformed her classroom with a focus on social and emotional learning—and a little help from Penny the Positivity Penguin.
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  • Using Inquiry to Support Deeper Learning

    Teachers can use 'effortful' follow-up questions to refine and extend student thinking about important concepts in a lesson.
    368
  • Reframing How to Think About Change in Public Education

    New teachers often become disillusioned because of their inability to effect change in the education system. A new book, ‘The First Five,’ has some helpful advice.
    359
  • Tips for Guiding Students to Use Writing Time Effectively

    Thinking like a coach can help new teachers alleviate some of the common struggles students have with writing assignments.
    307
  • A Framework For Supporting New Teachers

    A school-based program can provide crucial support for novices throughout their first two years in their new profession.
    298
  • 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.
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