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 Planning

    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.
  • Student Engagement

    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.
  • Technology Integration

    Using Video Content to Amplify Learning

    New teachers often struggle with finding multiple ways for students to access course content, and video clips can help.
  • Classroom Management

    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.
  • Classroom Management

    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.
  • New Teachers

    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.
  • Classroom Management

    5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

    When it comes to managing a classroom, most of what we learn as new teachers is trial by fire. It's also smart to heed the advice of those who have walked -- and stumbled -- before you. If you are struggling with discipline, here are five tips that you can start using right away.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    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.
  • New Teachers

    What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher

    A veteran offers essential advice for new teachers and the colleagues who support them.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    How to Teach Self-Regulation

    To succeed in school, students need to be able to focus, control their emotions, and adjust to change.
  • New Teachers

    New Teachers: Fundamentals of Classroom Management

    Resources for developing routines, fostering classroom community, managing disruptions, and building student relationships.
  • New Teachers

    Student Complaints as Teachable Moments

    Students’ critical comments may throw new teachers off, but they can be useful for sparking engagement and learning.
  • New Teachers

    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.
  • New Teachers

    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.
  • New Teachers

    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.