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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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  • A Way to Make Fractions Easier to Understand

    New teachers can help simplify the complexities of fractions for students by using an unexpected tool—a multiplication chart.
    Thomas Courtney
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  • For New Teachers, 6 Principles to Remember This Year

    It won’t be easy, but if you prepare for turbulence and set reasonable goals, you’ll stay calmer and make progress in all the right places.
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  • Relationship Building From Day 1

    Strategies for fostering relationships with middle and high school students starting on the first day of the school year and then growing them all year long.
    1.5k
  • 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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  • How to Set Up a Learner-Centered Classroom

    From composing a class charter to practicing morning meetings, these student-centered strategies create a nurturing environment where learners can thrive.
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  • The Research on Life-Changing Teaching

    What really moves the needle for educators, and by extension their students?
    4.2k
  • 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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    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
    60.6k
  • 3 Rs for First-Year Teachers

    Good teaching is about more than lesson plans. Focusing on relationships, reflection, and resilience can help new teachers thrive.
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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.
    636
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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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  • The Qualities of Exceptional Mentor Teachers

    Hundreds of teachers answered the question ‘What makes a great mentor?’ We read all 851 comments and distilled the very best advice.
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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
  • 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
  • 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.
    6k

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