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.

  • 6 Tips for Mentoring New Teachers During Distance Learning

    Experienced teachers typically mentor novices by observing their classes and meeting regularly. That can still happen as both teachers work from home.
    Amie Weinberg
  • The Many Benefits of a Middle School Drama Club

    A drama club gives students an outlet for interests that go beyond acting and leads to friendships across grades.
  • 5 Tips to Help Student Teachers Stay Positive

    A student teaching placement has its own challenges, and it’s vital to be reflective and have a growth mindset.
  • 8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
    Youki Terada
  • 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.
  • 19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    Successful classroom management relies on a handful of fundamental strategies and a larger number of quick interventions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Fundamentals of Classroom Management

    Resources for developing routines, fostering classroom community, managing disruptions, and building student relationships.
  • 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.
  • 7 Tips for Better Classroom Management

    In my mind, the first and most basic obligation of a teacher is to see the beauty that exists within every student. Every child is infinitely precious. Period. When we start from this vantage point, classroom management -- and its flip side, student engagement -- comes more easily. It's an outgrowth of students feeling loved and respected.
  • How to Teach Self-Regulation

    To succeed in school, students need to be able to focus, control their emotions, and adjust to change.
  • 3 Lessons Learned as a New Teacher

    Many new teachers are told they need to be more strict, but that may not be the best advice for everyone.
  • 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.