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New Teachers

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 to Talk to Children

    New teachers may feel prepared for literacy and math lessons, but be uncertain about how to just talk with someone under the age of 10. These tips should help.
    Emily Kaplan
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  • Middle-school aged girl works on virtual learning assignment on her laptop

    A Powerful Strategy for Fostering Student Motivation

    A look at how to adapt a well-established technique for boosting student motivation in distance learning or hybrid classrooms.
    1.6k
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    How to Guide Students to a Deep Understanding of Math Concepts

    Using the right building blocks at the start of students’ mathematical learning can support a lifetime of abstract thinking.
    1.5k
  • Teacher and student high-fiving

    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
    36.8k
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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.
    12.1k
  • 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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  • 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.
    47.6k
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    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.
    26.3k
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    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.
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  • A teacher working with three little kids

    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.
    21.7k
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    New Teachers: Fundamentals of Classroom Management

    Resources for developing routines, fostering classroom community, managing disruptions, and building student relationships.
    13.1k
  • 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.
    28.3k
  • Student sitting at a desk in the back of a classroom, taking a moment to collect himself

    How to Teach Self-Regulation

    To succeed in school, students need to be able to focus, control their emotions, and adjust to change.
    9.1k
  • Woman on video call at home

    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.
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  • Group of teachers talking over coffee

    Strategies to Help New Teachers Thrive

    School leaders can guide new teachers to success by gathering feedback and then sharing tailored resources. Chatting over coffee goes a long way, too.
    836

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