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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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  • 5 Motivating Practices to Help New Teachers Keep Going

    New teachers can use these ideas to sustain themselves when the demands of the job seem overwhelming.
    Dana Haring, Tom Kelner
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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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  • 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. 
    228
  • 5 Ways School Leaders Can Work to Prevent Teacher Burnout

    Retaining teachers can be a challenge, especially now, but focusing on making the workload more manageable helps.
    1.4k
  • 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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    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.
    15.7k
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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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    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
  • A Sustainability Strategy for New Teachers

    To help offset the stress of teaching and make it a viable career in the long term, new teachers need a plan—this year more than ever.
    547
  • 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
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    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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  • 4 Common Classroom Management Mistakes New Teachers Make—and How to Avoid Them

    New elementary teachers, take heart: Classroom management is hard, but not impossible. Keep these ideas in mind as you get started.
    3.9k
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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.
    22.5k
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    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.
    20.7k
  • 5 Ways Administrators Can Support Mentor Programs

    School leaders can do a lot to ensure that both first-year teachers and the expert teachers mentoring them feel set up for success.
    317

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