Study.com is here to help you succeed as a new teacher. Our veteran teachers and other experts provide creative solutions to the biggest challenges you will face during your first year - from managing your classroom to communicating with parents. We want to give you the tips and tricks you need to maintain the love and passion that got you into teaching in the first place. Explore our content to find interesting ideas and approaches that you can use in your classroom to develop your students and control your stress!
Overconfidence in students can lead to disruptive behavior and diminished academic performance, and teachers need to know how to caution these students without being overly harsh.
Staff development may not get you as excited as buying school supplies, but it is an important part of the year for teachers. It's an opportunity for you to get up to speed on all kinds of information, and if you go into it with the right frame of mind, you can make the most of these days.
While during summer vacation teachers may want to avoid anything related to their profession, it can be the best time of year to set goals. If they wait, they may run the risk of never setting goals for the year at all.
Teachers spend an average of $500 of their own money on school supplies every year. Read on to learn how you can make the most of back-to-school deals to restock your classroom without breaking the bank.
With their seemingly nonstop, busy schedules, it can be hard for teachers to find enough time to eat (and actually enjoy) lunch at school. Today's post provides some simple and delicious lunch ideas that teachers can prepare ahead of time.
Many teachers find their second year of teaching more challenging, and even more stressful, than their first. However, there are wonderful things waiting for you during your second year in the classroom.
Changing your teaching strategies is no easy feat. It can be scary because just like our students, it places us in situations where we can fail. However, if we are willing to try new strategies we can improve student learning. Here are three strategies I intend to try this year.
Giving your classroom a fun and innovative decorating scheme can set the tone for the entire school year. Pick up some tips and find some inspiration with these helpful and creative suggestions.
April Fool's Day is an enjoyable time for students and teachers alike. With a little advance planning and some help from these ideas, you can devise a whole day of fun and trickery for your class.
Back to school is an exciting time of year for teachers. However, if we aren't careful, it can easily become the most stressful time of year as well. Here is some advice to make your back to school as stress-free as possible.
Feeling a little trepidation as you embark on your teaching career is only natural. If you're a little tense, check out these suggestions that will help you keep calm and grow comfortable in your new role.
There are many reasons you may want to teach high school and community college. Whatever your reason, you can create a dual teaching career if you are willing to embrace the challenge of teaching in two different worlds.
Situations crop up regularly in most classrooms that threaten to distract from the lesson and derail learning for all. The following are a few suggestions for getting students back on track and keeping your cool when challenges arise.
Some teachers change their classroom seating weekly, while others prefer that students remain in the same desks all year. Is one better than the other? Read on to see how often teachers should change their seating chart.
Teaching is a noble profession, and while most people view it favorably, there are a few misconceptions we teachers hear that drive us crazy every time.
As you're preparing to go back to school, you might be thinking about preparing your classroom for learning and fun, but you should also be prepared for emergencies. Read on for five things to keep in your classroom for emergency situations.
If you are a teacher on summer vacation, your goal may be to simply check out mentally for ten weeks, lay on a beach, and relax. However, summer vacation is an important time for teachers. You can be productive, have fun and de-stress, all at the same time!
Social media has become an important tool for educators and schools to convey information to parents and the community. However, sometimes students decide to use it to friend their teachers. Knowing how to respond in these situations is important for both you and your student.
When you decided to become a teacher, you essentially chose to take on several responsibilities that come with the territory. One of the most important of those is being a mandated reporter, which we will explore in this post.
You may approach rainy days in your elementary school classroom with a sense of dread. However, if you plan ahead and are prepared, you and your students can avoid the rainy day blues.
Attendance issues are among the most challenging problems teachers face in their classrooms. The causes of attendance issues are complex and often require additional resources to work through. However, responding appropriately to attendance problems can make a huge difference in a child's life.
With all the talk of unbalanced dress code practices, including those that unfairly penalize female students, the question begs: Should you enforce your school's dress code, and if so, how can you do it fairly?
From news stories about students bullied at school, we've learned that their parents want to know how teachers and schools are handling it. If you're a teacher in this situation, here's what you can tell them.
Today's teachers strive to be more in touch with their students, which for some may mean a more casual dress code than their predecessors. Find out how to achieve the right balance of casual and professional dress in your elementary classroom.
Teachers spend time teaching as well as grading, communicating, developing study tools and trying to find time to learn from their peers. Luckily, there is now an app for that. Read on to discover the best apps for teachers who want to save time.
As teachers, we often take substitutes for granted. However, they are professionals as well, and we need to set them up for success. Strategies, detailed plans, and even tips of the trade can help the day run smoothly in your absence.
Bulletin boards are often the bane of our existence as teachers. If we want them to look nice, they eat up hours of our planning periods. However, if you think strategically, you can create bulletin boards that enhance instruction.
Being a substitute teacher is a challenging job under the best circumstances. To be successful at it on a day-to-day basis, you need to be prepared for any situation. A few key items in your bag of tricks can often make or break your day!
A day as a kindergarten teacher is far from easy. With students of all ability levels, teachers have the challenge of trying to squeeze reading, writing, math, and social studies into their lessons while differentiating instruction. So let's talk a walk through a day in the life of a kindergarten teacher.
Cheating is a common situation in our schools today. For a teacher, it can be a challenging situation to handle in the classroom. However, if you keep a calm frame of mind, you can appropriately handle the situation and even help the student move forward in a positive way.
Of all the things that don't belong in your teacher's toolbox, unconscious bias is one of them. Here are ways to identify and overcome this obstacle to learning.
If you are considering a career in academia, then you probably have pondered the differences between teaching at a community college and teaching at a university. We will discuss those differences here.
In the last decade, educators have had to adjust and adapt as a result of significant changes in educational trends. Depending on the trends, teachers may see them as valuable or merely a fad.
Identifying gifted students in our classrooms can be challenging. As teachers, we have to break beyond the the stereotypes and look at all the characteristics gifted children can express.
The notion of creating flexible work spaces may be all the rage in the business world, but it is equally important in classrooms. Changing your classroom environment can completely transform the way you teach.
A revolution in education may be on the horizon. Competency-based learning allows students to earn credit for what they know, not how many hours they spend in class, so students gain skills at their own pace and through the medium that works best for them.
In our classrooms, often our energy gets focused on the extroverts who demand our attention. However, we need to find strategies to nurture our introverts and help them succeed as well.
In the age of standards-driven instruction, we sometimes forget that we need to teach and promote empathy as well. When we do so in our classrooms, it can transform student behavior.
Young children have trouble paying attention and retaining information from lectures. There are many non-traditional methods, from social to logical methods of learning, that are more effective with young children, as we'll discuss in this post.
There are few teachers in the profession who haven't considered leaving at some point or another. However, that decision should be made after some thoughtful reflection and not in haste.
Teaching is not an easy job, with multiple sources of stress and negativity being thrown at them everyday. However, there are some simple things teachers can do to de-stress and stay positive in their careers.
Supporting students from non-traditional families in the classroom can be a challenge for teachers. However, the effort is well worth the reward to our students.
Many teachers are perfectionists and believe that it makes them better teachers. However, letting go of those tendencies and adopting a growth mindset can make you a more effective and happier teacher.
Discovering that your student is engaging in self-harm is a scary situation for a teacher to find themselves in. You need to be knowledgeable in what steps to take when a student needs help.
As teachers, we expect our students to learn the lessons we create for our classrooms. However, some of the most valuable lessons actually come from our students.
Being a teacher means dealing with a busy schedule that may not always leave time for sleep. However, sleep deprivation can go far beyond just ~'feeling tired~' and affect the way your brain functions, making it all the more important to get enough rest.
As recently as 2005, 30 percent of students reported an involvement in bullying. Fortunately, this number has dramatically reduced. Let's take a look at how schools cut down on this behavior and what you can do to help end bullying in your classroom.
Resigning a teaching job and switching schools can be a challenging part of your career. However, there are some tried-and-true strategies to help you resign respectfully, even in tense situations.
The end of the school year can be a stressful time for teachers. However, by channeling your creativity and tapping into students' skills and challenges, it can be an amazing time of year for everyone.
The first day of teaching is your opportunity to make a positive, impacting, and encouraging impression on your students. It's your chance to introduce yourself, lay out the curriculum plan for the year, and create a sense of excitement in your class.
Teaching internationally is an adventure for any teacher. However, if you don't consider a few important details, it can quickly turn into a bad situation.
With schools becoming more dangerous places, it's natural that new teachers would worry about safety. Knowing how to deal with classroom violence can protect you and your students when kids do more than act out.
Learning can be difficult for some students. Research has found that music can help prepare students for the day's lessons by energizing them and stimulating the brain. Incorporating music into math can change the dynamic of mathematics making it a more enjoyable experience for everyone.
March Madness gets everyone riled up, hoping their college basketball bracket picks advance to the next round. Basketball, however, isn't the only March Madness game in town. For five years now, March Mammal Madness has captured the attention of classrooms, taking advantage of bracket-fever while also giving students a fun science learning opportunity.
Teaching English as a Second Language is a worthy endeavor, but it is not for everyone. If you're thinking of entering the field, you should make sure that it's a good fit for your academic and professional needs.
Teachers spend a lot of time preparing and teaching class. Normal workdays last far beyond school hours especially when parents are calling and e-mailing questions, concerns and complaints. Perhaps the day might run smoother if parents took a few key points to heart.
Dealing with aggressive students is challenging and stressful for teachers. However, if you're prepared with strategies, you can deal with student aggression effectively and appropriately.
Writing authentic and helpful educator recommendations for college-bound high school seniors isn't always easy. Read on to learn some tips for writing fair and effective teacher recommendation letters.
Meditation is a great way for students and teachers to relieve stress, but it's not always easy to introduce such an activity to the classroom. You'll need to be fully prepared and adaptable in order to achieve successful integration.
Time-outs are not only ineffective; they can be damaging. Learn some alternative behavior correction options and take back control of your classroom without punishment.
Experiences with teacher unions, for most educators, are a mixed bag of results. Depending on where you teach, your experience with unions may be positive or negative.
More than 50% of productive class time is lost thanks to students misbehaving. This creates a need for a structured disciplinary system in the classroom. When used correctly, behavior cards can turn a chaotic classroom into a productive learning environment.
Going green in the classroom is one of the best places to start when teaching children of all ages about environmental safety and health. Although it seems like a large job to tackle, starting small can make a big difference inside and outside the classroom.
Problematic students with high intelligence levels make for a complex challenge in the classroom. To manage these students, you'll need to use a blend of compassion and creativity.
Cooking in the classroom presents a valuable opportunity to teach your students a variety of skills. Use these lesson plans and recipes to create entertaining and informative activities for the entire class.
For teachers, moving from smaller class sizes to larger ones can be a huge transition. It takes acquiring some new skills to be successful in larger arena, but once you have mastered them it can be a positive experience.
A budget meeting is a high-stakes environment and principals will need to be prepared if they hope to achieve a resolution. By using these tips and strategies, you can ensure that your sessions are productive and beneficial for all parties.
Detention is not only a means for punishing but also an opportunity to connect with your students. By providing students with an organized learning environment and reflective assignments, you can prevent future misbehavior.
There is a special lure to teaching early childhood for teachers, such as no state testing and more play time in the classroom. However, there are some psychological challenges that you would need to be aware of before you chose to become a childhood educator.
Data analysis can be a very complicated process for children to learn. However, when structured appropriately, students in a wide range of ages engage in data analysis activities.
Critics slam them as a waste of classroom time, but many teachers praise movies as an educational tool beyond compare. If you're not sure whether movies will enhance student learning, consider these arguments for and against their use.
Climate change is a dynamic and complex topic that presents a challenge for teachers looking to maintain student engagement. But with proper planning and preparation, you can easily devise lesson plans that are both exciting and informative.
Culture, whether we like it or not, plays a key role in teaching and learning in classrooms. As a teacher, we need to build our cultural responsiveness toolbox to assure that all students are successful in our classrooms.
Kids with ADHD aren't all the same, and girls and boys often exhibit very different symptoms. This post takes a look at these differences and offers some advice for teachers on how they can recognize symptoms and help ADHD students - both girls and boys.
You're familiar with the term 'dyslexia', but you're not yet sure how to tailor your classroom instruction for dyslexic students. Before you begin teaching, here's what you should know about this learning disorder that affects one in five Americans.
When students with disabilities enter the mainstream classroom, it can be a challenge for teachers. We examine some issues - and offer solutions - to help make teaching these special classes less stressful.
Academic dishonesty is an unfortunate reality for many teachers. To learn how to best handle such problems, it's important to understand why students feel compelled to cheat in the first place.
When you enter the teaching profession you have a lot of decisions to make, including whether you will teach at a public or private school. Both types of school offer benefits and challenges for teachers.
Memorial Day presents a number of unique learning opportunities for students of all ages. Pick up some tips on how to best incorporate this important holiday into your classroom.
Students whose parents are divorcing face all sorts of challenges, both at home and at school. As teachers, we may be at a loss for how to help them through it. However, there are some specific strategies teachers can implement that will help the student feel supported at school.
Social media can be a controversial topic in education. The reality is that there are practical benefits, as well as negatives teachers need to be mindful of when deciding whether or not to delve into social media with students.
Being bullied by your students can make you re-think your decision to become a teacher. Learn how to approach this alarming new epidemic and push back when it's you who is the target.
Bullying is an unfortunately common occurrence in schools, and for a classroom teacher it can be challenging to know what to do. However, there are steps to take to help manage the situation when you find yourself with a bully in your classroom.
As teachers, we need to incorporate all sorts of strategies to help our students be successful. Peer teaching is one strategy that builds not only content knowledge, but also student confidence.
When teaching students with ADHD, it's important to have a well-stocked reserve of entertaining and informative activities to help them stay focused. Read on for some fun ideas that are sure to keep your students engaged.
When it comes to teaching your students, it can be very helpful to use lessons that they can relate to. Keep reading to learn how incorporating pop culture into your classroom can engage your students and make them more motivated learners.
It is popular in schools across the country to make the leap from a teacher-centered to a student-centered model of instruction. Often though, educators end up feeling as if it isn't helping. When this happens, it requires deep reflection on the teacher's part to refine their student-centered toolbox.
Most teachers don't have a lot of extra time to work more with their peers, yet studies have shown that teacher collaboration leads to increased student achievement. Read on for tricks to finding more time to collaborate with other teachers, no time machine needed.
If you're trying to find ways to encourage your students to read, why not try incorporating your school library into the mix? Discover how you can use your library and all of its resources to motivate your students to read.
Some of us may have no idea what to do with our teaching assistant. In other cases, we may be tempted to let them do a bit too much of our teaching duties. Finding balance is key to squeezing the value out of having a teaching assistant in your classroom.
Technology is a great tool to add to your teacher toolbox. Before you make the leap into technology integration here are important tips to help you find success.
Preventing boredom is an essential but difficult part of teaching. By identifying the causes of boredom, educators can keep students alert and focused. Let's explore some strategies for fighting boredom among your elementary students.
Every teacher knows that managing a classroom is one of the biggest parts of their job, and doing it properly fosters stronger learning environments. Yet, accomplishing that goal becomes increasingly difficult as class sizes grow. Here we'll discuss tips for managing larger class sizes to help you effectively reach your students.
Project based learning (PBL) is a new way to teach students key skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, time management and more. With the right tools and guidelines, you can implement your own PBL teaching style into your classroom.
It is easy as teachers to just start going through the motions in our classroom. Stress, fatigue, and numerous other factors can drive you to it. However, engaging in self-reflection is a way for teachers to continue to grow as professionals.
The BYOD classroom promotes the use of personal electronic devices to further engage students and encourage interactive exploration of course materials. Here are five tips for creating a successful BYOD environment in your own classroom.
Microlearning, or small, focused lessons, may have gained popularity due to eLearning, but it can be incorporated into a variety of settings, regardless of grade level or subject area. Read on for more information about microlearning and how it can be implemented in your classroom.
Transitioning to a new classroom can be a headache if you aren't prepared, but with a few simple tricks, you can turn it into an adventure that even your students can get excited about.
In order to improve education, our teachers need to exemplify the leadership qualities. These include being approachable and communicative, passionate, committed, and innovative.
Extended breaks can be a good chance for teachers to recover, but they also pose a serious threat to your daily routine. Learning how to prevent such disruptions is an essential skill for all teachers.
If one thing is for certain, it's that technology has a major presence in the world today. It also doesn't seem to be going anywhere, so why not use it to your advantage in teaching? Learn how using technology can change your classroom for the better.
Each year there are new teachers that already feel so burned out they decide to leave the profession. Study.com asked 2 expert teachers for their advice on maintaining your passion as a new teacher.
While teachers are required to multitask on a daily basis, there are ways to improve your multitasking skills, and times to avoid juggling multiple tasks, that will help increase classroom efficiency.
Developing curriculum is a tough assignment for first year teachers. However, understanding what to expect and preparing ahead of time can be of great help. Here's a list of strategies for curriculum building from various teaching professionals.
For busy teachers, classroom assistants can be a much-needed source of help. Learn how to maximize the effectiveness of your helpers for a smoother and more enjoyable classroom experience.
We want students to self-assess, but the reality is that it doesn't happen by itself. Teachers need to create structures in their classrooms that provide opportunities for students to engage in meaningful self-assessments.
Students with special needs receive assistance through federally-mandated education plans. Learn more about these education plans and explore how you can advocate for your special needs students by helping develop these plans.
Teaching students on different learning levels can be difficult. However, learning to differentiate learning abilities can help teachers present materials in a way that will engage all students on all levels at the same time.
Teaching style may be shaped by teacher training, but we each develop our own unique style of teaching over time. We have to learn how to channel our personal teaching style to meet student needs in the classroom. Let's explore how to use our teaching style to enhance instruction.
As you look over your class list, you might be wondering how in the world you'll get to personally know each student on it. Today, you'll learn some fun, easy, and effective strategies for getting acquainted with your students.
Interacting with parents is an essential part of any teacher's job. Through effective communication, you can share feedback, gain insight, and improve student performance.
If you're a teacher who constantly finds yourself pressed for time, you may benefit from planning ahead. Doing so can reduce stress, increase productivity, and make for a more enjoyable classroom experience.
Reading is one of education's greatest drains of time. Helping your students read to learn (and learn to read) can help you overcome this potential pitfall to your class schedule or curriculum, using simple techniques that involve natural learning and gentle repetition.
Setting up your high school classroom can be a challenge, but these veteran teachers have figured out how to appeal to their students and make learning engaging on a budget.
How well do you know what type of teacher you are? Use the below quiz to find out which teacher category you fall into.
Curriculum is a very critical aspect of institutional learning. While many curriculums are standardized, it is very important for all instructors to know what is and isn't working in their classroom. This makes classroom observation so important in curriculum differentiation. This method for gathering and analyzing data can help to curtail individual curriculums to enhance learning for both students and teachers.
Positive discipline is a more effective way to manage misbehaving students in the classroom, rather than using punishment or rewards. It allows students to learn and adapt their behaviors to meet expectations in the classroom, while simultaneously teaching them how to make better choices in their path to adulthood.
As a new teacher, your first year in the classroom will challenge you in a variety of ways. It is important to actively build a support network within your school to help you be successful. There are key people to include in your support network that will help you grow as a teacher, and avoid burnout.
While it can be a challenge to fit everything into every day, the best 2nd-grade daily class schedule meets learning goals and maximizes student potential with a combination of whole-class instruction, small-group learning, and one-on-one attention. You can build a flexible schedule that gets the job done and leaves you and your students with some energy to spare.
For a new teacher, stress can escalate as the middle of the year approaches and you have to prepare your students - and yourself! - for midterm exams. Although midterms might leave you scrambling, you can get through this overwhelming time by managing your stress with these helpful tips.
When it comes to student progress reports, it can be hard to know the best approach for a) constructing them and b) dealing with parents' reactions once they have been completed and viewed. This post provides some usable tips that can help you with both aspects.
Once the walkthrough is over, the real fun begins. Use your walkthrough feedback to help improve your lessons and your teaching style for better student outcomes.
Your first classroom observation has come and gone and you can't stop thinking about the critique. Here are some tips to using it to your advantage and letting go of the stress you don't need
Formative assessments are a powerful tool to understand our students better if we as teachers utilize them appropriately. They can take any number of formats, but it's how we analyze them as teachers that help us better grasp our students' strengths and weaknesses in the content.
While parents and students have been learning from teacher-led conferences for years, a surprising new strategy involving student-led conferences has been taking the contemporary education world by storm. So the question on everyone's mind is, is this an effective strategy?
As a teacher, either a new teacher or an experienced one, sometimes working with a mentor is intimidating. In the long run, a mentor can help you improve your teaching practices no matter how long you have taught.
Creating group work can present a challenge for teachers. You want to use some specific strategies to be sure that the work itself is engaging to students, while at the same time, the workload is fair amongst the students.
Students learn in bursts of understanding and plateaus of information processing, and adapting your curriculum to their progress, whether slow or fast, can shorten the plateaus and increase the frequency with which they grasp new principles.
Developing well-defined goals can help your students achieve more and give you an additional tool to measure student success. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Your first year of teaching may not have been what you imagined, but don't give up just yet. Teaching can be a rewarding experience if you stick it out.
Feedback and comments are an essential part of the teacher observation process. Learn how to use these notes to improve yourself and grow as a teacher.
There are specific ways for both new and veteran teachers to take advantage of all varieties of in-service offerings to improve teaching in real, tangible ways that will impact your classroom throughout the year.
Active listening is an essential part of teaming up with parents to give their child opportunities to learn, opening a window into the home and family situation of your student, and finding unique ways to both work together with parents and find ways to improve your student's situation.
The effects of stress can be devastating to you and your students. Taking care of yourself and letting go of what you cannot change can go a long way towards helping you find the joy you've been missing
As you went through teacher training, it is likely you spent some time with student data. However, once you are in your own classroom you will quickly realize that you have a plethora of data, and sometimes it's daunting to know where to start. Now, you must train your mind to collect and use student data to inform your instruction.
Personalized learning is an elastic phrase in education circles, used by different educators to describe a variety of approaches to teaching. Educators interested in adopting practical methods of personalized learning may ask, How exactly does that play out in a real environment, and who is using it? The following three teachers offer concrete examples of what personalized learning can look like in a classroom.
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Teaching can be a stressful occupation, and it's important to support any peers who may be under pressure. Learn more about teacher stress and find out how to help out your fellow teachers.
Although often controversial, standardized state testing is an important part of education that should be taken seriously. This post provides some helpful advice and tips for preparing your class for that upcoming standardized test.
For your students, active listening takes you from being an authoritarian preacher to being a conversation leader, and encourages them to join in on the conversation by setting a good example and building a relationship of trust.
We all have days as teachers where we want to walk away from the profession. However, you can channel that doubt in a positive direction to address classroom issues and grow as a teacher.
Getting students to understand and accept classroom rules is the first step to harmony and an art that can be mastered with patience and a little help from the experts.
Tools and tips designed to help you provide support for students with ILP that benefit the entire class and keep you from becoming overwhelmed in the process.
One of the biggest complaints students have about school is that it's boring. And if your students are bored, then you're probably a bit bored too. (It's okay to admit it! We all get bored.) The best way to cure boredom, though, is to mix up your daily routine and try new things to keep your students on their toes.
As new teachers, it is very easy to bite off more than we can realistically chew in our first year. This is true when it comes to the goals we set for ourselves and our students. As new teachers, we need to learn how to set specific, realistic goals for ourselves and our students.
Reading literature is essential to our lives, but motivating students to read can be challenging, especially as a new English teacher. That's why it's important to make sure, as a new English teacher, that you do everything you can to promote the importance of reading.
Practical tips to identify struggling students, formulate a plan of action, and give challenged learners the help they need to succeed in school and in life.
As educators, we all have faced the challenge of motivating our students and empowering them to learn. If we are willing to let go of traditional parent conferences, student-led conferences are a powerful tool to have students set goals and take responsibility for their own learning.
We often stereotype teachers into boxes of introverts and extroverts. In turn, we assume that introverts can't survive or even thrive in the classroom environment. While introverts do face certain challenges in the classroom, it is a more complicated issue of whether or not they are more likely to 'burn out' than their extroverted colleagues.
Classroom walkthroughs are one way administrators can get an idea about how teachers are instructing and how students are learning throughout the school. When an administrator enters a classroom, he or she will look for certain things to make sure the teacher is effective and the classroom is conducive to student learning.