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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!

What I Wish I Knew Before Teaching Internationally
What I Wish I Knew Before Teaching Internationally
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

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.

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How to Best Deal with Violence or Fights in the Classroom
How to Best Deal with Violence or Fights in the Classroom
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

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.

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How I Combined Music and Mathematics in My Elementary Classroom
How I Combined Music and Mathematics in My Elementary Classroom
by Amanda Johnson May 2017

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.

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Using March Mammal Madness in Your Classroom
Using March Mammal Madness in Your Classroom
by Melissa Kreindel May 2017

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.

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What You Should Know Before Teaching English as a Second Language
What You Should Know Before Teaching English as a Second Language
by Bill Sands May 2017

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.

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5 Things Most Teachers Really Want Parents to Know
5 Things Most Teachers Really Want Parents to Know
by Amanda Johnson May 2017

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.

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How I Dealt with Aggression in My Classroom: What Every Teacher Should Know
How I Dealt with Aggression in My Classroom: What Every Teacher Should Know
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

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.

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Tips for Writing a Fair and Effective Teacher Recommendation Letter for College
Tips for Writing a Fair and Effective Teacher Recommendation Letter for College
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant May 2017

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.

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How We Started Teaching Meditation at Our School - And You Can Too
How We Started Teaching Meditation at Our School - And You Can Too
by Bill Sands May 2017

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.

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Alternatives to Time-outs: What Worked in My Classroom
Alternatives to Time-outs: What Worked in My Classroom
by Patricia Willis May 2017

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.

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My Experience with Teacher Unions: The Good and the Bad
My Experience with Teacher Unions: The Good and the Bad
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

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.

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How I Used Behavior Cards in My Classroom: What a Difference!
How I Used Behavior Cards in My Classroom: What a Difference!
by Amanda Johnson May 2017

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.

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How I Made My Class Eco-Friendly & Saved Money Too
How I Made My Class Eco-Friendly & Saved Money Too
by Amanda Johnson May 2017

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.

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How to Deal with Rebellious (But Smart!) Students in Your Classroom
How to Deal with Rebellious (But Smart!) Students in Your Classroom
by Bill Sands May 2017

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.

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Put Your Kids to Work in the Kitchen With These Fun Cooking Activities
Put Your Kids to Work in the Kitchen With These Fun Cooking Activities
by Bill Sands May 2017

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.

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How I Transitioned from Teaching in a Small Classroom to a Large One
How I Transitioned from Teaching in a Small Classroom to a Large One
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

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.

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What Every Principal Should Know Before a Budget Meeting with Stakeholders
What Every Principal Should Know Before a Budget Meeting with Stakeholders
by Bill Sands May 2017

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.

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Improve Overall Behavior in Your Classroom: Detention Task Ideas & Tips
Improve Overall Behavior in Your Classroom: Detention Task Ideas & Tips
by Bill Sands May 2017

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.

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What I Wished I Knew about Psychological Differences Before Becoming Early Childhood Educator
What I Wished I Knew about Psychological Differences Before Becoming Early Childhood Educator
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

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.

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How Young Is Too Young to Start Learning Data Analysis?
How Young Is Too Young to Start Learning Data Analysis?
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

Data analysis can be a very complicated process for children to learn. However, when structured appropriately, students can be engaged in data analysis activities in a wide range of ages.

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Pros & Cons of Teaching with Movies in the Classroom
Pros & Cons of Teaching with Movies in the Classroom
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

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.

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Getting Kids Excited to Learn about Climate Change: Tips & Tricks
Getting Kids Excited to Learn about Climate Change: Tips & Tricks
by Bill Sands May 2017

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.

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What Every Teacher Should Know About Culturally Responsive Teaching
What Every Teacher Should Know About Culturally Responsive Teaching
by Rachel Tustin May 2017

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.

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How ADHD Symptoms Can Differ in Boys & Girls: Tips for Teachers
How ADHD Symptoms Can Differ in Boys & Girls: Tips for Teachers
by Erin Riskey May 2017

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.

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What You Should Know About Dyslexia Before You Start Teaching
What You Should Know About Dyslexia Before You Start Teaching
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

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.

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Teaching Students with Disabilities: Strategies for Regular Classrooms
Teaching Students with Disabilities: Strategies for Regular Classrooms
by Patricia Willis April 2017

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.

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Why Students Plagiarize and What to Do When You Catch It
Why Students Plagiarize and What to Do When You Catch It
by Bill Sands April 2017

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.

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Should You Start Your Teaching Career at a Private or Public School?
Should You Start Your Teaching Career at a Private or Public School?
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

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.

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What to Teach Kids About Memorial Day in the Classroom
What to Teach Kids About Memorial Day in the Classroom
by Bill Sands April 2017

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.

How to Support a Student Whose Parents Are Divorcing
How to Support a Student Whose Parents Are Divorcing
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

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.

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Using Social Media in the Classroom: Pros and Cons
Using Social Media in the Classroom: Pros and Cons
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

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.

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What You Can Do as a Teacher Who Is Bullied by Your Students
What You Can Do as a Teacher Who Is Bullied by Your Students
by Michele Vrouvas May 2017

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.

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What to Do When You Have a Bully in the Classroom
What to Do When You Have a Bully in the Classroom
by Rachel Tustin April 2017

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.

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Benefits of Peer Teaching: Ideas for Your Classroom
Benefits of Peer Teaching: Ideas for Your Classroom
by Bill Sands May 2017

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.

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Ideas for Elementary School Classrooms with Students Who Have ADHD
Ideas for Elementary School Classrooms with Students Who Have ADHD
by Bill Sands April 2017

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.

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Use Pop Culture in Your Lessons to Engage Students
Use Pop Culture in Your Lessons to Engage Students
by Erin Riskey March 2017

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.

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What to Do When Student-Centered Learning Isn't Helping
What to Do When Student-Centered Learning Isn't Helping
by Rachel Tustin March 2017

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.

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The Trick to Finding More Time for Collaborating with Other Teachers
The Trick to Finding More Time for Collaborating with Other Teachers
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant March 2017

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.

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Make Better Use of the School Library to Get Students Excited About Books
Make Better Use of the School Library to Get Students Excited About Books
by Amanda Johnson March 2017

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.

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How to Squeeze the Most Value Out of Having a Teaching Assistant
How to Squeeze the Most Value Out of Having a Teaching Assistant
by Rachel Tustin March 2017

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.

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Six Expert Tips for Integrating Technology into the Classroom for the First Time
Six Expert Tips for Integrating Technology into the Classroom for the First Time
by Howard Pitler February 2017

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.

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Combat Boredom in the Your Elementary Classroom
Combat Boredom in the Your Elementary Classroom
by Bill Sands February 2017

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.

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Tips for Managing a Large Class Size
Tips for Managing a Large Class Size
by Zach Griffin February 2017

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.

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How to Incorporate Project-Based Learning in Your Classroom
How to Incorporate Project-Based Learning in Your Classroom
by Amanda Johnson January 2017

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.

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Why It's Important to Evaluate Yourself as a Teacher
Why It's Important to Evaluate Yourself as a Teacher
by Rachel Tustin January 2017

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.

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5 Things to Know About Creating a BYOD Classroom
5 Things to Know About Creating a BYOD Classroom
by Amanda Johnson January 2017

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.

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Why You Should Implement Microlearning in the Classroom
Why You Should Implement Microlearning in the Classroom
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant February 2017

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.

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Tips for a Smooth Transition If You Need to Change Classrooms
Tips for a Smooth Transition If You Need to Change Classrooms
by Patricia Willis February 2017

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.

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5 Leadership Qualities All Teachers Should Try to Emulate
5 Leadership Qualities All Teachers Should Try to Emulate
by Rachel Tustin January 2017

In order to improve education, our teachers need to exemplify the leadership qualities. These include being approachable and communicative, passionate, committed, and innovative.

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How to Get Back Into Your Teaching Routine After a Long Break
How to Get Back Into Your Teaching Routine After a Long Break
by Bill Sands January 2017

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.

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Using Technology Can Change Your Classroom for the Better
Using Technology Can Change Your Classroom for the Better
by Erin Riskey February 2017

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.

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Tips from Teachers on Staying Energized When the Going Gets Tough
Tips from Teachers on Staying Energized When the Going Gets Tough
by Jessica Lyons January 2017

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.

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Master Multitasking in Your Classroom to Amp up Efficiency
Master Multitasking in Your Classroom to Amp up Efficiency
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant January 2017

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.

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7 Strategies for Developing Your Own Curriculum as a New Teacher
7 Strategies for Developing Your Own Curriculum as a New Teacher
by Amanda Johnson January 2017

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.

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How to Work with Assistants & Other Adults in Your Classroom
How to Work with Assistants & Other Adults in Your Classroom
by Bill Sands January 2017

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.

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How to Help Students Conduct Self-Assessments
How to Help Students Conduct Self-Assessments
by Rachel Tustin January 2017

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.

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You Can Advocate Effectively for Your Special Needs Students!
You Can Advocate Effectively for Your Special Needs Students!
by Bill Sands January 2017

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.

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How to Teach Students with Different Learning Abilities
How to Teach Students with Different Learning Abilities
by Amanda Johnson January 2017

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.

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Enhancing Your Instruction with Your Very Own Teaching Style
Enhancing Your Instruction with Your Very Own Teaching Style
by Rachel Tustin January 2017

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.

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Strategies for Getting to Know Your Students
Strategies for Getting to Know Your Students
by Erin Riskey January 2017

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.

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5 Tips for Effective Teacher-Parent Communication
5 Tips for Effective Teacher-Parent Communication
by Bill Sands January 2017

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.

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Plan Ahead to Save Yourself Time & Stress During the Week
Plan Ahead to Save Yourself Time & Stress During the Week
by Bill Sands January 2017

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.

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Understand How Your Students Read to Make Class Time More Effective
Understand How Your Students Read to Make Class Time More Effective
by Stuart Mayo January 2017

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.

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Classroom Layout Tips from Experienced High School Teachers
Classroom Layout Tips from Experienced High School Teachers
by Patricia Willis January 2017

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.

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What Type of Teacher Are You?
What Type of Teacher Are You?
by Jessica Lyons January 2017

How well do you know what type of teacher you are? Use the below quiz to find out which teacher category you fall into.

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Changing Your Curriculum According to Classroom Observation Results
Changing Your Curriculum According to Classroom Observation Results
by Kyle Aken December 2016

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.

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Using Positive Discipline Techniques in the Classroom
Using Positive Discipline Techniques in the Classroom
by Kyle Aken December 2016

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.

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Building a Support System at School as a New Teacher
Building a Support System at School as a New Teacher
by Rachel Tustin December 2016

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.

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Setting Up Your 2nd Grade Daily Class Schedule
Setting Up Your 2nd Grade Daily Class Schedule
by Irene Cooper December 2016

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.

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Managing Midterm Stress & Expectations as a New Teacher
Managing Midterm Stress & Expectations as a New Teacher
by Melissa Kreindel November 2016

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.

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Tips for Dealing with Progress Reports & Parents' Reactions
Tips for Dealing with Progress Reports & Parents' Reactions
by Erin Riskey November 2016

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.

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Make the Most Out of Your Classroom Walkthrough Feedback
Make the Most Out of Your Classroom Walkthrough Feedback
by Patricia Willis November 2016

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.

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How to Stop Stressing Over Your First Classroom Observation Debrief
How to Stop Stressing Over Your First Classroom Observation Debrief
by Patricia Willis November 2016

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

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Use Formative Assessments to Better Understand Every Student
Use Formative Assessments to Better Understand Every Student
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

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.

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Can Student-Led Conferences Work for Elementary Students?
Can Student-Led Conferences Work for Elementary Students?
by Kyle Aken November 2016

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?

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Take Advantage of & Benefit Significantly from Teacher Mentoring
Take Advantage of & Benefit Significantly from Teacher Mentoring
by Rachel Tustin December 2016

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.

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Keep Group Work Exciting, Fair & Beneficial for All Students
Keep Group Work Exciting, Fair & Beneficial for All Students
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

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.

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Adapting Your Curriculum to Student Progress
Adapting Your Curriculum to Student Progress
by Stuart Mayo November 2016

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.

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Tips for Developing Student Outcome Goals That Focus on Results
Tips for Developing Student Outcome Goals That Focus on Results
by Patricia Willis November 2016

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.

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A Letter to Teachers: So Teaching Isn't What You Expected
A Letter to Teachers: So Teaching Isn't What You Expected
by Patricia Willis November 2016

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.

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Next Steps After You Get Your Teacher Observation Comments
Next Steps After You Get Your Teacher Observation Comments
by Bill Sands November 2016

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.

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Take Advantage of In-Service Days to Improve Your Teaching
Take Advantage of In-Service Days to Improve Your Teaching
by Michelle Garrigan-Durant November 2016

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.

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The Benefits of Active Listening in Parent-Teacher Communication
The Benefits of Active Listening in Parent-Teacher Communication
by Stuart Mayo November 2016

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.

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Already Worried That You're Falling Behind? Here's Why You Should Stop Stressing
Already Worried That You're Falling Behind? Here's Why You Should Stop Stressing
by Patricia Willis October 2016

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

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Beginner's Guide to Using Student Data to Inform Your Teaching
Beginner's Guide to Using Student Data to Inform Your Teaching
by Rachel Tustin October 2016

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.

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3 Examples of Teachers Who Used Personalized Learning in the Classroom
3 Examples of Teachers Who Used Personalized Learning in the Classroom
by Irene Cooper October 2016

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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Common Report Card Comments to Save You Time
Common Report Card Comments to Save You Time
by Patricia Willis February 2017

Don't fret over report card comments. You can use our examples or follow these links to some of our favorites to make the job faster, easier, and more constructive

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What You Can Do for a Fellow Stressed-Out Teacher
What You Can Do for a Fellow Stressed-Out Teacher
by Bill Sands October 2016

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.

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Advice for How to Prepare for Standardized State Testing with Your Class
Advice for How to Prepare for Standardized State Testing with Your Class
by Erin Riskey October 2016

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.

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How Active Listening Helps You Communicate Better with Students
How Active Listening Helps You Communicate Better with Students
by Stuart Mayo October 2016

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.

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Advice for New Teachers Who Are Having Doubts
Advice for New Teachers Who Are Having Doubts
by Rachel Tustin October 2016

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.

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How to Get Your Students to Buy-in to Classroom Rules
How to Get Your Students to Buy-in to Classroom Rules
by Patricia Willis October 2016

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.

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How Do I Support Individual Learning Plans in Class?
How Do I Support Individual Learning Plans in Class?
by Patricia Willis October 2016

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.

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Mix Up the Daily Routine to Keep Your Students & Yourself Interested!
Mix Up the Daily Routine to Keep Your Students & Yourself Interested!
by Melissa Kreindel October 2016

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.

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Setting Realistic Goals for Yourself & the School Year as a New Teacher
Setting Realistic Goals for Yourself & the School Year as a New Teacher
by Rachel Tustin October 2016

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.

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Motivating Your Students to Read Literature as a New English Teacher
Motivating Your Students to Read Literature as a New English Teacher
by Melissa Kreindel October 2016

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.

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Identifying & Helping Students Who Are Chronically Behind
Identifying & Helping Students Who Are Chronically Behind
by Patricia Willis October 2016

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.

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How to Plan Successful Student-Led Conferences for Middle Schoolers
How to Plan Successful Student-Led Conferences for Middle Schoolers
by Rachel Tustin November 2016

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.

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Is Teacher Burnout More Likely If You're an Introvert?
Is Teacher Burnout More Likely If You're an Introvert?
by Rachel Tustin December 2016

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.

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What Administrators Look for During Classroom Walkthroughs
What Administrators Look for During Classroom Walkthroughs
by Melissa Kreindel October 2016

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.

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New to Teaching & Feeling Overwhelmed? Take Back Your Sundays!
New to Teaching & Feeling Overwhelmed? Take Back Your Sundays!
by Patricia Willis October 2016

A quick guide to preventing new teacher burnout by setting aside one day every week to take better care of yourself. Stay healthy, keep motivated, and develop relationships that will keep you excited about your career. Make coming to work every day something you look forward to.

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New Teacher Tips: Stop Obsessing Over Every Little Mistake
New Teacher Tips: Stop Obsessing Over Every Little Mistake
by Rachel Tustin October 2016

As teachers, especially new teachers, it is easy to beat ourselves up over every mistake. Especially when you are under the pressure of induction meetings, instructional coaches, and administrative evaluations. The trick is to keep the mistakes in perspective, and find ways to stop beating ourselves up over our small failures.

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Why You Should Try Blended Learning in Your Classroom
Why You Should Try Blended Learning in Your Classroom
by Erin Riskey October 2016

In today's day and age, technology is everywhere, and the traditional textbook-only approach to learning is becoming a thing of the past. Continue reading to discover how blended learning can enrich your classroom and boost student achievement.

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When and How You Should Prepare for Teacher Evaluations
When and How You Should Prepare for Teacher Evaluations
by Rachel Tustin October 2016

Teacher evaluations can be a stressful situation for even the most experienced classroom teachers, let alone if you are a first-year teacher or starting over in a new school or school district. However, if you take the time from day one to get your evidence in order, you can alleviate the majority of stress associated with your evaluation.

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Tips for New Teachers: How to Not Take It Personally in the Classroom
Tips for New Teachers: How to Not Take It Personally in the Classroom
by Rachel Tustin October 2016

We came into the classroom with the passion to change the world. However, there will be days in your teaching career where students and parents alike will take aim at you personally. To survive in the classroom, you have to find ways to not take those insults personally, and handle them appropriately.

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Happy World Teachers' Day!
Happy World Teachers' Day!
by Meghan Cooney October 2016

Often times we focus on what's wrong with the world but don't highlight those that strive to make the world right. Great teachers influence the world beyond the confines of their classroom. Educators challenge, inspire, and mold students into future leaders, innovators, and influencers. Today on World Teacher Day, take a moment to recognize the teachers that have changed your life and how.

Strategies for Creating Personalized Learning Plans for Students
Strategies for Creating Personalized Learning Plans for Students
by Rachel Tustin October 2016

In any given teacher's classroom, you will find students with a history of academic struggles. Sometimes they may excel in one area, while increasingly falling behind in another. Other times they may be several years behind in a particular subject. In any case, working with students to create personalized learning plans is a way to help students close their learning gaps and find success.

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Time Management for Teachers In & Out of the Classroom
Time Management for Teachers In & Out of the Classroom
by Erin Riskey February 2017

With everything you're responsible for as a new teacher, there are probably times when you feel like there are simply not enough minutes in the day. Continue reading for some actionable advice that can help you get the most out of your days - both in and out of the classroom.

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How to Keep on Teaching Even When You Don't Feel Like It
How to Keep on Teaching Even When You Don't Feel Like It
by Rachel Tustin September 2016

There are days in every teacher's career when you feel like you can't face your classroom. You may find days where you sit in your car sipping your coffee psyching yourself up to enter the building. But have hope, there are strategies to get you through those tough days.

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How Important Is Homework to Student Success?
How Important Is Homework to Student Success?
by Laurie Smith October 2016

Will homework help your students succeed or is it simply extra effort for both students and teachers? There are definitely two camps on the issue, and this post will look at both sides.

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Why New Teachers Should Use Mindfulness Techniques
Why New Teachers Should Use Mindfulness Techniques
by Zach Pino February 2017

As a new teacher, you may face high levels of stress during your initial years of teaching. Dealing with difficult situations through mindfulness techniques can help you avoid burnout, improve your teaching skills and become a more effective, confident teacher who can handle all the job's demands. Read on to discover why new teachers can benefit from mindfulness techniques and how you can start using them right away.

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Prevent Teacher Burnout with These Mental Strategies
Prevent Teacher Burnout with These Mental Strategies
by Laurie Smith September 2016

As a teacher, you put in long hours and the emotional commitment can be draining. These mental strategies can help you keep your sanity and enjoy your time with your students.

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Dealing with Difficult Students - Classroom Management Tips
Dealing with Difficult Students - Classroom Management Tips
by Erin Riskey September 2016

Even when you think you're totally prepared as a new teacher, there are always those unexpected bumps in the road--one being difficult students. This post discusses some surefire tips for dealing with those hard-to-handle students and keeping your classroom under control.

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7 Activities for the Classroom When You Need a Break
7 Activities for the Classroom When You Need a Break
by Laurie Smith September 2016

Even the best teachers need a break during the class day now and then. This list of 7 activities will keep your students occupied and give you a chance to catch your breath!

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Why You Should Get Students Up and Walking Around
Why You Should Get Students Up and Walking Around
by Laurie Smith December 2016

Movement in the classroom can be a great way to increase focus and stimulate brain development. Learn more about why movement, standing, and even fidgeting can be good for your students!

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Dealing with Teacher Stress When Everything Seems to Be Going Wrong
Dealing with Teacher Stress When Everything Seems to Be Going Wrong
by Rachel Tustin September 2016

As educators, we work in a profession noted for high burnout. It is a stressful profession under the best of circumstances, let alone on the days or weeks when everything seems to fall apart. Here we will discuss some strategies for combating stress and teacher burnout.

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Essential Back to School Supplies Teachers Should Have
Essential Back to School Supplies Teachers Should Have
by Laurie Smith February 2017

We've rounded up some of the best-loved teacher recommended school supplies for the classroom. You're sure to find something on this list to add to your back-to-school shopping list!

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How to Re-engage Students After a Holiday Break
How to Re-engage Students After a Holiday Break
by Bill Sands September 2016

Holiday breaks are a common source of distraction, but with proper organization, teachers can use this time to re-focus and motivate students. Learn more about how this post-break period can affect students and pick up some strategies for keeping your students engaged.

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The New Teacher Back to School Checklist
The New Teacher Back to School Checklist
by Rachel Tustin September 2016

As a new teacher, you have jumped through a lot of hoops to earn your spot in front of the classroom. Although it's exciting, the thought of facing your students on the first day of school can be daunting. Feel confident and prepared by following our back to school checklist!

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The 6 Types of Students You'll Have in Your First Class
The 6 Types of Students You'll Have in Your First Class
by November 2016

We talked to veteran teachers here at Study.com to identify the most common types of students you'll encounter in the classroom. Read about the good and the bad of each type as well as your plan of action for interacting with them so that you feel prepared!

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Success Story Saturday: Redefining Traditional Standards of Success
Success Story Saturday: Redefining Traditional Standards of Success
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

Can you think back to a time when something changed the direction your life was headed? Maybe it was a lifetime event or a decision you had to make. For me it was a person, my high school English teacher Mr. Bo Cheli.

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Keep Your Class Under Control With These Techniques
Keep Your Class Under Control With These Techniques
by Erin Riskey September 2016

As a novice in the teaching world, you may be worried about maintaining control of your classroom when the going gets tough. This post highlights three ways to help you regain control if you happen to lose your grip.

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Avoiding Teacher Burnout -  5 Time Management Tips
Avoiding Teacher Burnout - 5 Time Management Tips
by Erin Riskey December 2016

With so much on your teaching plate, it's easy to see how you could get burned out pretty quickly. This post looks at five effective time management tips that will help you get the most out of your time and avoid that dreaded teacher burnout.

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5 Classroom Decorating Ideas When You're on a Budget
5 Classroom Decorating Ideas When You're on a Budget
by Meghan Cooney December 2016

Decorating your first classroom can be tough. You're not quite raking in the big bucks yet still want to have a warm, welcoming room your students will love. We will give you five easy ways to get your classroom gleaming without breaking the bank.

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Comparing the Biggest Back-to-School Concerns of Teachers & Students
Comparing the Biggest Back-to-School Concerns of Teachers & Students
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

We at Study.com wanted to know how a teacher's view of going back to school compared to their students. We ran a survey that asked, 'What is your biggest back-to-school concern?' Some of the results were rather surprising...

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Pros & Cons of Using Technology in the Elementary Classroom
Pros & Cons of Using Technology in the Elementary Classroom
by Erin Riskey September 2016

Technology is literally everywhere you look nowadays, and the elementary classroom is certainly no exception. To help you understand how this might affect your teaching career, we will sort out the pros and cons of technology use at the elementary level.

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How to Set Up Your Kindergarten Classroom Quickly
How to Set Up Your Kindergarten Classroom Quickly
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

There are many elements that contribute to a productive and fun kindergarten classroom. Although there are many components to consider, you can quickly set up a classroom your students will love with a little planning and organization. Read on for some tips on how to set up your kindergarten classroom in as little time as possible.

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Advice for Creating Your First Teacher Introduction Letter
Advice for Creating Your First Teacher Introduction Letter
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

One of the most important aspects of teaching is also one they generally don't cover in your training: communicating with parents. Motivating your students' parents to get onboard and involved is not an easy task. To start building this relationship, follow our advice on creating a teacher introduction letter to send to parents when the school year starts.

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Classroom Setup Ideas to Minimize Distractions
Classroom Setup Ideas to Minimize Distractions
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

In the age of smartphones, social media, and shrinking attention spans, it's harder than ever for teachers to keep young students focused on the task at hand. So what can teachers do to set up a classroom that minimizes distractions and keeps kids working hard on their assignments?

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How to Deal with Teacher Burnout - Getting Over the October Slump
How to Deal with Teacher Burnout - Getting Over the October Slump
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

As the year progresses and the novelty wears off, even the most enthusiastic new teacher can feel the energy lag. Continue down that path, and you might find yourself experiencing teacher burnout.

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Maintain Discipline in the Classroom with These Proven Strategies
Maintain Discipline in the Classroom with These Proven Strategies
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

Maintaining discipline in the classroom can be a challenge for any teacher at any grade level. Before students can begin to grow into active participants in their own education, the classroom has to be a place that is conducive to learning. Let's take a look at some proven strategies for maintaining classroom discipline.

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Those Dreaded First Two Weeks of School
Those Dreaded First Two Weeks of School
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

Veteran teacher Bo Cheli shares his unique approach to the first two weeks of school. Instead of diving into the work, he spends the time building relationships with his new 'colleagues' and getting them to buy in to their shared purpose.

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How to Talk to Difficult Parents During Parent-Teacher Conferences
How to Talk to Difficult Parents During Parent-Teacher Conferences
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

As a teacher, an important part of your role is communicating with parents, which can often be tougher than dealing with a crazy class of students. We'll give you some tips on how best to handle yourself during difficult parent-teacher conferences.

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Tips for Leading Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences
Tips for Leading Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

Parent-teacher conferences can be intimidating, particularly for new teachers. By building relationships with parents and preparing, you can stage successful conversations with parents that result in solid action steps for students.

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Classroom Management Strategies: Building on a Strong Foundation
Classroom Management Strategies: Building on a Strong Foundation
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

In our blog post 'The Fundamentals of Effective Classroom Management for New Teachers,' we set out to gather advice from experienced teachers on how to build a strong foundation for effective classroom management. In this post, learn how to build on that strong foundation and lead your students to happier, more productive learning!

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How to Manage Your Stress as a First-Year Teacher
How to Manage Your Stress as a First-Year Teacher
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

As a new elementary, middle or high school teacher, you'll most likely encounter stress at some point during your first year. Stress is actually a major factor that can greatly affect teachers early in their careers. Managing that stress is crucial for ensuring your success as a new teacher. Read below for some stress management strategies to help you get through your first school year.

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New Teacher Tips: Controlling an Unruly Classroom
New Teacher Tips: Controlling an Unruly Classroom
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

In the movie 'Dangerous Minds,' Michelle Pfeiffer's character gets her misbehaving class's attention by highlighting that she was a marine and showing off some of those skills. Unfortunately, that's not an option for most new teachers in that situation. Here are some realistic ways to take control of your unruly classroom.

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Letting Quick Students Get Ahead Without Neglecting Students Falling Behind
Letting Quick Students Get Ahead Without Neglecting Students Falling Behind
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

As a new elementary school teacher, you want to nurture your students so that they can succeed. But how do you balance giving advanced students the opportunities they need without making things worse for students who are struggling? We have some ideas to help you do just that.

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How to Instill a Sense of Wonder in Your Students
How to Instill a Sense of Wonder in Your Students
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

All teachers probably want to roll their eyes when they hear the questions some student is bound to ask. When will I actually use this? Why do I need to know this? By instilling a sense of wonder in your students, you can cut down on these questions. Students will be so excited about learning that they won't even think to ask them!

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How Personalized Learning Plans Are Changing Traditional Education
How Personalized Learning Plans Are Changing Traditional Education
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

The traditional approach to education says that teachers should lecture in front of the class and students will get tested on that knowledge. Yet it seems like this system is no longer working in the United States. Schools are starting to implement personalized learning plans to make learning more effective for each student

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The Fundamentals of Effective Classroom Management for New Teachers
The Fundamentals of Effective Classroom Management for New Teachers
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

Whether you're teaching first grade or twelfth, strong classroom management skills can go a long way towards setting your students up for success. The challenge is, effective classroom management extends far beyond the basics of establishing warm-up routines and perfecting your seating arrangement.

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How to Implement Personalized Learning Plans in the Classroom
How to Implement Personalized Learning Plans in the Classroom
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

Personalized learning plans require a lot of planning and attention to be implemented. Yet with the right attitude and right structure, any classroom can establish them successfully and foster more efficient learning.

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Tips for Using Technology in the Classroom as a New Teacher
Tips for Using Technology in the Classroom as a New Teacher
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

In this day and age, students are fully immersed in technology. They have smartphones, can use a tablet with the ease of a professional, and are no strangers to using the internet. As a new teacher, how can you bring this technology into your classroom to help engage students?

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What to Do When Unruly Students Leave You Exhausted in Class
What to Do When Unruly Students Leave You Exhausted in Class
by Meghan Cooney September 2016

Find yourself exhausted at the end of the day? Join the club - new teachers often report extreme tiredness and lack of energy. This blog will give you sound advice on how to beat that end-of-day exhaustion with tools and strategies to use both right now and in the long-term.

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