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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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?
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.