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Articles and videos for early-career teachers. Start the school year with 120 practical tips from our community of experienced educators.

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  • Building Strong Foundations With Classroom Routines

    Investing time early in the year to establish procedures and expectations lets teachers and students enjoy a classroom that runs more smoothly (almost!) every day.
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  • For New Teachers, 6 Principles to Remember This Year

    It won’t be easy, but if you prepare for turbulence and set reasonable goals, you’ll stay calmer and make progress in all the right places.
    Stephen Merrill, Sarah Gonser
    6.6k
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    8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
    63.4k
  • Relationship Building From Day 1

    Strategies for fostering relationships with middle and high school students starting on the first day of the school year and then growing them all year long.
    5k
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    How Novice and Expert Teachers Approach Classroom Management Differently

    A 2021 study reveals the ways in which new and experienced teachers think about discipline—plus 6 takeaways for managing your classroom effectively this year.
    19.1k
  • How Burned Out Are You? A Scale For Teachers

    A four-stage framework can help teachers understand the burnout process—and what they can do to protect their well-being and career.
    5.2k
  • 7 Attention-Getters to Use Instead of Raising Your Voice

    These visual and audio cues can help middle and high school teachers quickly get students back on track.
    7.7k
  • Using Video as a Coaching Tool With First-Year Teachers

    Instructional coaches can use video to help new teachers learn through self-reflection and collaboration with more experienced colleagues.
    376
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    7 Classroom Management Mistakes—and the Research on How to Fix Them

    Whether our emotions get the best of us, or we fall into familiar but unproductive habits, here are 7 common classroom management mistakes, and what the research suggests you should do instead.
    20.5k
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    19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    Successful classroom management relies on a handful of fundamental strategies and a larger number of quick interventions.
    37.2k
  • 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    Most teachers have a method of calling for quiet, and we’ve collected a variety of good ideas for elementary, middle, and high school.
    50.5k
  • How to Set Up a Learner-Centered Classroom

    From composing a class charter to practicing morning meetings, these student-centered strategies create a nurturing environment where learners can thrive.
    1.5k
  • The Qualities of Exceptional Mentor Teachers

    Hundreds of teachers answered the question ‘What makes a great mentor?’ We read all 851 comments and distilled the very best advice.
    1.2k
  • Classroom Management Tips for New Teachers, From a New Teacher

    A first-year elementary teacher transformed her classroom with a focus on social and emotional learning—and a little help from Penny the Positivity Penguin.
    2.8k
  • 6 Things to Consider Before Leaving Teaching

    The demands of teaching can definitely take a toll—to the point that you might feel like you need a change. But before you make that decision, it’s important to make a clear assessment. 
    2.4k

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