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Discover everything a beginning teacher will need for a successful school year, from tips for your first day, to classroom-management advice, to printables and lesson plans that will support your curriculum all year long. Get help with disciplining your students, lesson methodologies, the first day of school, maintaining both authority and fairness, assessing your students' work, teaching English-language learners and students with special needs, forming a relationship with parents, and more. You'll also find printable forms, awards, and graphic organizers to help you in planning your lessons and your curriculum for the whole year.

Slideshows of Advice

Top 10 Things Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom
Top 10 End-of-Year Gifts for Students
Top 10 Great Books on Teaching
Top 10 Educational Technology Resources
Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
Top 10 Science Graphic Organizers
Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips
Top 10 Free Field Trips
Top 10 Motivation Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Education Apps for the Classroom
Top 15 Pieces of Advice from Veteran Teachers
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Top 10 Writing Graphic Organizers Gallery
Top 10 Interactive Whiteboard Websites & Resources
Top 10 Icebreakers to Get to Know Your Students
TeacherVision's Favorite Classroom Management Tips & Forms
Lesson Planning Advice from Veteran Teachers
Forms, Charts & Lists for Back to School
Preparing for Your First Day as a New Teacher
More Slideshows for Teachers

Beginning the School Year

First Day at the Secondary Level
Ten Guiding Principles for the Beginning of the Year
Preparing for the First Day of School
FAQs for the First Days of School
First Day Celebration
Student Orientation
First Questions First
Make a Giving Tree
Self Portrait Class Book
Offering Students Choices from Day One
More Resources for Back to School

The Classroom

Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips
Creating a Physical Learning Environment
On the Hunt for Supplies
Classroom Arrangement Checklist
Seating Arrangements
Creating an Effective Physical Classroom Environment
Bulletin Boards

Classroom Notes, Passes, and Forms

Class List/Grades
"From the Desk of..." Stationery
Library Pass/Nurse Pass
Weekly Plans
Hall Pass and Lavatory Pass Samples
Bathroom Pass (8 per sheet)
Student Homework Checklist
More Classroom Forms & Notes

Lesson Planning

Lesson Planning Advice from Veteran Teachers
Teacher Team Planning Form
Structuring Lessons for Diverse Learners -- Planning Pyramid
The Question of Homework
The Basics of Centers
Lesson Plans: Using Objectives
Lesson Plans: Using Procedures
Bulletin Boards: Themes and Tips
Learning Centers
More Lesson Planning Forms & Resources


Teacher Self-Evaluation Form
Scantron® Sheets
Assessment vs. Evaluation
Skill Assessment Form
Portfolio Assessment Guide
Categories of Evaluation
Authentic Assessment
Please Do Not Disturb Sign (Testing)
More Assessment Resources

Behavior Management

Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Discipline
Behavior Analysis Log
Communicating Bad News to Parents
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 1
Getting the Most out of Detention
Student Fight Sheet
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 2
Good and Bad Consequences
Students' Contributions to the Rules
Discipline Must Be Logical: Teaching Advice
Student Incident Report
Environmental Interventions
Setting Limits for Effective Behavior Management
Guidelines for Behavioral Observations
Preempting Students' Premature Questions
The Rebellious Student
Keeping Parents Informed
Strategies for Communicating Displeasure
Worksheets for Missing Students
Group Distraction Evaluation Guide
More Behavior Management Resources

Special Education, Learning Disabilities, and Inclusion

Teaching Students with Special Needs
Students with Exceptionalities
Effective Teaching Strategies
Effective Accommodations for IEPs
What is Dyslexia?
Grading Process Tips
Using General Education Standards with IEPs
More Special Needs Resources

Teacher-Parent Relationships

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Student Progress Report
Hosting a Successful Open House
Family Nights
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
Understanding Report Cards: Tips for Parents
Parent/Teacher Relations
Tips from Veteran Teachers on Dealing with Parents
Create a Meaningful Open House
Report of Incident to Parent Form
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Dealing with Homework

Homework Checklist
The Question of Homework
Help Parents Deal with Homework
Tips for Helping Your Kids Handle Homework
Homework Contract
Making Up Homework After Student Absence (II)
Special Homework Notice
Grading of Student Homework (I)
Dealing with the Missing Homework Paper
Assigning Student Homework (II)
Collecting Student Homework
Contacting the Home About Homework (I)
Homework Collection Record & Student Restitution Sheet
Giving Back Student Homework
Homework Excuse Form

Professional Development

Cooperative Learning
Cause and Effect
Dictionary of Educational Jargon
Metaphors and Analogies
Focused Mini Lessons
The Concept of Measurement
Theory and Evidence
Linear Measurement
The Power of the Metric System
More Professional Development Resources

Teaching English Language Learners

Strategies for Teaching Culturally Diverse Students
What Is Comprehensible Input?
The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners
Teaching English-Language Learners with Learning Difficulties
English Words Created by Spanish Culture
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
Effective Instruction for English Language Learners with Mild Disabilities
The Spanish Language Has Many Accents
What Is Meaningful Access to the General Curriculum?
Empowering Diverse Students with Learning Problems
More Resources for Teaching English-Language Learners

Dealing With Social/Emotional Issues

Story Elements
Classroom Management
Conflict Resolution Activities
Feeling Words Chart
Resolving Conflicts
Seeing the Same Event Through Different Eyes
Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Acting Out Conflict
Five Styles of Handling Children's Conflicts
More Resources on Social/Emotional Issues

Teaching Methods & Strategies

Dictionary of Educational Jargon
Lesson Methodologies
Routines and Schedules
Helpful Bits of Advice from Veteran Teachers
Time Management Tips for Teachers
Standards for Good Teaching
Effective Teaching Strategies
Professional Development Resources for Teachers
Too Many Tasks, Not Enough Day
Basic Internet Skills for Teachers
What Are Blogs, RSS Feeds, Podcasts, and Widgets?
Organizing a Professional Portfolio
Copyright and Copy Wrong
More Teaching Methods

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Classroom Organization Tips
Did you resolve to get organized this year? Our Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips will help you get your classroom in shape for the months ahead, whether your existing system needs a tune-up or you're ready for a total overhaul.

February Calendar of Events
February is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Valentine's Day (2/14), Presidents' Day (2/15), Eating Disorders Awareness Week (2/21-27), and Leap Day (2/29). Plus, celebrate Black History Month, Library Lovers' Month, National Heart Month all February long!

Black History Month
Black History Month (February) is here. Make sure you have the materials to help you teach this important topic, from historical figures (Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks) and the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, to slavery and the Civil War, to racism, discrimination, and the Black Lives Matter movement in America today.

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, the American Revolution, and the environment. Enjoy!

Coding & Computer Science
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, and Hour of Code resources make a great introduction to the computer science skills all students will benefit from.