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New Teacher Resources

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

Assessment

Skill Assessment Form
Teacher Self-Evaluation Form
Scantron® Sheets
Assessment vs. Evaluation
Portfolio Assessment Guide
Categories of Evaluation
Individual Activity Rubric
Authentic Assessment
More Assessment Resources

Behavior Management

Behavior Analysis Log
Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Discipline
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 1
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 2
Students' Contributions to the Rules
Communicating Bad News to Parents
Student Fight Sheet
Getting the Most out of Detention
Student Incident Report
Good and Bad Consequences
Guidelines for Behavioral Observations
Discipline Must Be Logical: Teaching Advice
Setting Limits for Effective Behavior Management
Dealing with Cleanliness in the Classroom
Classroom Incident Report
Applying School Rules to the Classroom
Setting a Goal
Working with the Talkative and/or Disruptive Student
Environmental Interventions
Applying School Rules Outside the Classroom
More Behavior Management Resources

Special Education, Learning Disabilities, and Inclusion

Teaching Students with Special Needs
Students with Exceptionalities
Effective Accommodations for IEPs
Effective Teaching Strategies
Top Signs of Trouble for Kids in Grades K-5
Tally Sheet and Yes/No Chart
Grading Process Tips
More Special Needs Resources

Teacher-Parent Relationships

Hosting a Successful Open House
Getting to Know Your Student
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
Welcome Parents Sign
Student Progress Report
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Create a Meaningful Open House
Open House Resources, Grades K-6
Parent/Teacher Relations
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Dealing with Homework

Homework Checklist
The Question of Homework
Homework Sheet
Help Parents Deal with Homework
Student Homework Planning Calendar
Homework Excuse Form
Homework Contract
Tips for Helping Your Kids Handle Homework
Contacting the Home About Homework (II)
Special Homework Notice
Homework: Setting the Stage
Providing Incentives for Doing Homework
Making Up Homework After Student Absence (I)
Collecting Student Homework
Grading of Student Homework (I)

Professional Development

Cooperative Learning
Dictionary of Educational Jargon
Focused Mini Lessons
Cause and Effect
Metaphors and Analogies
The Concept of Measurement
The Fire Drill
How to Leave Plans for the Substitute Teacher
Estimation in 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?
Teaching English-Language Learners with Learning Difficulties
The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
Dora the Explorer: Object Identification Activity (Spanish)
Bilingual Special Education
English Words Created by Spanish Culture
Useful Initial Teaching Strategies
Effective Instruction for English Language Learners with Mild Disabilities
More Resources for Teaching English-Language Learners

Dealing With Social/Emotional Issues

Story Elements
Summarizing
Classroom Management
Conflict Resolution Activities
Feeling Words Chart
Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Acting Out Conflict
Exploring Cultural Points of View
Resolving Conflicts
Resolution Vocabulary
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

Highlights

What's New

Why educators choose Concordia University — Portland Online:

Back to School Headquarters
It's time to go Back to School! Feeling unprepared? We have you covered! Check out our very best resources and advice for New Teachers (applicable for the new and experienced), as well as Bulletin Board ideas, Icebreakers, Open House materials, and general Classroom Management tips for a successful new school year.

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Do you receive our free newsletters? We send out seasonal content tie-ins, topical resources, and daily activities. And now when you sign up for any TeacherVision newsletter, we'll send you a packet of our most popular back-to-school essentials as a free gift!

September Calendar of Events
September is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Labor Day (9/7), Patriot Day (9/11), Grandparents Day (9/13), Rosh Hashanah (begins sundown 9/13), Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15), Constitution Week (9/17-23), Yom Kippur (begins 9/22), Autumn (begins 9/23), Ancestor Appreciation Day (begins 9/27), and Banned Books Week (9/27-10/3). Plus, celebrate Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and Library Card Sign-Up Month and all September long!

Discounts for Teachers
Start the new school year with cash in your pocket! We have some great ways to save money on the supplies that keep your classroom running: Money-Saving Tips for Teachers and Free & Cheap Rewards for Students. Plus, check out our Discounts for Teachers so you can save on office supplies, clothing, books, crafts and fabric, travel, and more!

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