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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 End-of-Year Gifts for Students
Top 10 Things Every Teacher Needs in the Classroom
Top 10 Educational Technology Resources
Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Free Field Trips
Top 10 Motivation Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Great Books on Teaching
Top 10 Writing Graphic Organizers Gallery
10 Inspirational Quotes for Educators
Top 10 Education Apps for the Classroom
5 Best Free Educational Game Sites for Kids
Top 10 Science Graphic Organizers
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips
Top 10 Icebreakers to Get to Know Your Students
Top 10 Animal-Themed Graphic Organizers
Top 15 Pieces of Advice from Veteran Teachers
Lesson Planning Advice from Veteran Teachers
Customizable Passes for New Teachers
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

Scantron® Sheets
Assessment vs. Evaluation
Categories of Evaluation
Individual Activity Rubric
Chapter Self-Check
More Assessment Resources

Behavior Management

Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Discipline
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 2
Setting Limits for Effective Behavior Management
Students' Contributions to the Rules
Guidelines for Behavioral Observations
Discipline Must Be Logical: Teaching Advice
Environmental Interventions
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
The Crossover Profile
Using General Education Standards with IEPs
What is Dyslexia?
More Special Needs Resources

Teacher-Parent Relationships

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Hosting a Successful Open House
Student Progress Report
Parent/Teacher Relations
Getting Parents Involved
Help Parents Deal with Homework
Create a Meaningful Open House
Tips from Veteran Teachers on Dealing with Parents
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Five Important Questions
Getting to Know Your Student
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Dealing with Homework

Homework Checklist
The Question of Homework

Professional Development

Cooperative Learning
Dictionary of Educational Jargon
Cause and Effect
Focused Mini Lessons
Metaphors and Analogies
The Concept of Measurement
Classification
Estimation in Measurement
Measurement of Time
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
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
Bilingual Special Education
Increasing Meaningful Access Through Comprehensible Input
Effective Instruction for English Language Learners with Mild Disabilities
Teaching Academic Language
Reducing Overrepresentation of Diverse Students in Special Education
More Resources for Teaching English-Language Learners

Dealing With Social/Emotional Issues

Summarizing
Story Elements
Classroom Management
Conflict Resolution Activities
Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Resolving Conflicts
Acting Out Conflict
Practicing Problem Solving
Five Styles of Handling Children's Conflicts
Talk It Out Together
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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Highlights

Win a HueHD Prize Pack!
We’re sending you Back to School with HueHD! Join the Maker Movement with Hue’s Animation Studio, HD Pro Document Camera, and Tablet Stand. Every week in September, one lucky teacher will win the ultimate classroom and STEAM bundle. Encourage students to create, innovate, tinker, and explore! Enter Now!

2016 Presidential Elections
Election season is here. Help your students understand the process of our national elections, from the President down to local representatives, with our election activities. Read short biographies of presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R), explore mock election ideas, create presidential trading cards, learn election vocabulary, play election bingo and more!

September Calendar of Events
September is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum! Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: U.S. Constitution Week (9/17-23), International Day of Peace (9/21), Autumn Begins (9/22), and Banned Books Week (9/25-10/1). Plus, celebrate Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Classical Music Month, Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15), Hunger Action Month, Hunger Action Month, Library Card Sign-Up Month, National Sickle Cell Month all September long!