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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 Great Books on Teaching
Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Education Apps for the Classroom
Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips
Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
Top 10 Icebreakers to Get to Know Your Students
Top 10 Science Graphic Organizers
Top 10 Free Field Trips
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Top 15 Pieces of Advice from Veteran Teachers
Top 10 Motivation Tips for the Classroom
Preparing for Your First Day as a New Teacher
Top 10 Writing Graphic Organizers Gallery
Lesson Planning Advice from Veteran Teachers
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Bulletin Boards Printables Slideshow
Open House Resources, Grades K-6
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
Skill Assessment Form
Assessment vs. Evaluation
Categories of Evaluation
Portfolio Assessment Guide
Authentic Assessment
Individual Activity Rubric
More Assessment Resources

Behavior Management

Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Discipline
Behavior Analysis Log
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 1
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 2
Communicating Bad News to Parents
Student Fight Sheet
Students' Contributions to the Rules
Good and Bad Consequences
Getting the Most out of Detention
Setting Limits for Effective Behavior Management
Guidelines for Behavioral Observations
Student Incident Report
Keeping Parents Informed
Environmental Interventions
Discipline Must Be Logical: Teaching Advice
Preempting Students' Premature Questions
Applying School Rules to the Classroom
Handling Misbehavior During Instruction (I)
The Fighting Student
Handling Misbehavior During Instruction (II)
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
Top Signs of Trouble for Kids in Grades K-5
Proofreading the Mechanics of Written Work
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
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
Getting to Know Your Student
Tips from Veteran Teachers on Dealing with Parents
Understanding Report Cards: Tips for Parents
Getting Parents Involved
Field Trip Permission Form
Parental Contact Record
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Dealing with Homework

Homework Checklist
Help Parents Deal with Homework
The Question of Homework
Homework Contract
Tips for Helping Your Kids Handle Homework
Homework Grading Guide & Good News About Homework Note
Homework: Setting the Stage
Assigning Student Homework (I)
Assigning Student Homework (II)
Making Up Homework After Student Absence (I)
Making Up Homework After Student Absence (II)
Providing Incentives for Doing Homework
Collecting Student Homework
Dealing with the Missing Homework Paper
Copying Another Student's Homework

Professional Development

Cooperative Learning
Dictionary of Educational Jargon
Focused Mini Lessons
Cause and Effect
The Concept of Measurement
What is the Common Core? Videos & Resources for Teachers
Metaphors and Analogies
The Fire Drill
Estimation in Measurement
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
Empowering Diverse Students with Learning Problems
Reducing Overrepresentation of Diverse Students in Special Education
Communicating with Culturally Diverse Parents of Exceptional Children
Bilingual Special Education
Increasing Meaningful Access Through Comprehensible Input
More Resources for Teaching English-Language Learners

Dealing With Social/Emotional Issues

Story Elements
Classroom Management
Conflict Resolution Activities
Feeling Words Chart
Resolving Conflicts
Acting Out Conflict
Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Talk It Out Together
Exploring the Nature of Conflict
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


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

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: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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