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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 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips
Top 10 Free Field Trips
Top 10 Science Graphic Organizers
Top 15 Pieces of Advice from Veteran Teachers
Top 10 Icebreakers to Get to Know Your Students
Top 10 Education Apps for the Classroom
Top 10 Motivation Tips for the Classroom
Lesson Planning Advice from Veteran Teachers
Top 10 Writing Graphic Organizers Gallery
Top 10 Animal-Themed Graphic Organizers
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Teaching Guides for Summer Reading
Customizable Passes for New Teachers
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


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

Behavior Management

Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Discipline
Behavior Analysis Log
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 1
Communicating Bad News to Parents
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 2
Getting the Most out of Detention
Good and Bad Consequences
Student Fight Sheet
Students' Contributions to the Rules
Setting Limits for Effective Behavior Management
Dealing with Cleanliness in the Classroom
Student Incident Report
Guidelines for Behavioral Observations
Instant Disciplinary Referral Card
Working with the Talkative and/or Disruptive Student
Environmental Interventions
Discipline Must Be Logical: Teaching Advice
Preempting Students' Premature Questions
Applying School Rules to the Classroom
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
Grading Process Tips
Tally Sheet and Yes/No Chart
More Special Needs Resources

Teacher-Parent Relationships

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Hosting a Successful Open House
Student Progress Report
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
Understanding Report Cards: Tips for Parents
Field Trip Permission Form
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
Help Parents Deal with Homework
Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference
Getting to Know Your Student
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Dealing with Homework

Homework Checklist
The Question of Homework
Tips for Helping Your Kids Handle Homework
Homework Contract
Assigning Student Homework (I)
Assigning Student Homework (II)
Providing Incentives for Doing Homework
Collecting Student Homework
Refusing to Do or Hand In Homework
Grading of Student Homework (I)
Contacting the Home About Homework (I)
Contacting the Home About Homework (II)
Absentee Student Record
Homework Collection Record & Student Restitution Sheet
Special Homework Notice

Professional Development

Cooperative Learning
Focused Mini Lessons
Dictionary of Educational Jargon
What is the Common Core? Videos & Resources for Teachers
Cause and Effect
Metaphors and Analogies
The Concept of Measurement
The Fire Drill
Measurement of Time
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
No English Teacher's Guide
The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners
Bilingual Special Education
Increasing Meaningful Access Through Comprehensible Input
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
Reducing Overrepresentation of Diverse Students in Special Education
Teaching Academic Language
More Resources for Teaching English-Language Learners

Dealing With Social/Emotional Issues

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


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

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, 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.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

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.

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