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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 Educational Technology Resources
Top 10 Great Books on Teaching
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Writing Graphic Organizers Gallery
Top 10 Free Field Trips
Top 10 Science Graphic Organizers
Top 10 End-of-Year Gifts for Students
Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips
Top 10 Education Apps for the Classroom
Top 10 Icebreakers to Get to Know Your Students
Top 15 Pieces of Advice from Veteran Teachers
Top 10 Motivation Tips for the Classroom
Lesson Planning Advice from Veteran Teachers
Top 10 Animal-Themed Graphic Organizers
Customizable Passes for New Teachers
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Top 10 Ways to Use Skype in Your 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


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

Behavior Management

Behavior Analysis Log
Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Discipline
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 1
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 2
Communicating Bad News to Parents
Getting the Most out of Detention
Student Fight Sheet
Good and Bad Consequences
Students' Contributions to the Rules
Student Incident Report
Setting Limits for Effective Behavior Management
Guidelines for Behavioral Observations
Working with the Talkative and/or Disruptive Student
Copying Another Student's Homework
Behavior Quiz
What Is a Behavior?
Are These the Best Conditions?
Keeping Track of Your Behavior
Environmental Interventions
Discipline Must Be Logical: Teaching Advice
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
Grading Process Tips
Tally Sheet and Yes/No Chart
What is Dyslexia?
More Special Needs Resources

Teacher-Parent Relationships

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Hosting a Successful Open House
Family Nights
Student Progress Report
Getting Parents Involved
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
Getting to Know Your Student
Parent/Teacher Relations
Parent-Teacher Communication Advice from Veteran Teachers
Understanding Report Cards: Tips for Parents
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Dealing with Homework

Homework Checklist
The Question of Homework
Help Parents Deal with Homework
Homework Contract
Homework Sheet
Student Homework Planning Calendar
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
Refusing to Do or Hand In Homework
Grading of Student Homework (I)

Professional Development

Cooperative Learning
Focused Mini Lessons
Cause and Effect
Dictionary of Educational Jargon
Metaphors and Analogies
The Concept of Measurement
Measurement of Time
The Fire Drill
Powerful Ideas Related to Measurement
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
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners
Increasing Meaningful Access Through Comprehensible Input
Bilingual Special Education
Effective Instruction for English Language Learners with Mild Disabilities
Empowering Diverse Students with Learning Problems
Communicating with Culturally Diverse Parents of Exceptional Children
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
Talk It Out Together
Practicing Problem Solving
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


Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: April Fool's Day (begins 4/1), Passover (begins sundown 4/3), Easter (4/5), Name Yourself Day (4/9), Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins sundown 4/15), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports 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.

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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