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


Scantron® Sheets
Assessment vs. Evaluation
Teacher Self-Evaluation Form
Portfolio Assessment Guide
Categories of Evaluation
Skill Assessment Form
Please Do Not Disturb Sign (Testing)
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
Getting the Most out of Detention
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 2
Student Incident Report
Good and Bad Consequences
Setting Limits for Effective Behavior Management
Student Fight Sheet
Students' Contributions to the Rules
Guidelines for Behavioral Observations
Environmental Interventions
Working with the Talkative and/or Disruptive Student
Dealing with Cleanliness in the Classroom
Discipline Must Be Logical: Teaching Advice
The Rebellious Student
Student Detention Analysis Sheet
Classroom Incident Report
Preempting Students' Premature Questions
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
Top Signs of Trouble for Kids in Grades K-5
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
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
Student Progress Report
Help Parents Deal with Homework
Parent/Teacher Relations
Tips from Veteran Teachers on Dealing with Parents
Getting Parents Involved
Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
Getting to Know Your Student
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Dealing with Homework

Homework Checklist
The Question of Homework
Homework Excuse Form
Homework Contract
Providing Incentives for Doing Homework
Tips for Helping Your Kids Handle Homework
Assigning Student Homework (I)
Making Up Homework After Student Absence (I)
Dealing with the Missing Homework Paper
Refusing to Do or Hand In Homework
Grading of Student Homework (II)
Contacting the Home About Homework (I)
Checking Student Progress in Homework
Absentee Student Record
Special Homework Notice

Professional Development

Cooperative Learning
Dictionary of Educational Jargon
Cause and Effect
Focused Mini Lessons
Metaphors and Analogies
The Concept of Measurement
The Fire Drill
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?
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
Effective Instruction for English Language Learners with Mild Disabilities
Increasing Meaningful Access Through Comprehensible Input
Dora the Explorer: Weather Activity (Spanish)
Reducing Overrepresentation of Diverse Students in Special Education
More Resources for Teaching English-Language Learners

Dealing With Social/Emotional Issues

Story Elements
Conflict Resolution Activities
Classroom Management
Feeling Words Chart
Acting Out Conflict
Resolving Conflicts
Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Practicing Problem Solving
Five Styles of Handling Children's Conflicts
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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Earth Day
Kids love hearing about the Earth and ways we can be better to our environment! We've gathered some great resources to help you celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with your class. Some of our most popular activities include this Pollution Matching Worksheet, Recycling Videos and Activities, and Renewable and Non-renewable Energy Worksheet, Recycled Art Lesson Plan, and a Trash & Climate Change Activities Packet!

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April Calendar of Events
April is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Encourage a Young Writer Day (4/10), Library Week (4/10-16), Passover Begins (4/22), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), and International Dance Day (4/20). Plus, celebrate Math Education Month, Poetry Month, Garden Month, School Library Month all April long!

Coding & Computer Science
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, and Hour of Code resources make a great introduction to the computer science skills all students will benefit from.