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New Teacher Resources

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 Great Books on Teaching
Top 10 Educational Technology Resources
Top 10 Behavior Management Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 End-of-Year Gifts for Students
Top 10 Icebreakers to Get to Know Your Students
Top 10 Free (& Cheap) Rewards for Students
Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips
Preparing for Your First Day as a New Teacher
Top 10 Back to School Printables Gallery
Top 10 Free Field Trips
Top 15 Pieces of Advice from Veteran Teachers
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Top 10 Education Apps for the Classroom
Top 10 Science Graphic Organizers
Top 10 Writing Graphic Organizers Gallery
Lesson Planning Advice from Veteran Teachers
TeacherVision's Favorite Classroom Management Tips & Forms
Top 10 Motivation Tips for the Classroom
Forms, Charts & Lists for Back to School
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

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

Behavior Management

Tips for Achieving and Maintaining Discipline
Behavior Analysis Log
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 1
Students' Contributions to the Rules
Sample Behavior Contract, Version 2
Student Fight Sheet
Communicating Bad News to Parents
Student Incident Report
Getting the Most out of Detention
Good and Bad Consequences
Working with the Talkative and/or Disruptive Student
Applying School Rules to the Classroom
Dealing with Cleanliness in the Classroom
Setting Limits for Effective Behavior Management
Guidelines for Behavioral Observations
Discipline Must Be Logical: Teaching Advice
Copying Another Student's Homework
Setting a Goal
Environmental Interventions
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
What is Dyslexia?
More Special Needs Resources

Teacher-Parent Relationships

Hosting a Successful Open House
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Before, During, and After
Getting to Know Your Student
Invitation to Open House: Sample Letter
Student Progress Report
Welcome Parents Sign
Parent/Teacher Relations
Family Nights
Getting Parents Involved
Tips from Veteran Teachers on Dealing with Parents
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Dealing with Homework

Homework Checklist
The Question of Homework
Help Parents Deal with Homework
Dealing with the Missing Homework Paper
Homework Sheet
Grading of Student Homework (I)
Homework Contract
Tips for Helping Your Kids Handle Homework
Assigning Student Homework (II)
Contacting the Home About Homework (II)
Contacting the Home About Homework (I)
Giving Back Student Homework
Providing Incentives for Doing Homework
Homework Grading Guide & Good News About Homework Note
Making Up Homework After Student Absence (II)

Professional Development

Cooperative Learning
Dictionary of Educational Jargon
Focused Mini Lessons
The Concept of Measurement
Cause and Effect
Metaphors and Analogies
The Fire Drill
Classification
Measurement of Time
Parent-Teacher Communication Advice from Veteran Teachers
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
Increasing Meaningful Access Through Comprehensible Input
Key Instructional Principles to Use with English-Language Learners
Bilingual Special Education
Effective Instruction for English Language Learners with Mild Disabilities
The Unique Challenges of Teaching English-Language Learners
Teaching Academic Language
Dora the Explorer Map (Spanish)
More Resources for Teaching English-Language Learners

Dealing With Social/Emotional Issues

Story Elements
Summarizing
Classroom Management
Conflict Resolution Activities
Feeling Words Chart
Acting Out Conflict
Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
What Is Peace?
Talk It Out Together
Exploring Cultural Points of View
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

Highlights

Back to School Headquarters
August is Back to School Month and many of you will be returning to the classroom very soon. Feeling unprepared? We have you covered! Check out our very best resources and advice for New Teachers (applicable for the new and experienced), as well as Bulletin Board ideas, Icebreakers, Open House materials, and general Classroom Management tips for a successful new school year.

Special Offers for Teachers Newsletter
Do you receive our Special Offers for Teachers newsletter? Each month, we send out FREE resources to all of our subscribers. Our next issue (August 12) features a collection of our best Back-to-School materials—that's right, sign up now and get them for free!

Discounts for Teachers
Start the new school year with cash in your pocket! We have some great ways to save money on the supplies that keep your classroom running: Money-Saving Tips for Teachers and Free & Cheap Rewards for Students. Plus, check out our Discounts for Teachers so you can save on office supplies, clothing, books, crafts and fabric, travel, and more!

August Calendar of Events
August is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Friendship Day (8/2), President Obama's Birthday (8/4/1961), Astronaut Neil Armstrong's Birthday (8/5/1930), International Art Appreciation Day (8/9), International Youth Day (8/12), Aviation Day (8/19), Tooth Fairy Day (8/22), International Day for Remembrance of Slave Trade & Its Abolition (8/23), and Women's Equality Day (8/26). Plus, celebrate Back to School Month and Get Ready for Kindergarten Month all August long!

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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