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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 Motivation Tips for the Classroom
Top 10 Science Graphic Organizers
Top 10 Classroom Organization Tips
Top 10 Teacher-Parent Collaboration Ideas
Top 10 Education Apps for the Classroom
Top 10 Free Field Trips
Top 10 Writing Graphic Organizers Gallery
Top 15 Pieces of Advice from Veteran Teachers
Seasons Printables Slideshow
Top 10 Icebreakers to Get to Know Your Students
Lesson Planning Advice from Veteran Teachers
Top 10 Interactive Whiteboard Websites & Resources
Top 10 Animal-Themed Graphic Organizers
10 Inspirational Quotes for Educators
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
Assessment vs. Evaluation
Portfolio Assessment Guide
Skill Assessment Form
Scantron® Sheets
Categories of Evaluation
Individual Activity Rubric
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
Student Incident Report
Setting Limits for Effective Behavior Management
Keeping Parents Informed
Dealing with Cleanliness in the Classroom
Environmental Interventions
Discipline Must Be Logical: Teaching Advice
Handling Misbehavior During Instruction (I)
Setting a Goal
Guidelines for Behavioral Observations
Holly Hoocares' Problem
Working with the Talkative and/or Disruptive Student
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
Tally Sheet and Yes/No Chart
Grading Process Tips
Topic Summary Sheet
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
Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Five Important Questions
Parent Conference Consensus Sheet
Welcome Parents Sign
Understanding Report Cards: Tips for Parents
Getting Parents Involved
More Teacher-Parent Collaboration

Dealing with Homework

Homework Checklist
The Question of Homework
Help Parents Deal with Homework
Homework Sheet
Homework Excuse Form
Homework Contract
Tips for Helping Your Kids Handle Homework
Collecting Student Homework
Giving Back Student Homework
Dealing with the Missing Homework Paper
Making Up Homework After Student Absence (II)
Providing Incentives for Doing Homework
Grading of Student Homework (I)
Contacting the Home About Homework (II)
Absentee Student Record

Professional Development

Cooperative Learning
Cause and Effect
Dictionary of Educational Jargon
Focused Mini Lessons
Metaphors and Analogies
The Concept of Measurement
Measurement of Time
The Fire Drill
Linear Measurement
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
Useful Initial Teaching Strategies
Arquitectos de Peceras
More Resources for Teaching English-Language Learners

Dealing With Social/Emotional Issues

Story Elements
Classroom Management
Conflict Resolution Activities
Feeling Words Chart
Many Ways to Resolve Conflict
Acting Out Conflict
Talk It Out Together
What Is Peace?
Resolving 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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Celebrate the Festival of Lights in your classroom! Hanukkah begins at sundown December 6.

December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

Hour of Code
Introduce your students to basic coding and computer science! Celebrate Computer Science Education Week from December 7-13, 2015 with our Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Kids, Top 5 Free Coding Tools for Teens, or the Hour of Code resources provided by Code.org®

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

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.