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First Year

Overcoming First Year Jitters

Overcoming First Year Jitters

How many days do you have left before you report back to the classroom?  For some, Professional Development and pre-service days are over and students will be filtering into the classroom this week.  For veteran teachers this time can produce anxiety, but for new teachers it can be even more overwhelming. This fall, new teachers
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Tips and Advice for New Teacher Graduates

Tips and Advice for New Teacher Graduates

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Welcome to your new career! What an exciting yet busy time for you as new teacher graduates with the completion of student teaching, a college degree in education, applications, resumes, and interviews! You now find yourself starting a new career educating our youth. What are some things you might expect?


You Make a Difference

As 2012 winds down and with it the first half of the school year, never forget that you make a difference. Thank you for all that you do!


When Students Inspire Teachers

Feeling a bit uninspired lately? Join us for #TeachChat tonight (12/12/12) at 9pm EST, but first watch this fantastic video of a student determined to inspire his teachers.


Teaching ESOL Students While Creating Accessible Lessons for All

Teaching ESOL Students While Creating Accessible Lessons for All

by Sarah Plumitallo, Guest Blogger As a first year teacher at an elementary school with a high population of ESOL students, my greatest challenge in the classroom is creating lessons and learning opportunities that are accessible to each of my students. I’ve found that there are three strategies that make a great deal of impact:


#TeachChat Archive: Advice for Teachers – September 5, 2012

#TeachChat Archive:  Advice for Teachers – September 5, 2012

So many times we think that only brand new teachers need encouragement and advice.  I would challenge you to reconsider and think of every teacher as a new teacher.  Each year is a new set of students with new interests and challenges.  Each year you are a new teacher with new ideas and excitement.  Never
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5 Super Substitute Teaching Tips

5 Super Substitute Teaching Tips

One of the most challenging teaching positions out there is that of the substitute teacher.  Sometimes discounted, these valuable teaching professionals face unique situations everyday that make their jobs both rewarding and different from a full-time teachers’.  If you are a substitute teacher, or want to explore this option for extra-income, check out the tips
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50 Things You Never Knew About Teaching

50 Things You Never Knew About Teaching

If you have ever considered being a teacher or are almost ready to graduate from a teacher training program, you might have some ideas about what you think teaching is really like.  For veteran teachers, however, there are a lot of things they have come to realize about the profession that they never knew before. 
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3 Ideas Every New Teacher Needs

3 Ideas Every New Teacher Needs

Whether it is your first year in your own classroom or you are about to begin your student teaching assignment, that first year teaching can be stressful.  We asked veteran teachers to share some of their best tips and tricks with us to help you get through the year with a smile.  The three tips
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What Will Your Legacy as a Teacher Be?

What Will Your Legacy as a Teacher Be?

Have you ever seen the movie Peggy Sue Got Married?  The 1985 movie by Francis Coppola is about a woman named Peggy Sue (Kathleen Turner) who gets whisked back in time to her senior year while at her 25th High School Reunion.  In the movie she talks about what life is like in 1985 and
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