Showing posts with label new teacher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label new teacher. Show all posts

Friday, August 18, 2017

Crowdsourcing Advice for New Teachers

Every year new teachers join our profession not knowing what they don't know. To help new teachers, five years ago I crowdsourced advice for new teachers. It's time to update that list of tips for new teachers. I put together this simple form for veteran teachers to submit their best advice for new teachers. If you have been teaching for five or more years, please take a moment to complete the form. Next week I'll publish the advice in a slideshow format with credit to each contributor. There is a place in the form to include a link to your Twitter profile and or blog.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hip Hughes History Presents Ten Classroom Management Tips

Keith Hughes, teacher and producer of the popular Hip Hughes History series of videos, recently released a good video for new teachers. Ten Solutions for Misbehavior offers practical advice for new teachers. My favorite tip, and one that I have given myself, is to maintain a few broad rules rather than making rules for every little thing in your classroom. New teachers, this video is for you.

My addition to this list comes from the first principal that I worked under, "don't openly engage in power struggles with students."

Sunday, August 11, 2013

100+ Tips for New Teachers and Good Reminders for Veteran Teachers

In 2011 and 2012 I asked readers to share their best tips for new teachers. I compiled all of the tips that were submitted and put them into a Google Slides presentation. I was reminded of this today when I received a couple of requests to share the slides again. The deck of slides is embedded below. I've made the slide deck public for anyone who has a Google Account to edit. Please make a copy and add your own tips if you feel inclined to do so.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Crowd Sourced Advice for New Teachers

A couple of years ago I surveyed readers to capture their best pieces of advice for new teachers. Back then 131 people replied and I published their advice in the slideshow that you see below. I would like to update the slideshow. If you have advice that you would like to share with new teachers, please complete the form below and I'll publish your advice in a new slideshow next weekend.

On a related note, Tom Barrett's Interesting Ways series includes a crowd-sourced slideshow of advice for getting to know your new class.

Monday, August 29, 2011

More Than 100 Tips and Tricks for New Teachers

Last fall I asked readers to contribute to a list of tips for new teachers. I compiled that list and put it together as a Google Docs presentation of 131 tips. This year, I would like to expand the list with more tips from you. If you have a helpful tip for new teachers, be it technology related or not, please consider leaving a comment on this post and I will add it to the presentation. Last year's list is embedded below.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Advice to new graduates that will be entering the teaching profession - Guest Post

Welcome to the hardest job you'll ever love!

By David Andrade,

As I think about the fact that most colleges will be holding graduation next month, I thought about all those new graduates that will be joining the education profession next year and thought I'd share some advice and resources for them. I'll be speaking to some from a few different area programs and I hope you will share these with new graduates that you know. I also figured this would be a good time because many seniors are still doing student teaching now. 

  • Your best resource as a new teacher is yourself. Use what you learned in school. Seek out more information from colleagues and the Internet. Use your creativity. Remember what it was like to be a student yourself.
  • Ask for help. Don't be afraid to ask other teachers for help. Do not isolate yourself in your classroom. Make connections with other teachers, whether it is in person, by email, Facebook, Ning, Twitter, web sites, or blogs. Create a Personal Learning Network of people and resources that can help you.
  • Don't reinvent the wheel. Use the resources that are available to you. Most textbooks now come with instructor resource CD-ROMs and companion web sites. Use the resources that they have and then modify them as needed. Search the Internet for lesson plan ideas, activities, classroom management tips, and other tips and tricks. Check out Discovery Education's free resources
  • Stay organized. You need to stay organized. Make sure you have a lesson plan guide and calendar of some sort. You can use a paper based planner and lesson planner or use an electronic or web-based system. Smartphones are great for staying organized. You can also use online resources like GoogleEvernote and others to keep your files, calendar, tasks, and lesson plans organized.
  • Write things down and make sure you have your classroom materials organized and labeled.
  • Take advantage of professional development opportunities. Your district and school will run professional development sessions, but don't limit yourself to those. Look for free online sessions, webcasts, conferences, and sessions run by your local educational resource agency. Create your own, on-demand professional development using Twitter. 
  • Join a professional society in your area. As a physics teacher, I have joined the National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Find out what organizations are in your area and join them. You will find resources and contacts through these organizations.
  • Read journals. Subscribe to and read educational journals. Most are free, so you don't have to worry about the money. There are journals on general education, educational technology, pedagogy, assessment, and just about every other area of education. Here is a great, free journal: Tech and Learning Magazine - great magazine with educational and technology information and resources. Free subscription for teachers.
  • Be creative with your lessons. Think outside the box. Come up with new, fun ways to teach the students. Use projects and project-based-learning as a way to engage and teach your students. You can find a huge number of resources and ideas for projects on the web.
  • Make connections with the secretaries and custodians in your building. They will be some of your best resources for supplies, ideas, and help.
  • Make connections with local businesses, especially those that are related to your subject area. They can be a huge resource for guests, supplies and equipment, and funding. Many local businesses, such as Staples, have Teacher Appreciation Days with discounts and free gifts. Find out about these. Remind businesses that instead of throwing out things, they can donate usable items to your school as a tax write-off.
  • Get to know the publisher's representative for your class's textbook. They can get you a lot of resources.
  • Be flexible. Remember Murphy's law. Have plans for when your lessons run short or long, to deal with interruptions and fire drills, assemblies, and days when much of your class is absent because of a field trip. 
  • Have back up plans for everything and especially have backup plans in case of technology issues.
  • Know your local and State curriculum. Know what is expected of you. Know what is expected of the students.
  • Track your personal expenses and save receipts. There is a tax deduction for educators.
  • Keep up on your certification requirements.
  • Spend this summer relaxing and getting ready for your new career. Once you get hired by a school, get a copy of the curriculum and review it over the summer. Think about the kind of teacher you want to be. Get yourself organized. 
  • If you are still looking for a job, don't worry. Teachers retire, move to different school systems. There will be openings. If you can't find a job by August, keep trying. Sign up to be a substitute teacher in the towns nearby. That is a foot-in-the-door for a permanent job when one opens. Don't despair, you will find a job. 
  • Ask for help, and look for help. Again, don't be afraid to ask for help.

Good luck and welcome to the profession!

Some more resources for new teachers:

New Teacher Advice - some good advice for new teachers (and old ones too!)

Discovery Education New Teacher Survival Central - a great resource for all teachers (and free).

List of Discovery Education Resources for Educators - very good, inclusive list of Discovery Educations resources.

Cross posted at Educational Technology Guy and via Twitter

David Andrade is a Physics Teacher and Educational Technology Specialist in Connecticut. He is the author of the Educational Technology Guy blog, where he reviews free educational technology resources for teachers, discusses ways to use technology to improve teaching and learning, and discusses other issues in education. 
He is also a professional development trainer and presenter at conferences, helping educators learn new and innovative ways to educate students. He is also a Discovery Education STAR Educator and member of the CT DEN Leadership Council. 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Edition: 131 Tips for New Teachers

I'm taking a few days off to relax and enjoy the holidays. Just as I did at this time last year, for the next three days I'll be re-running the most popular posts of the year. I'll be back on Monday morning with fresh content. Happy Holidays everyone!

Disclaimer: Publication of the tips in the slides does not mean that they are all endorsed by myself or by the advertisers on Free Technology for Teachers.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
140 New Things Being Tried In Classroom This Fall
How To Do 11 Techy Things In the New School Year
11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year

Friday, September 3, 2010

131 Tips for New Teachers

On Sunday I asked you to share your best advice for new teachers. In total, after removing the spam submissions, there were 131 submissions. As I promised, I've compiled all of the tips into a Google presentation. When it was listed, I linked to the Twitter account or blog of the person submitting a tip. Thank you to everyone that took the time to submit their best advice for new teachers.

Disclaimer: Publication of the tips in the slides does not mean that they are all endorsed by myself or by the advertisers on Free Technology for Teachers.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
140 New Things Being Tried In Classroom This Fall
How To Do 11 Techy Things In the New School Year
11 Techy Things for Teachers to Try This Year

Sunday, August 29, 2010

What's Your Best Advice for New Teachers?

Ten days ago I asked you to share the new thing(s) you're planning to do in the new school year. In 72 hours 140 of you responded and I shared all of your responses here. Following up on the success of that survey I've created another survey for us to share our best advice for new teachers entering the classroom this fall. As I did with the survey about the new things we're trying this year, I will compile all of the survey responses and post them in a Google Documents presentation. I will leave the survey open through 12pm EST on Wednesday then post the responses on Thursday morning. If you want to me to link back to your Twitter account or blog, please include those links in your response.

Survey is now closed.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Discovery's New Teacher Survival Central

As any veteran teacher will can tell you, the first year is probably the most difficult year because there is so much to learn and do during the first year of teaching. My best advice is to find a mentor teacher who will work with you and help you throughout the beginning of your teaching career. My second piece of advice is to check out Discovery Education's New Teacher Survival Central. On New Teacher Survival Central you will find tips, ideas, and lesson plans that you can use in your classroom. There is a video series on New Teacher Survival Central offering advice on topics such as avoiding burn-out, increasing student engagement, and how to have successful parent-teacher conferences.

Another great source of advice for new teachers can be found in Kelly Hines's blog post Advice to a Newbie: Unwritten Rules.