New Teachers


5 of the Biggest Mistakes I Made as a New Teacher PLUS Advice by Robyn Jackson (ASCD). "Don't be afraid to make the inevitable mistake or two in the classroom as you teach. Instead, be open to learning from your mistakes and using them to make your teaching stronger," writes ASCD author and EDge community member Robyn Jackson. In a recent blog post, Jackson shares the five biggest mistakes she made as a new teacher and shares advice on how new teachers can avoid making the same mistakes.  

9 Mistakes New Teachers Make by Cristie Watson (Ed Week). New teachers face many obstacles during their first year on the job. Middle school teacher Cristie Watson draws attention to some major errors to avoid. 

12 Tips For New Teachers (And Those Starting Anew In 2014) by Jenny Edwards (ASCD). "Know exactly how you will manage the students the minute they walk in the door and use these strategies consistently throughout the year," writes ASCD author Jenny Edwards. In a recent Inservice post, Edwards shares 12 tips for success as educators begin their career (or school year) and continue growing in the teaching profession.

A Decade of Lessons by Suzy Brooks (ASCD). "When I started teaching, I had many preconceived ideas about how I would deliver instruction, how I would make learning come alive for my students," writes ASCD Edge community member Suzy Brooks. In a recent blog post, Brooks shares ten lessons she's learned after being a classroom teacher for ten years. 

A Survival Guide for New Teachers by Brett Bohstedt (Ed Week Teacher). Teacher Brett Bohstedt says that new teachers will quickly learn that nearly anything can happen, but offers suggestions for adapting to life in the classroom.

Authentic Audience Matters by Howard Pitler (ASCD). "With an authentic audience, learners are able to focus on their process and their intended results instead of merely focusing on pleasing an audience of one -- a teacher with a red pen and an answer sheet," writes Howard Pitler in this Inservice post. Pitler describes that a necessary part of good teaching is to see where students are in the learning process and use that formative data to provide specific feedback and decide the next steps for students.

Avoid These Lesson Planning Pitfalls by Posie Wood, Lisa Bernstein, and Belinda Thompson. Online resources for lesson planning abound, so where should new teachers start? With content knowledge and peer collaboration, say these authors. Use these tips to refine learning goals, select higher-order questions, anticipate student responses, and choose texts and activities aligned to your objectives.

Dear first-year teacher by Jessica Livezey (ASCD). "As a first-year teacher entering my second semester, I have learned a lot from my own experiences and from interacting with my peers," writes ASCD Edge community member Jessica Livezey. In a recent blog post, Livezey shares her experiences as a new teacher in an open letter addressed to first-year teachers everywhere. 

Field Notes: Finding Your Teacher Legs by Erica M. Dean (ASCD). So much of new teachers' confidence and fluency within their teaching roles comes from experience. Here's how to make the most of the 40+ hours of experience you rack up every week as a new teacher.

Free-Range Teachers by Liz Kolb (ASCD). Driven, curious teachers use technology to rewrite the rules of the profession.

Getting My Sea Legs: How Things Got Better for a New Teacher by Sarah Macway (Education Week). Sarah Macway, a third-year science teacher, is finally finding her balance as a teacher. She reflects on the lessons she's learned while getting past the rocky start. 

In The Trenches And At Home, New Teachers Need Support by (Indiana). New teachers need support in their first year in the classroom -- both from fellow teachers and at home. This article highlights the challenges of a teacher's first year in the classroom and how fellow teachers can be a valuable resource, while family and others can offer perspective. (Includes a talk)

It's Actually OK to Smile Before Christmas, and Other Tips for New Teachers by Ross Brenneman (Education Week).In our most recent Twitter chat, we asked educators for what advice they treasured as new teachers—and what advice wasn't so great.

Open Letter to a First-Year Teacher (From a Second-Year Teacher) by Robert Kolar (Education Week Teacher).For Robert Kolar, the first year of teaching was difficult-but it was also rewarding. He offers some advice to new teachers starting this fall. 

Students Advise New Teachers: From Structure Comes Freedom by Jean Jolley (ASSCD). "As a new teacher, you'll find that what students want and what you can provide is structure," writes teacher Jean Jolley. In a recent ASCD Express article, Jolley explains why she regularly surveys her students about her classes and the biggest lessons she's learned from their responses. 

Ten Things Master Teachers Do by Annette Breaux (ASCD). When you look at the most successful teachers in your school, you'll notice that many of them are guided by a similar set of rules. Following these 10 proven practices can help ease new teachers into their roles and positively influence their professional success.

The first year of teaching can feel like a fraternity hazing (Does it have to be that way?) by Jackie Mader (The Hechinger Report). Michael Duklewski leads a lesson in his second-period English language arts class. Duklewski is a first-year teacher who graduated through a traditional teacher preparation program.

What I Wish My Professors Had Told Me (A veteran educator offers six pieces of advice to pre-service teachers) by Jennifer Collins (ASCD). In this Educational Leadership article, veteran teacher Jennifer Collins offers six pieces of advice to pre-service teachers. Her tips include advising new teachers that they must be ready to wear the many hats of a teacher -- including nurse, custodian, therapist and cheerleader -- and that while almost every teacher will strive for perfection, they should dismiss the notion of a perfect lesson and be gentle, patient and forgiving of their own stumbles and development. 






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