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Ten Tips for Student Teachers – A veteran teacher and frequent mentor of student teachers shares her suggestions on how to get the most out of your student teaching – and increase the chances you’ll end up with a job at the end of it all. This page is a must if you’re heading into student teaching.

Start the Year Off Right – The National Council of Teachers of English offers this collection of pointers for the start of the new year. Even veteran teachers should benefit from these reminders that what you do at the start of the year can have an impact well into next spring. It’s a quick read that can have real impact.

Teach 2000 – New English Teacher Mentoring – This site from the National Council of Teachers of English offers mentoring for new teachers, as well as a small but growing collection of resources and ideas in reading, literature, writing, technology, and ESL. This new site could be an important resource for language arts and English teachers.

Helpful Hints for Beginning Teachers – This is an extensive essay on strategies that teachers can use to be effective in the classroom and with their students. The site covers a wide range of topics using an inviting, reassuring tone.

Ideas for New Teachers – This is a personal collection of thoughts and observations from a not-quite-new teacher, designed to encourage new teachers who may be concerned about starting their new assignment.

Ideas for New Math Teachers – A surprisingly extensive collection of ideas for new mathematics teachers on how to be effective in the classroom. The author pays attention to working well with students and to strategies to make mathematics interesting. This is an interesting twist on the "new teacher" topic.

Do’s and Don’ts for Middle School – A middle school English teacher offers a collection of pointers to get the year off on the right foot.

First Day of Middle School – The students are uncertain; how about you? This collection from MiddleWeb offers discussion groups and other resources for new teachers who are unsure of what to expect in their first week of school.

pdficon.gif (272 bytes) Survival Guide for New Teachers – This is the latest in the U.S. Department of Education’s series of publications for new teachers. Also written by Amy DePaul, this guide offers practical pointers on working with veteran teachers, mentors, parents and principals. The author also addresses the role that technology can play in today’s educational settings. It’s available entirely on-line, or you can download the complete text as an Adobe Acrobat file about 2Mb in size. You’ll need the Adobe Acrobat reader to use this file. If you don’t have it, go to the TeachersFirst Toolbox.
pdficon.gif (272 bytes) What to Expect Your First Year of Teaching – An on-line, pulls-no-punches resource from the U.S. Department of Education which covers topic such as getting support from your principal, what to expect from students and parents, and what you should expect in your new job. The comments from first-year teachers are definitely "from the real world." Sobering reading, but a good resource. You’ll need the Adobe Acrobat reader to use this file. If you don’t have it, go to the TeachersFirst Toolbox.


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