Are you headed into your first year as a teacher? Perhaps looking at the date (it’s August already?!!?) is making you nervous? The beginning of a new school year can bring anxiety for anyone, but new teachers are especially prone to a little extra anxiety since this is likely the first time you’ll have your very own classroom! (!!!)
Luckily, there are a ton of resources out there that are designed especially for new teachers. With some resourceful internet searching, you could amass thousands of tips and tricks from veteran teachers, advice that falls all over the map, and thousands more resources than you could ever have time to use.
Knowing how much is out there, we’ve put together a short list of some of our favorites to save you some time. If you think we’ve forgotten to include a resource that you love, please let us know! Tell us about it by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.
Here is a program for mentors and new teachers.
ASCD offers this ‘new teacher bundle‘ of 3 books applicable to new teachers – all are great reads. And if you aren’t sure they’re for you, the landing page of the link offers sample chapters for you to check them out.
Join in on the new teacher chat on Twitter – #ntchat
When you’re stuck, don’t worry – there are a TON of ideas on every topic online. This collection of Pinterest boards is specifically geared towards new teachers.
You can use Twitter (or another social media platform to find them), or the New Teacher Center has a community especially for beginning teachers.
Roundups can often be found on education sites (hey- this is what we’re doing right now, isn’t it?). Here’s a great roundup of resources for new middle school teachers.
Just when you think you’ve got it, inevitably some sort of insecurity will strike. Don’t worry – there’s more advice out there. This book from Kelly Bergman about setting up your classroom for success is a great resource.
It is impossible to consume all of the resources you may possibly need down the road and remember them. Edutopia has this great roundup of resources on classroom management, lesson planning, cultivating a learning environment, working with parents, building relationships, preparing for the school year, and more. Phew – are you tired of reading yet? Don’t worry – they’re all saved in one place. Bookmark for when you need one of them later on.
You’re not the first new teacher. Hearing what other (veteran) teachers have to say about their first year teaching can be really interesting. Lots of them have excellent advice to offer.