First year teaching

Posted Apr. 13, 2020

We’re All First-Year Teachers Now, And Our First Lesson Should Be Grace

As I gathered materials to take home on what should have been our second day back from spring break, my school’s first-year English teacher, McKenna…

By Dylan Huisken

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Posted Jan. 6, 2020

27 Mistakes White Teachers of Black Students Make and How to Fix Them

A few years back, I was in my room meeting parents during an open house, just days before the school year started. A woman walked…

By Jay Wamsted

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Posted Sep. 18, 2019

Yes, You Can Have a Great First Year of Teaching, Just Ask Chicago’s Asia-Ana Williams

Last year, rookie English teacher Asia-Ana Williams became the poster child for Opportunity Schools, a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) effort to match teacher talent with…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 13, 2019

A Teacher’s First Year: The Good, The Bad and the Beautiful

Joining a new school community comes with a unique set of challenges. In addition to the difficulties inherent in any new school year, new teachers…

By Meghann Estrada

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Posted July 29, 2019

6 Things New Teachers Can Do Now to Start the Year Off Right

I was beyond excited when I accepted my first teaching position. I had worked hard all of those years, completed my student teaching, passed the…

By Tyler Harms

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Posted June 5, 2019

Congratulations, You Will Never Have to Do Your First Year of Teaching Again

I want to take a moment to shout out all the first-year teachers out there who made it through what was, in all likelihood, one…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted May 31, 2019

I’m a Better Educator Than I Was 11 Years Ago, But I Still Feel Like an Imposter

While attending a local charity event, it happened. It’s the moment every teacher dreads. It’s the unexpected scenario that stops us in our tracks as…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Apr. 30, 2019

How John Singleton’s ‘Boyz n the Hood’ Changed the Way I Teach

I am not a movie person. I don’t go to the movies much and when I do, I often forget them rapidly. That’s not what…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 2, 2019

New to Teaching? These 4 Tips Will Improve Your Classroom

I’m still less than a year into my new role as a teacher coach specializing in supporting first-year teachers, but here are four things that…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 19, 2018

Three Things I Learned in My First Year as a Principal and a New Year’s Resolution

If you ask an educator to think back to their first year of teaching, you will probably get a wide range of reactions, but the…

By Jessica Yiannos

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

Without Data, We Can’t Fight for Our Students’ Futures

Sometimes, data can seem pesky. Just ask the folks who continue to suggest that coronavirus spikes are merely the result of increased testing. “You know…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Discipline Problem, You’re Just Not Engaging Your Students

Here’s a dirty little secret about teachers that few people care to admit: Many teachers with poor classroom management aren’t strong instructional. I would never assume…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Dec. 1, 2020

Why I Gave My Son Permission to Drop Out of High School

We see a child in a maple treeWe’re watching him climb,You and I.You say, “Come down,You’ll hurt yourself!”I say, “Go upYou’re touching the sky!” –…

By Alina Adams

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