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Teaching Profession Opinion How to Host a Virtual Back-to-School Night, and Other Timely Advice for Principals
"How do I win over parents who see this as a political issue rather than a public-health one?" Sharif El-Mekki answers quandaries from school leaders.
Sharif El-Mekki, August 19, 2020
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Teaching Profession Video Larry Ferlazzo’s Tips for New Teachers this Fall
Larry Ferlazzo offers tips and resources for first-time teachers as they navigate the shift to distance learning.
Larry Ferlazzo, July 22, 2020
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Teaching Profession Opinion Public Schools Need the Equivalent of Teaching Hospitals
New teachers in high-poverty schools don't get the training they need, write Suzanne Donovan and Bruce Alberts. They and their students suffer for it.
Suzanne Donovan & Bruce Alberts, July 13, 2020
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Curriculum Tennessee Seeks New Teacher, Principal Requirements in 'Science of Reading'
The Tennessee department of education is proposing unsually comprehensive legislation that will require all current and new K-3 teachers, and those who train them, to know evidence-based reading instruction.
Catherine Gewertz, February 3, 2020
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Teaching Profession No, Mentoring a Student-Teacher Won't Hurt Your Evaluation Score, Study Suggests
Mentoring a student-teacher won't hurt a teacher's district evaluation score—in fact, it might even give it a boost, according to a working study.
Héctor Alejandro Arzate, June 10, 2019
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Teaching Profession 'Don't Be Afraid to Ask Questions': 5 Tips for New Teachers
As the school year begins, veteran educators have offered advice for new teachers on Twitter, using hashtags like #ntchat and #newteacherjourney. Education Week collected some of the highlights.
Sarah Schwartz, August 14, 2018
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Teaching Profession Blog The New Teacher Chat: Advice, Tips, and Support
In this blog, an early-career teacher and an expert on new teachers engaged in a series of chats on the challenges and joys of starting a career in teaching. Teacher Amanda Austin Becker and educational consultant Lisa Dabbs also shared tips and lessons learned for those important first years in the classroom. (The New Teacher Chat ceased publishing in November 2018.)
November 20, 2017
Teaching Profession Video: Second-Year Teachers Share Some Advice for Rookies
Education Week asked two second-year teachers to share some tweets with advice for new teachers—and to reflect on their own triumphs and struggles their first year in the classroom.
Madeline Will, September 13, 2017
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Teaching Profession Opinion Who Is the Ideal Teaching Candidate?
Where do good teachers come from? How do we pick promising candidates out of the crowd? What is the secret to putting the right people in the classroom?
Nancy Flanagan, August 21, 2017
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Teaching Profession A Retreat for New Teachers Offers Support, Mentorship
This three-day retreat provides new teachers with professional development, self-care strategies, and a network of support.
Alix Mammina, August 7, 2017
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Professional Development Mentors for New Teachers Found to Boost Student Achievement—by a Lot
A study of the New Teacher Center's grant program found that student outcomes in math and English/language arts improve when first- and second-year teachers have a mentor.
Madeline Will, June 22, 2017
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Teaching Opinion The Disadvantages of Competitive Learning
I told my students I had assessed their prowess as musicians, and tried to divide the groups evenly, so nobody would be in the "top" band--or left behind. Our job was to play well all the time, to live up to our potential as performers--not to be better than the other band. It took a while, but this policy eventually led to greater achievement, especially from students who did not start out at the top of the skills spectrum.
Nancy Flanagan, March 30, 2017
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Teaching Profession Opinion The Kids Are All Right
I am fortunate; I get to spend time in a range of public schools, as observer, presenter, consultant and, on occasion, substitute teacher. I know that the plural of anecdote is not data--but there are hundreds of thousands of vital examples of what needs highlighting and replicating in public education. Why aren't we focused, like a laser, on those?
Nancy Flanagan, March 15, 2017
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Teaching Profession Opinion Advice for New Teachers: Bring About Change
"New teachers: Don't stop speaking up when others may discount your thoughts, or make you feel as if you are too new to know any better."
Nancy Flanagan, February 21, 2017
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