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Thriving as a New Teacher

Tools and Strategies for Your First Year

Discover strategies and tools for new teacher success. In this user-friendly guide, the authors draw from best practice and their extensive experience to identify the necessary skills and characteristics to thrive as a new educator. Explore the six critical areas related to teaching that most impact new teachers and their students, from implementing effective assessments to working confidently and effectively with colleagues.


  • Understand the important role of teachers, the challenges new teachers face, and strategies to overcome those challenges.
  • Learn the characteristics necessary to thrive as a new teacher in six spheres: self, students, classroom management, curriculum management, assessment, and colleagues.
  • Access templates, including self-assessments and checklists, to support the efforts of new teachers.
  • Determine how to establish classroom procedures and rules early on, and discover tools to promote positive behavior and handle disruptive behavior.
  • Connect with students, parents, school leaders, and colleagues to create an atmosphere that supports both teachers and students.

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Introduction: Preparing for the First Year
Chapter 1: Understanding Yourself
Chapter 2: Getting Off to a Great Start
Chapter 3: Building Relationships With Students
Chapter 4: Developing Processes and Procedures for Classroom Management
Chapter 5: Managing Difficult Behaviors
Chapter 6: Tackling Curriculum Management
Chapter 7: Incorporating Assessment
Chapter 8: Engaging Students in the Classroom
Final Thoughts: Becoming a Thriving New Teacher


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8