George Lucas Educational Foundation

New Teachers

For new teachers who seek support and want to share the challenges and triumphs of first starting out in the classroom.

  • How New Teachers Can Create a Welcoming Classroom

    A few tips for new teachers who want to foster strong relationships with students and between students.
    Beth Pandolpho
  • 3 PD Ideas to Help New Teachers Create Inclusive Classrooms

    Professional development can support new teachers as they work to create safe, culturally responsive classrooms.
  • Supporting the New Teachers in the Building

    Teachers don’t need to be designated mentors to support and encourage the novices in nearby classrooms.
  • 8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

    New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
    Youki Terada
  • 30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

    Most teachers have a method of calling for quiet, and we’ve collected a variety of good ideas for elementary, middle, and high school.
  • 19 Big and Small Classroom Management Strategies

    Successful classroom management relies on a handful of fundamental strategies and a larger number of quick interventions.
  • 13 Common Sayings to Avoid

    Teachers should avoid the reflexive language of anger or frustration. Here's a list of these sayings, framed as opportunities to constructively address difficult student behavior.
  • 5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

    When it comes to managing a classroom, new teachers mostly learn on the fly, but here are some ideas you can use right away.
  • Curriculum Mapping Tips for New Teachers

    How to go about developing a curriculum that takes into account both your students’ abilities and the initiatives of your building and district.
  • 6 Opening and Closing Routines for New Teachers

    Check for understanding, manage your students, and build classroom community with these six opening and closing classroom routines.
  • New Teachers: Fundamentals of Classroom Management

    Resources for developing routines, fostering classroom community, managing disruptions, and building student relationships.
  • What I Wish I’d Known as a New Teacher

    A veteran offers essential advice for new teachers and the colleagues who support them.
  • 12 Choices to Help You Step Back From Burnout

    A tired teacher is a powder keg waiting for a match. In my bouts with burnout, I've learned that stepping back from the brink is about choice. These 12 choices have helped me recover and be a better teacher for my students.
  • The Biggest Lesson of My First Year Teaching

    A veteran teacher shares how she learned the value of prioritizing relationships when she was just starting out in the classroom.
  • 6 Ways to Build a Rapport With Students

    New teachers sometimes struggle with establishing relationships with students, so a veteran shares a few tips on how to get started.