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Are you a new teacher or a soon-to-be teacher looking for advice about landing a teaching job, managing a classroom, teaching engaging lessons, getting along with colleagues, and impressing parents and administrators? You've come to the right place! Check out the articles below for useful, practical, and realistic tips for beginning teachers.

Emma McDonald provides advice and support for preservice and beginning
teachers in her monthly New Teacher Advisor column.

AACTE Defends Teacher Education
Teacher education programs may have their flaws, but schools and states need to build on their strengths rather than start from scratch, according to Dr. Sharon P. Robinson, president and CEO of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Wire Side Chat: Reforming the Chaos of Teacher Education
Teachers are graduating from college unprepared to cope in todays classrooms and improve students performance, according to a report by the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University.

A Defining Moment
Regardless of when it occurs or the context in which it happens, the first occurrence of a mistake is a defining moment in each educator's career. How a teacher handles the event can set the tone for the rest of the school year.

Author Frank McCourt Reflects on Teaching Career
Frank McCourt began his second career as a writer in a big way, winning the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for his memoir, Angela's Ashes. But before McCourt was a writer, he spent 30 years as a New York City English teacher, an experience detailed in his latest book, Teacher Man.

Getting Organized in the Midst of Chaos
Do you find yourself staring at all those piles of papers on your desk and wishing they would just disappear? If so, perhaps it's time to get organized.

Laying the Groundwork

The first day of school is the most important day of the entire year. Discover how to use it to create a positive learning environment in your classroom.

Back-to-School Guide for Beginning Teachers (and Not-So-New Teachers Too)!
New and not-so-new teachers will find materials to expand their teaching files in this compilation of online resources, including lesson planning tips, assessment ideas, time and behavior management resources, classroom freebies, humor, and much more!

Introducing the Education World First-Year Teacher Diaries
Education World introduces the first in a yearlong series of articles in which two brand-new teachers chronicle their first professional experiences, both in and out of the classroom.

The First 180 Days: First-Year Teacher Diaries
First-year teachers Shaundalyn Elliott and Rich Henderson share with Education World readers their thoughts and feelings about their first 180 days!

Advice for First-Year Teachers -- from the 'Sophomores' Who Survived Last Year
Education World asked the "sophomores" who faced ---and survived--- that dreaded first year to reflect on their successes and failures. First-year teachers, here is their best advice for getting through it!

A 'Survival Kit' for New Teachers
A new resource, bulging with practical ideas for classroom use, makes a great welcome gift for your school's new teachers! Included: Ideas for building "teamwork" skills, motivating students, and creating reading-response journals!

Advice for First Year Teachers -- From the Principals Who Hired Them
What is the best advice experienced school leaders have to offer this year's crop of new teachers? Education World's Principal Files principals share some pointers that will ensure a successful first year and a successful career.

Ed Schools: Are Tomorrow's Teachers Making the Grade?
How are our teacher ed institutions doing? Principals reflect on new teachers' need for more hands-on experiences, better classroom management skills, a keener awareness of interpersonal skills needed to thrive in the school culture, and more!

New Guide for New Teachers
Yvonne Bender explains how her New Teacher Handbook can save today's beginning teachers from the kind of year every new teacher dreads.

Job Search Advice
Looking for a teaching job? Check out the articles below:

50 Great Questions for Teacher Interviews
The questions principals ask during interviews are key to drawing out the personalities of applicants and selecting the right people. Prepare for your next interview by learning the questions principals might ask!

The Interview: Principals Share 30 Favorite Questions for Future Teachers
Education World's "Principal Files" principals share 30 of their favorite questions to ask applicants.

Character(istics) Count! -- What Principals Look for When Hiring New Teachers
A recent article on Teaching for Excellence discusses what school principals look for in the new teachers they hire. Which of 15 "can-do" characteristics is most important? Education World asks the Principal Files principals.

From the Principal Files: Principals Offer Advice to Job Seekers
Have a plan, a portfolio, and a good attitude! That's just some of the advice Education World's Principal Files principals have for soon-to-be college grads looking for their first teaching positions.

Are You Ready for That Job Interview?
It's that time of year -- school districts are recruiting for fall teaching vacancies. If you dread the interview process, here are some tips that can help you prepare and boost your self-assurance.

What Qualities Do Principals Look for in a New Teacher?
What do school principals look for in the new teachers they hire? Principals' responses to that question might help others -- principals and teaching candidates -- as they focus their thoughts on the interviews ahead.