With the Internet, there are lots of resources available to help teachers that are just starting out. Isn’t that great?! However, there are so many that it can be difficult to sift through them all to find exactly what you need. Instead of spending hours at your computer (because what teacher has that kind of time), check out these 5 must-have teaching resources that you should bookmark on your computer today.
National Education Association
The National Education Association, or NEA, is the largest professional employee organization in the country. You can join the organization to get more information on education topics and have a voice in important decisions. Not only can you use the website to join the organization, but it also offers lots of lesson plans you can download. Search their lesson plan database by grade level and subject to find exactly what you’re looking for. There are also several articles directed at new teachers. Some of the topics that are covered include effective teaching strategies and classroom management.
I remember ordering books from Scholastic when I was in elementary school. Now as a teacher, you can still order classroom books and magazines at a great price, but the website has so much more to offer. As a new teacher, check out the survival guide with tips, monthly advice, and more. Then, use the website to help you find the following:
- Common Core information,
- Planning calendars,
- Daily starters,
- Lesson plans,
- Graphic organizers, and
- Writing prompts.
The Teaching Channel contains videos, blogs, and other resources for the classroom. On top of that, you can find articles with great tips and strategies for classroom management, lesson planning, lesson differentiation strategies, creating a classroom culture, and gathering supplies and books.
How should you approach the first day of school? How can you best help your ESL students? What should you do with your student who is acting out? Teacher Vision provides articles for new teachers that answer these questions and many others. The website also has lesson plans, graphs and charts, activities, and free printables.
The Edutopia website has a great resources toolkit for new teachers, which includes blogs, videos, lesson ideas, and tips and advice. There are articles for new teachers on important topics, such as:
- Using technology
- Classroom management
- Classroom design
- Curriculum planning
- Working with parents
Being a new teacher can be overwhelming at times. There’s so much to do and plan and figure out. But you don’t have to do it on your own. Talk to other teachers at the school, and check out these must-have teaching resources that can help you with various facets of teaching.