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The Voice of Experience

Remember your first day in the classroom? Today's teachers have the same butterflies in their stomachs and a lot of the same hurdles to get past in those first few years.

We asked a handful of NEA-Retired members to share their best advice for new teachers, and taped their responses. Now it's your turn to weigh in.

Add your practical tips and words of wisdom to the discussion board, and we'll direct new teachers and NEA Student members to check it out. Whether it's discipline strategies, dress code review, or suggestions for getting to know colleagues, your advice could make a difference to a new teacher.

Join Morris P. Fair, Sr. (right) and other NEA-Retired members in supporting new teachers!

This Active Life Cover Story: Keeping Up the Good Work

Lobbying, recruiting, volunteering—NEA-Retired members pitch in.

Maybe you envisioned a retirement filled with pleasure cruises, catnaps in the hammock, and saying goodbye to classroom concerns forever.

Then you retired, and like so many other NEA members, realized you weren’t done fighting for the cause: A great public school for every student.
More from This Active Life: The Magazine for NEA-Retired Members

VIDEO: Nebraska State Education Association Retired - Now More than Ever
"No teacher is ever really finished when they leave that classroom for the last time." This video shows how Nebraska's retired affiliate works to protect and improve retiree pension and health benefits as well keep members informed about political action goals related to public education.

Retired Members: Contact Financial Advisor and Adjust Witholding Today!
NEA is currently working to remedy an unintended consequence of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that could cause financial hardship for retirees. Here's background on this issue. While NEA pushes for a legislative fix, we urge all retirees to contact their financial advisors immediately and adjust their withholding.

Barack Obama's Letter to NEA Members
The President talks to NEA members about the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset.