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Advice & Support

33 Ways to Start the School Year Off Right

Some simple planning now pays off in big ways throughout the year.  This checklist, complied by educators, will help you start off on the right foot. 

Advice & Support

Cool Apps for Your Classroom

by Rebecca Logan, NEA Sr. Writer/Editor

Looking for ways to make learning engaging, challenging, and interactive? There's an app for that! Check out the ones we've found, and share your own!

For New Teachers

Help for the First Month of Teaching

by NEA Staff Editors

To help you survive — and enjoy — the first months of teaching, we have selected some teacher-tested resources to see you through!

Advice and Support

Back to School Prep on Pinterest

By Helen Yoshida

From classroom design to lessons and freebies, inspiration for the school year can be found on Pinterest! Peruse the pins waiting for you on NEA Today's Pinterest Boards!

Connect with Your Peers

First-Year Teacher

Katelynn M. says, “I was wondering if anyone could give me some suggestions on classroom management. I am a first-year 7th-grade math teacher in an inner-city school district. I am having terrible luck with classroom control. I am the type of person that needs examples of what to do, not just being told to be stricter.”

Kate Ortiz says, “My first year with 7th graders started out rocky, even though I had taught successfully for many years before that. Here are the things that helped my students get more engaged in their learning and be more respectful: First, learn their names. I was overwhelmed with the number of students I saw each day, having been used to elementary classes, and I didn't make learning their names a priority…”

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Ask the Expert

You can't teach a class that's out of control. But Kate Ortiz, our classroom management expert with more than 30 years of experience, may be able to help. Describe your situation and you’ll have an answer within 24 hours.

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