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Help for the First Month of Teaching

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To help you survive — and enjoy — the first months of teaching, we have selected links to four types of resources: career file, first-year tips, stress relief, and books.

Career File

These resources will help you establish yourself as a professional.

First-Year Tips

These resources, from experienced teachers, provide advice and strategies for handling the first few months.

  • Back to School Checklist
    Resources to help you set up and decorate your classroom, create "getting to know you" letters and name tags, plan new lessons, locate effective worksheets, and more. (Education World)
  • Tips for Nervous New Teacher
    Advice via chat board. (
  • What To Expect Your First Year of Teaching (  PDF, 264K, 48pps.)
    A downloadable publication with tips and strategies from both first-year teachers and veteran teachers. (U.S. Department of Education)

Stress Relief

This resource provides some strategies for managing stress.


These resources are books recommended by other new teachers.

  • Survival Guide for New Teachers
    An online book to help new teachers work effectively with veteran teachers, parents, principals, and teacher educators. (U.S. Department of Education, 2000)
  • The Inspiring Teacher
    This book is about acquiring the qualities of an inspiring teacher. It includes strategies for conflict management and time management. Available for purchase. Also available FREE online. (NEA Professional Library) Note: the "Bookstore" is closed for maintenance as of July 2016.  Please check the link soon for updated content.


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