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It's my first year (or not!)

This collection provides resources for beginning teachers especially aimed toward mindset and practical tools for how to start and stay motivated throughout the year.
A Collection By Karen Cornell
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It's my first year (or not!)
  • teachingchannel.org
    teachingchannel.org

    5-Day REBOOT: How Teachers Can Restart When They Can't Stop

    8 minute read
    Karen Cornell says:
    When I was first teaching I fantasized about having a day or two to get caught up. While this link won't stop time or give you a vacation, it provides motivation, guidance and structure for creating your own personal reboot. Complete with a sense of humor she proposes small ways to help re-organize and re-energize your life. I don't want to give it all away but she writes "Work as hard as you possibly can in the time you have. Then put it away. Be present in whatever you’re doing. Sleep."
  • Karen Cornell says:
    Presented clearly, this page has some of the most comprehensive advice for new teachers. The section on Organizing in the Midst of Chaos as well as the Back to School Guide provide solid and insightful information.12 volumes of Icebreaker strategies means lots to try. I use many different ones because they are great for building community all year long. I recommend the link to Emma McDonald's page and monthly New Teacher column. If you can find the time, teacher diaries are always interesting!
  • teacherpop.org
    teacherpop.org

    5 Tips for Adopting Healthy Eating Habits in the New Year

    5 minute read
    Karen Cornell says:
    A blog for new teachers that describes itself as real talk, tools and tips for new teachers. This blog is well balanced between teaching tips and also lifestyle advice (including recipes) specifically for teachers. Reading others reflections on their teaching experiences helps put my struggles and questions into perspective. Articles are formatted to be quick, upbeat and easy to read, meaning you don't have to scroll through someone's personal life just to find that recipe you are looking for!
  • Karen Cornell says:
    This book is a great collection of how to handle many, many situations. Each chapter starts by discussing a topic and has corresponding reproducibles. This book is a great resource when trying to decide how to set up a classroom and how to start the year well. I've used ideas from section Make Your First Day a Great Day when planning that day. I like the wealth of ideas on How to Involve Parents that include tips for letters, phone calls, conferences and volunteers in the classroom.
  • Karen Cornell says:
    I was skeptical when given this book but I read it cover to cover. It provided solace at my lowest as a new teacher and helped put some challenges in perspective. The section "Time to Learn" offers a first person perspective on ideals vs. reality. Each section has inset boxes with "Voices from the Classroom" full of tips from real teachers. This book tackles tough topics such as teaching for confronting white privilege, helping deal with anger and more that shaped how I approach teaching.