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What I Didn't Learn in College ... And Wish I Had!

By Kristen Loschert

Let's face it, we all have those moments in life when we lament, "If someone had only told me!" But for a beginning teacher, knowing what to expect can make or break that first classroom experience. NEA asked veteran educators what they wish someone had told them before they started teaching. We collected their advice on everything from classroom management to communicating with parents to keeping your sanity after a long day. You may not have their years of experience just yet, but you can have their tips and tricks to start your career on the right track.

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Wait Time is Learning Time

A tip from Vernia Shaffer, Elementary Math Teacher in Ohio

Vernia brings new meaning to the term "wait time" with her fourth and fifth graders. While waiting in line to switch classrooms, to use the restroom, or for dismissal, she asks a math question that students must consider mentally. It may involve computation, vocabulary, or problem-solving. When students have an answer, they place their thumb close to their heart. Students are thinking and the hallway is quiet. Easily adaptable to any subject area, this idea reinforces the importance of learning and maintains order throughout the school.

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Help Students Become Better Writers

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For many teachers, writing is one of the hardest subjects to teach. It encompasses everything from grammar skills to choosing appropriate vocabulary to communicating complex ideas in an engaging way. Here are eight free resources for your classroom-some for you, some for your students-that will help you increase students' understanding of proper grammar and sentence structure and aid in improving their vocabulary and writing skills.

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Question of the Week

Diverse Holiday Traditions

The months of November and December are filled with religious and secular holidays originating from around the world. How do you teach your students about such events, while maintaining respect for and curiosity about the diversity to be found both here and abroad?

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Teaching Behavior: Managing Classrooms Through Effective Instruction

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Teaching Behavior: Managing Classrooms Through Effective Instruction

Terrance M. Scott
November 10, 2016, 8 p.m. ET 

Every teacher knows that the perfect lesson plan is useless without effective classroom management. But what’s the best way to foster student engagement, differentiate instruction, handle disruptive students, and promote positive behavior? The answer is in how you teach. This free NEA and University of Toledo webinar will give you the innovative, day-to-day tools to conquer the toughest behavior challenges and make your classroom more effective and fun — for you and your students. 

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Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement brings volunteers from the community into classrooms to share their experiences related to career readiness, business ownership and how money works. The programs align with state standards and are free to schools.

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Veterans' Day Activities

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Veterans' Day Activities

By Phil Nast, Retired Middle School Teacher

On November 11, we honor the wartime service and sacrifice of men and women in the armed forces. Originally proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I, it was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to include American veterans of all wars.

These K-12 lessons, activities, games, and resources will help your students celebrate service men and women past and present. 

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November is Native American & Alaska Native Heritage Month

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November is Native American & Alaska Native Heritage Month

By Phil Nast, Retired Middle School Teacher

Our country has a rich heritage that began long before the arrival of European settlers. Estimates of the population of the Western Hemisphere at that time range from 8 million to more than 100 million. Explore Native American culture with the following K-12 lessons, activities, and resources.

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Integrating Reading & Writing, Grades 9 - 12

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Integrating Reading & Writing, Grades 9 - 12

Do you want to inspire your students to think critically, to analyze works, and to use their imaginations on a daily basis? Do you want to explore ways you can integrate reading into writing curricula and writing into reading curricula in your high school classroom? Share, explore, and discuss ways for teachers of all content areas to link these two important life skills together in order to help students get the most out of themselves every day.

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