In the below Teacher Magazine article online at edweek.org, author and middle school math and science teacher, Marsha Ratzel, provides 10 tips for new middle school teachers on how best to prepare their curriculum and become acquainted with their students and school community.
Preparation is the key to first day of school and year-long classroom success. As Ratzel states in her Teaching Secret #1, working with an experienced teacher several weeks before school starts to discuss goals is a must for effectively teaching curriculum new to you. That is why at LifeBound we work with districts to train faculty for summer academies, advisory courses and provide professional development on academic coaching. To learn more about LifeBound’s materials and services visit www.lifebound.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published: May 5, 2010
Teaching Secrets: 10 To-Dos for New Teachers
By Marsha Ratzel
College commencements are in the air, and while the thoughts of some new teacher graduates are no doubt turning to the beach or summer jobs, other freshly minted educators are already envisioning their first classrooms full of students, each with his or her own special learning needs.
It’s an exciting but also anxious time, as the experienced professionals in the Teacher Leaders Network know well. So for those early birds lucky enough to have found a teaching position in the current down-sized economy and eager to begin, we offer our first Teaching Secrets article of 2010, tailored to the particular needs of new teachers in the “tween” grades.
To view the entire article visit www.edweek.org