On the Web: New Teacher Tips
Science Teachers’ Grab Bag
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- 100 Helpful Websites for New Teachers
If you’re new to teaching, you might benefit from this new list of online resources. Established teachers looking for professional development or online resources may also find material they can use in the classroom.
- Survival Central for New Teachers
Visitors to this website will find professional development videos, time-saving tips, and classroom tools—the kind of practical support appreciated by new and veteran teachers alike.
- Special Resources for New Middle Grades Teachers, 2009–10
This website offers links to articles with information for new teachers. Recent additions include links to a series of Teacher magazine’s Teaching Secrets articles; ideas for creating a positive and engaging classroom environment; and practical advice on developing the “Organized Middle Schooler.”
- Survival Guide for New Teachers
Developed by the U.S. Department of Education, Survival Guide for New Teachers—How New Teachers Can Work Effectively With Veteran Teachers, Parents, Principals, and Teacher Educators includes the reflections of award-winning first-year teachers who talk candidly about their successes and setbacks, with a particular emphasis on the relationships they formed with their colleagues, university professors, and their students’ parents. Veteran teachers, especially, are a powerful factor in a new teacher’s experience. The book includes suggestions about how new teachers can foster supportive professional relationships and what they stand to gain from them.
- The 21st Century Teaching-Learning Environment
“Many teachers avoid cooperative group work—perhaps because they worry about off-task behavior, aren’t sure about how to grade individual students who work together, or are reluctant to change from their familiar methodologies,” writes educator Hal Portner in this Teachers.Net Gazette article. Researchers say middle and high school students “spend far too much classroom time either listening to the teacher or working alone, when what works best for most students is talking together.” Collaboration around problem-solving will be an important work and life skill in the decades to come, Portner notes. It’s time for teachers to build new skills of their own as facilitators, coaches, and resource experts.
- Documentaries About First-Year Teachers
In 1999, director Davis Guggenheim undertook an ambitious project documenting the challenging first-year experiences of public school teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Two films were the result: the Peabody Award-winning documentary The First Year (78 minutes), which premiered on PBS, and TEACH (35 minutes), a powerful teacher recruitment tool. TEACH and The First Year document emotional journeys, raising issues of public education through intimate portrayals of young teachers at the start of their careers. They address the tremendous need for qualified teachers nationwide and aim to inspire a new generation of teachers. Download the films and additional teacher resources from the websites.
- First-Year Teacher’s Survival Kit
Flinn Scientific created the kit for new secondary-level science teachers. It contains demonstration ideas, safety contracts, safety posters, coupons, and a Flinn Chemical & Biological Catalog/Reference Manual sampler.
The NSTA Calendar lists the following opportunities relating to New Teacher Tips. To learn about other science education events and opportunities, click here.
Mobile Devices Within Instruction Webinar
Discover ideas for instruction that innovative districts have developed to better leverage the increasing number of laptops, cell phones, MP3 players, and smart phones students carry. This webinar explores the latest findings from Speak Up surveys given to K–12 students, teachers, and administrators regarding their views on mobile devices within instruction. The webinar will take place at 11 a.m. PDT on August 19.
- Keystone Center for Education: Climate Status Investigations
This professional development program will help teachers gain the confidence to introduce the topic of global climate change with middle and high school students. The CSI: Climate Status Investigations curriculum leads students through an exploration of the many aspects of global climate change. The program will take place August 19–20 in Montana.
- NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate
The program awards one-year fellowships each year to more than 40 current and prospective teachers. In partnership with state departments of education, Endeavor Fellows take five graduate courses in a live (online) format from the comfort of their home or school and learn to apply research-based pedagogical strategies and cutting-edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) content to their classroom contexts while becoming a part of a special network of like-minded educators across the nation. Endeavor Fellows will be awarded a NASA Endeavor Certificate in STEM Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, 15 graduate credits are awarded from other regionally accredited partners in higher education. The application deadline is September 30.
- Using Atlas of Science Literacy Workshops
The two-volume Atlas of Science Literacy series presents nearly 100 strand maps developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Project 2061. This three-day workshop will give participants a new perspective on standards-based reform and a new tool for the work that lies ahead. Participants will use Atlas 1 and 2 and other Project 2061 resources to enhance their understanding of science literacy and to improve curricula, instruction, and assessment. Workshops will be held September 14–16 at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, North Carolina, and October 19–21 at AAAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.