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Beginning Teachers

Resources to support teachers in their first years of teaching

New Teachers

The New Teacher Book

This expanded third edition of The New Teacher Book grew out of Rethinking Schools workshops with early career teachers. It offers practical guidance on how to flourish in schools and classrooms and connect in meaningful ways with students and families from all cultures and backgrounds.

The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide

The best-selling First Year Teacher's Survival Kit gives new teachers a wide variety of tested strategies, activities, and tools for creating a positive and dynamic learning environment while meeting the challenges of each school day. The new edition is fully revised and updated to cover changes in the K-12 classroom over the past five years.

The Beginning Teacher's Field Guide

This field guide dives deep into the personal side of teaching, offering crucial advice, empathy, and new-teacher support. The author details six phases every new or first-year teacher goes through (anticipation, survival, disillusionment, rejuvenation, reflection, and second anticipation) and outlines targeted classroom strategies, teaching tips, and self-care practices for each.

Love, Teach

From logistical questions like how to prep and organise a classroom, to deeper issues like how to build relationships with students, navigate administration, and avoid burnout, Love, Teach is an essential book for anyone working in education today or considering the profession.

Risk. Fail. Rise

In Risk. Fail. Rise. teachers will learn how to address their own teaching mistakes, model with their own mistake-making, and improve their response to others' mistakes.

The Successful Teacher's Survival Kit

Just how [do] teachers get their students to be so cooperative and have their classroom running so smoothly? That is what THE SUCCESSFUL TEACHER'S SURVIVAL KIT: 83 simple things that successful teachers do to thrive in the classroom will show you - the kinds of things that master teachers do to make their classes work - both for themselves and for their students.

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Classroom Management

We Belong

We Belong offers 50 targeted strategies to increase students' sense of belonging and reinforce the habits that support classroom harmony and learning success.

Coaching Your Classroom

In Coaching Your Classroom, authors Garnet Hillman and Mandy Stalets share a fresh perspective on effective classroom feedback for all grade levels and content areas.

Reclaim Your Challenging Classroom

Reclaim Your Challenging Classroom guides new and veteran teachers alike in developing effective classroom management techniques, with a particular focus on students with emotional or behavioral disorders.

The Smart Classroom Management Way

The Smart Classroom Management Way is a collection of the very best writing from ten years of Smart Classroom Management (SCM).

Take Control of the Noisy Class

This book helps teachers across all age groups connect and succeed with hard-to-reach, reluctant learners. You'll discover: The simple six-step plan to minimise & deal with classroom behaviour problems

The Total Classroom Management Makeover

The Total Classroom Management Makeover is a condensed shortcut to effective classroom management. Presented as simple dos and don'ts, the 18 lessons you'll learn have been boiled down to the bare essentials and written in the most accessible way possible.

Teacher Wellness

Educator Wellness

Educators make thousands of decisions and encounter and experience varied emotions at work; without an efficient wellness routine, educators' jobs can result in prolonged stress. In Educator Wellness: A Guide for Sustaining Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Social Well-Being, authors Timothy D. Kanold and Tina H. Boogren provide a framework to guide and support K-12 educators in continuously sustaining personal and collective wellness plans.

Pause. Breathe. Flourish.

Pause. Breathe. Flourish: Living Your Best Life as an Educator explores the habits, practices and mindset necessary for growth as both an educator and a person.

Educator wellbeing

Educator Wellbeing, written in response to the 2020 Global Pandemic, speaks to the long-ignored expectations that Educators live with and the impact on their wellbeing that going above and beyond to serve their students has. This book is a relatable and practical read for teachers to build tools for life, bringing their wellbeing to the forefront. It provides a toolbox of preventative and responsive strategies to help Educators look after their wellbeing so they can continue with supporting their students

The Day I Reached My Tipping Point...

The main objective of the book is to make educators aware of CF and OSI. CF and OSI in educators can be a slow gradual process where teachers may not even realize the effects until something uncharacteristic occurs because he/she has "just snapped".

From Burnt Out to Fired Up

Learn why burnout happens and what you can do to thrive once again. Explore the five Rs--reflect, reframe, refocus, reconnect, and reveal--and understand how each can help counter burnout.


This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men-and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.

Motivating Students

Tackling the Motivation Crisis

"Mike Anderson explores incentive systems, which do not motivate achievement or a love of learning, and the six intrinsic motivators that lead to real student engagement"--

Five Paths of Student Engagement

Five Paths of Student Engagement: Blazing the Trail to Learning and Success covers each facet of engagement and recommends practical approaches for classroom instruction, school leadership, and educational policies.

Letting Go of Perfect

This second edition: Explores a state of mind that manifests in unhealthy ways among kids and teens today--the need to be perfect. Features updated research on perfectionism, new strategies, and resources.

You Can Learn!

In You Can Learn! Building Student Ownership, Motivation, and Efficacy With the PLC at Work® Process, authors Tim Brown and William M. Ferriter offer numerous strategies and protocols designed to build self-efficacy in students.

Beautiful Questions in the Classroom

Beautiful Questions in the Classroom has the answers. Written to be both inspirational and practical, this resource will help educators transform their classrooms into cultures of curiosity.


In Distracted, Lang rethinks the practice of teaching, revealing how educators can structure their classrooms less as distraction-free zones and more as environments where they can actively cultivate their students' attention.

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