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Don't frontload content and ignore relationships.

  • Introduce yourself to build relationships.

Explicate expectations for management.

  • Be prepared. Get books and homework needs done before class.
  • Participate. Raise your hand. Try.
  • Follow countdown to quiet.
  • Be proactive. Ask if confused.
  • Invite feedback on items and post so they are easily seen.

Don't try to cover it all.

  • Plan backwards and center instruction on key questions.

Make friends with the instructional coach.

  • Seek advice from colleagues.

Teach protocols for student-led learning early.

  • Have your students own learning. Socrates was right! (e.g. gallery walks, fishbowl, student-led discussions, etc.)

Incorporate play.

  • Make learning dynamic. Take stretch breaks.

Create rubrics for all assessments.

  • Check the value assessments. Give quizzes. Get feedback.

Avoid uptalking.

  • Don't make statements sound like questions ending in a high pitch.

Find curriculum planning sites; avoid the black hole.

Take care of your rhomboids.

There are epic highs and exhausting lows. May these tips ease an unavoidable learning curve.


Varlas, L. (2016, December). Ten survival tips from a student teacher. Education Update: ASCD: 58 (12), 2 & 7. Retrieved from