As regular readers know, I’ve been doing the Classroom Q&A column over at Education Week for thirteen years.

And I plan to continue doing it for quite a few more years.

I have so many contributors now, though, that there really isn’t space there for my annual thematic compilation posts, where I collect links to all the posts on particular topics.

So, I’m starting to do it here instead, and this is the twenty-third one.

Today’s theme is on Offering Advice To New Teachers:


Just Because You’re a Teacher Doesn’t Mean You Know It All

Teachers, whether novices or veterans, can always learn something new from their students and colleagues.


Teachers: Give Yourself a Break. Don’t Expect Perfection, Especially in Your First Year

Looking back, veterans say they would have been easier on themselves for their shortcomings.



Teachers possess a great deal of power. Learning to use it wisely is a valuable lesson.


You’re a New Teacher. It Can Be Messy But Also Thrilling

Educators weigh in on the best ways to set appropriate expectations for their students and themselves.


Want to Become a Better Teacher? Put Your Students Before the Content


One of the most valuable lessons for teachers to learn in their first year is to get to know and love their students.


The Most Important Lessons Teachers Impart Are Not ‘Dictated by a Pacing Guide’


For true learning to occur, lessons need to be put into context, not designed to be checked off a to-do list.


11 Pieces of Advice Veteran Teachers Would Tell Their ‘First-Year Selves’


There’s a steep learning curve during the first year of teaching, so don’t sweat the small stuff.


Ignore the Negativity. Be a Teacher

Every day in the classroom offers new experiences, as well as the opportunity to have a major influence on students’ lives. Read more.

Would You Urge a Young Person to Go Into Teaching? What Teachers Say

There’s no one answer to explain why teachers would recommend (or not) their profession. What is clear: It’s rewarding. Read more.

* Video: Tips for New Teachers This Fall

During this unusual teaching year, in which where and how teaching will take place is up in the air as a result of COVID-19, I offer recommendations to new educators entering the profession.

* Mistakes New Teachers Make & How to Avoid Them

Michael Janatovich, Sarah Thomas, Roxanna Elden, Kristi Mraz, Christine Hertz, and Julia Thompson contribute their suggestions.

* New Teachers Must Create a ‘Balance’

Recommendations for new teachers come from Cindi Rigsbee, Carol Pelletier Radford, Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin, Jennie Farnell, and Ken Lindblom.

* New Teachers Should ‘Leave Gossip for Tabloids & Reality Shows’

Rebecca Schmidt, Madeline Whitaker Good, Katherine Whitaker, Ann Hoover, Jon Harper, and Otis Kriegel provide advice to new teachers.

* What Teachers Wish They ‘Had Been Told’

Allison Marchetti, Rebekah O’Dell, Kathy Levy, Matthew R. Morris, Stuart O. Yager, Rita Platt, and Larnette Snow finish off a three-part series on what teachers know now that they wish they knew then…

* ‘When I Started Teaching, I Wish I Had Known …’

Linda Hoyt, Jenny Edwards, Mary Tedrow, and Vance L. Austin offer their suggestions about what they know now that they wish they had known then…

* What Educators Wish They Knew When They Began Teaching

Roxanna Elden, Dave Stuart Jr., Julia Thompson, and Jennifer Gonzalez share what they wish they had known prior to becoming a teacher.

* New Teacher Advice—’Hold on to Your Optimism & Idealism’

Allison Zmuda, Jenny Edwards, Kelly Young, Maurice J. Elias, and Emily Geltz contribute their guest responses sharing advice for new teachers, and many readers do the same.

* Advice to New Teachers From Veterans

Five veteran educators—Valeria Brown, Julia Thompson, Roxanna Elden, Sean McComb, and Megan Allen—share advice they wish they had at the beginning of their careers.