Supporting new teachers for success in the first years! The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. In this helpful guide, new teachers will discover key strategies to help build confidence in the classroom and quickly get connected to resources and educators in the field who can stand in the gap to support them. Save time and learn to easily: • Connect with online Communities of Practice • Find and plan 21st Century lessons • Collaborate with a face-to-face or virtual mentor Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website at http://www.corwin.com/connectededucators/. “This book gives teachers the resources to lead their students into this global community. The authors represent the growing body of educators who recognize that social media gives power, not problems, to students’ learning.” Angela Maiers, Founder and President Choose2Matter, Inc. and Maiers Education Services, Inc. “This is a stellar exploration of what collaboration and communication can look like in modern education and how it can enhance all aspects of school. . A must read for those wishing to maximize digital tools to increase communication and collaboration with all educational stakeholders.” Adam Bellow, Educational Consultant and Corwin Author, Untangling the Web
Chapter 3: Connecting to Build Your Classroom
Connecting to Build Your Classroom
What is the most effective strategy for preparing your classroom for the next academic year? As a new teacher, maybe you ask a former university professor for ideas. Or, maybe you consider the strategies of your former master teacher or mentor. Both approaches are a good start, but you don’t want to forget about the potential needs of your students. Preparing a classroom involves much more than decorating walls, and it is no easy task. What would happen if you started with a blank slate? Do away with the premade posters or classroom decorations containing stereotypical colors and designs for your grade level. What are the implications for students making a contribution to ...