Teaching in Your First Years – 9 Practical Books To Help the Graduate

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I remember my first years of teaching as a graduate were hairy, precarious and yet somehow joyful. It was a new career path for me and I was learning as much about myself as I was the profession. I am thankful for those that took a chance on me and helped me to grow and mature.

Here are nine books I wish that I had on my bookshelf when I started and I feel that they would be a good investment for graduate teachers. Various topics are covered in the books that, after years of hearing new teachers talk, are the ones that are most mentioned; class management, parents, and most importantly, encouragement.

Teaching is not an easy job and these 9 books should serve you well. I encourage you to add recommendations that have helped you in the comment section.

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Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher


The First-year Teacher's Survival Guide - Ready-to-use Strategies, Tools & Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day, Fourth Edition
Available on Kindle and in paperback

The First-year Teacher’s Survival Guide – Ready-to-use Strategies, Tools & Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day, Fourth Edition


The First-year Teacher's Survival Guide - Ready-to-use Strategies, Tools & Activities for Meeting the Challenges of Each School Day, Fourth Edition
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What Great Teachers Do Differently: 17 Things That Matter Most


The First-Year Teacher's Checklist
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The First-Year Teacher’s Checklist


Dealing With Difficult Parents
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Dealing With Difficult Parents

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Today I Made a Difference: A Collection of Inspirational Stories from America’s Top Educators
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Today I Made a Difference: A Collection of Inspirational Stories from America’s Top Educators


101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors: Effective Teaching Tips for Daily Classroom Use
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101 Answers for New Teachers and Their Mentors: Effective Teaching Tips for Daily Classroom Use


Attention-Grabbing Starters & Plenaries for Teachers: 99 Outrageously Engaging Activities to Increase Student Participation and Make Learning Fun

Attention-Grabbing Starters & Plenaries for Teachers: 99 Outrageously Engaging Activities to Increase Student Participation and Make Learning Fun


It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching
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It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching


Books to help beginning teachers start well

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