Discovery Education has joined forces with Elmer's Products, Inc., SMART Technologies, and The Clorox Company to re-launch New Teacher Survival Central, an online destination featuring an array of classroom resources designed to welcome, support, and reward educators new to the teaching profession.
Offering tips, tools, and suggestions for easing into the teaching field, New Teacher Survival Central provides educators with essentials such as classroom management techniques, ideas for connecting classroom activities to the curriculum, lesson plans, peer-networking resources, and tools to create engaging learning centers.
New for the 2009-2010 school year, New Teacher Survival Central features an area dedicated to the elementary classroom, It's Elementary. This section includes special content for educators who are not only new themselves to teaching, but are busy with students who are new to school as well. It's Elementary provides resources for teachers looking to create environmentally friendly classrooms in the "Green Scene," including tips and facts about recycling, curriculum ideas and student projects. And it features "Learning Curve," where new elementary teachers can find resources related to bullying, food allergies, learning styles, and more.
In the Technology 101 area of the website, educators can access practical information on how educational technologies promote student engagement in learning and what tools are available for use in the classroom. Free K-12 student resources are highlighted for teachers in the Tech Tools for Students section of the site.
Homeroom Headquarters provides advice on creating a positive classroom environment, communicating with parents, and managing students. New educators also will find videos covering a broad array of topics such as lesson planning, community and parental involvement, and using technology effectively.
Highlighting the blogs, tutorials, curricular resources, and educational media outlets veteran teachers rely on each day, the Best of the Web section provides a library of internet tools to both new and seasoned educators.
New Teacher Survival Central is offering monthly prizes from Elmer's Products, Inc., SMART Technologies, The Clorox Company, and Discovery Education. One first-year educator will be chosen to win a grand-prize package featuring a trip with Discovery Student Adventures. The winner will join up to 20 other teachers on a scouting trip for the next Discovery Student Adventures location. Current Discovery Student Adventure destinations include the Arctic, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Italy and Greece, New Zealand and Fiji, and South Africa. In addition, veteran teachers are encouraged to spread the word to new teachers about New Teacher Survival Central, as the educator who refers the grand-prize winner will win a trip to the Discovery Education professional development conference of his or her choice.
Visit New Teacher Survival Central at www.discoveryeducation.com/newteacher.
Source: Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com