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The New Teacher's Guide to Overcoming Common Challenges
Curated Advice from Award-Winning Teachers

ISBN 9780367409791
Published October 30, 2020 by Routledge
234 Pages

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Book Description

This practical, hands-on guide offers support for your first years in the classroom by offering strategies to overcome ten common challenges found in rural, suburban, and urban school classrooms. The tips are shared by National Board-Certified Teachers, National Teachers of the Year, and other experienced educators. The New Teacher’s Guide to Overcoming Common Challenges provides:

  • 100+ downloadable and customizable resources for new teachers to modify and use in PK-12th grade classrooms. 
  • Web access to an online new teacher social media community including New Teacher Talk podcasts (available on iTunes and Spotify), Twitter Chats (@NewTeacherTalk1), Instagram (@newteachertalk), blogs, and accompanying webpage:
  • Timely advice that addresses the shift to remote and hybrid learning brought about by the world pandemic.

This book is used by PK-12 school districts who offer new teacher induction programming, traditional and alternative teacher preparation programs, high school teacher cadet programs, and individual teachers for personal professional learning. Don’t face the challenges alone—learn from those who have been there!

Table of Contents

1. Teaching During a Pandemic;  2 Classroom Setup and Management;  3 Culturally Responsive Teaching;  4 Curriculum and Instruction;  5 Differentiation;  6 English Learners;  7 Professionalism/School Culture;  8 Navigating Teacher Evaluation;  9 Relationship Building/Communication;  10 Student Assessment and Data Literacy;  11 Work-Life Balance

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Anna M. Quinzio-Zafran provides professional development for candidates and facilitators with the National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University and is a graduate faculty scholar in curriculum and instruction at Northern Illinois University.

Elizabeth A. Wilkins is professor of curriculum and instruction. She serves as the coordinator of the nationally recognized graduate career and professional development office for the Graduate School at Northern Illinois University.


All new teachers, regardless of where, what, and whom they teach, need support, encouragement, and ideas. Brimming with research-based practical advice, The New Teacher's Guide to Overcoming Common Challenges is certain to be a treasured companion for teachers beginning their professional journeys, as well as for those who have been around for many years.

Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, Language, Literacy, and Culture, College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


The New Teacher's Guide to Overcoming Common Challenges focuses on ten common challenges of teaching and emphasizes the importance of culturally, linguistically, and community responsive teaching. It’s utilization of P-12 teacher expertise and creative utilization of networking and social media make it a unique and valuable resource for both teacher educators and new teachers.

Ken Zeichner, Boeing Professor of Teacher Education Emeritus, University of Washington