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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


Chapter 1 Teaching During a Pandemic

Tonia Holmes-Sutton

Clint Whitten

Shannon Rice

Julie Padilla

Jennifer Jaros

David Perrin

Sara Curran

David Carroll

Leana R. Malinowsky

Susan "Ernie" Rambo

Chapter 2 Classroom Setup and Management

Jesse Kraft

Jana Hunzicker

Shannon Rice

Sarah Brown

Allison Krasnow

Cynthia Dawn Martelli

George Dewey

Laura Roeker

Chelsea Marelle

Lois A. Groth

Candice Chiavola

Christine Beardslee

Chapter 3 Culturally Responsive Teaching

Saroja R. Warner

Rocio del Castillo and Julia Stearns-Cloat

Lindsay Smith and Anton Miglietta

Stephanie Kiley

Alisa M. Ross

Clint Whitten

Joshua D. Case

Marisol Diaz

Peggy Shannon-Baker

Alexis Jones

Collin Edouard

Suzanna Nelson

Chapter 4 Curriculum and Instruction

Dustin Wright

Kelli Hamilton

Soyini Chism

Alex Stampher

Gary J. Miller

Brendan McCormick

Zach Hall

Katelyn Giordano

Aaron Sitze

David Carroll

Lydia Gerzel-Short and Karen L.Kohler

Mary C. Clement

Chapter 5 Differentiation

Vicki Phelps

Will Dwyer

Sara Curran

Kylie Martin

Katrina A. Hovey, Marla J. Lohmann, and Araiane N. Gauvreau

Hilary Dack

Neil O’Reilly

Vicki Phelps

Deitra A. Kuester and Lauralyn K. Randles

Christal Hoch

Angela Danley

Anita S. Charles

Calla Stroh

Chapter 6 English Learners

Jennifer Jaros

Rebekah Young

Carla Huck

Beatriz Dillman

Rhonda D. Miller

Carla Huck

Katie Tice

Jeanne Okrasinski

Marisol Diaz

Megan Freeman

Judy Matuszewski

Erin Laverick

Socorro Garcia-Alvarado

Chapter 7 Professionalism/School Culture

Nathan Bond

Jana Hunzicker

Vincent T. Laverick

Jace Mansfield

Megan Porter

Julie Padilla

Stephanie Morrison

Rashad J. Talley

Rose Johnson and Beth Brabham

Brittany John

Mary Frances Thomas

Marygrace Farina, Arleen P. Mariotti, Kimberly A. Schwartz, and Lori Sue Grieb-Severino

Mary Rebecca Wells and Jana Underwood

Chapter 8 Navigating Teacher Evaluation

Amy Howerton

Lori Abbott

Amie Livengood

Rebecca Lehman

David Perrin

Melissa Dudic

Shaunna Alcorn

Marsha Black-Chen

Alisa M. Ross

Meghan A. Kessler

Maryellyn Friel

Lynn Williams Leppich

Chapter 9 Relationship Building/Communication

Lynn Sikma

John Lando Carter

Jameelah R. Wright

Jennifer Wellberg

Deepti Kharod

Chantelle Grace

Mallika Raman

Karen L. Kohler and Lydia Gerzel-Short

Nancy H. Betker

Heather Lyon

Pamela Kramer Ertel

Leana R. Malinowsky

Nedra L. Cossa

Alisa M. Ross

Chapter 10 Student Assessment and Data Literacy

Daniel M. Frederking

Amy Howerton

Adam Larsen

Harlee Morphis

Monica Boehle

Altheria Caldera

Julia Cuscaden

Monica Boehle

Kelly Brooksher

Joycelyn Forshay

Davon Clarke

Kimberly A Schwartz, Marygrace Farina, Lori Sue Grieb-Severino, and Arleen P. Mariottti

Chapter 11 Work-Life Balance

Michelle Adler

Daria Pizzuto

Ingrid Wagner

Jennifer Ann Flynn

Raven Talley

Deb Coberley

Marah Lambert

René Roselle

Laura Alpaugh

Bethany Baer

Alexis Jones

Matthew Ohlson

Susan Trostle Brand and Olga Lerner

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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