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Preservice Teacher Advice

Mon Jan 29, 2018 4:22 PM


I am an undergraduate studying elementary education. As I get closer to graduation, I would like to start to compile some helpful advice and resources that will help me once I start teaching. What are some things you wish you had known before you started teaching or resources you wish you would have gotten access to sooner? 


Ella Duke
Ella Duke
205 Activity Points

Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:49 PM

The greatest thing you can do is to start collecting resources. One way to do that is to start your "My Library" collection on NSTA. You can go to the "Explore All Resources" tab and refine your search, then click add to My Library and you will have a great collection very quickly. Check out as well to look for resources. The forums are a great place to post questions about content, teaching strategies, etc. I wish I would have joined NSTA when I first began teaching!

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
83456 Activity Points

Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:25 PM

I agree that joining NSTA is a wonderful way to have access to great teaching resources. I love active learning and have always collected teaching activities to engage my students. The more I taught, the more I also learned about assessing student learning. Students can have a lot of fun and be engaged and not master the objectives. Take a look at the Assessment Probes in the Learning Center. They are a great way to really understand what students are understanding!

Susan Farmer
Susan Farmer
1315 Activity Points

Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:46 PM

I too am a preservice teacher. I am currently in the classroom four days a week student teaching (Kindergarten), and I have found a variety of websites that have come in handy. Keep in mind, almost everything you find will need to be 'tweaked' or changed to fit your students and your TEK or objective. Hopefully the school or district will also give you many resources. Here's a list of websites myself and my mentor teacher like to use: (if you get a classroom with a smart board) (if you find a youtube video but want to skip the ads)
Starfall and ABCYA (great for allowing students to use technology, can be accessed on computers or iPads)

I hope these resources help you in your future classroom! Best of luck!

Kelsey Nason
Kelsey Nason
110 Activity Points

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