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Study Guides for Individual Work, Small Discussion Groups, and Large Discussion Groups

If you would like a study guide for The First-Year Teacher's Survival Guide or The First-Year Teacher's Checklist for your personal use or for preservice and professional development training, contact Julia Thompson via e-mail at

Julia's Flash Fifteen for When Things Go Wrong 

  1. Kindness never hurts.
  2. Having a bad day is not the same as being a failure.
  3. Be trustworthy.
  4. Keep offering students choices to be better.
  5. Care more about them than about academic progress.
  6. Remember that it's the behavior you dislike and not the student.
  7. Everyone should be your favorite.
  8. "We can figure this out" is a powerful phrase.
  9. Keep trouble private. Protect your students' dignity.
  10. Act toward the worst like you act toward the best.
  11. Work with strengths.
  12. Use the times of trouble to deepen connections.
  13. Be accessible.
  14. Make it obvious that you enjoy your students.
  15. Channel student energy into better directions.