Back to School: Tips for First-Time Teachers

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Thousands of rookie teachers across the country nervously contemplate study plans and wonder if they can live up to the expectations of students, parents, the principal and themselves. Classroom veterans offer advice to the new teachers.


Jennifer Westra, first-time teacher at Liliam Lujan Hickey Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nev.

Rafe Esquith, author of There Are No Shortcuts and longtime fifth-grade teacher in Los Angeles

David Espinosa, New York City teaching fellow

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