Beginning Teachers

Classroom Culture and Relationships

Creating a positive classroom culture, and developing authentic relationships with both students and staff is a foundational element for any beginning teacher. Having a classroom culture that promotes positive behaviour responses and reduces disruption in the classroom will help beginning teachers to have a successful start to their teaching career.

Resources and Templates

Weekly Online Intentional Planning - Classroom Template - The purpose of this planning template is to strategically plan when and how you will be connecting with your class(es), to ensure focus for the week. The intent is not to accomplish every form of connection every week but to intentionally differentiate how best to support your class learning as well as individual student and family needs.

Coaching Plan Template - This document provides a way to organize and prioritize in manageable intervals by identifying goals, actions, resources, and supports and provides purposeful reflection on attainment of goals and determining next steps.

The Year So Far - This graphic organizer can be used at any time to reflect upon initial successes, areas of surprise, learnings, and anticipated events.

Classroom Management Matters - An exercise for reflection around key areas of classroom management.

What Is Obvious to You - A graphic organizer to accompany an activity where teachers identify simple creative ideas, materials, resources, or strategies that can engage and enlighten your students and support their learning.


Assessment is an integral part of the instruction cycle and knowing how to do this effectively is not always something that you feel confident about when you’re first starting off as a teacher. Guidance with knowing how to gather data to determine students’ strengths and weaknesses and measuring the progress of student learning is an area focused on in beginning teacher mentoring.


So much learning occurs in the first year of teaching! Having access to research based practices to inform instruction is underlying to sound pedagogy.

Resources and Templates

Strategies Used in New Teacher Cohort - This overview is designed to support leaders who are facilitating a beginning teachers cohort, with strategies that can help increase engagement in the topic.

Month by Month Overview - This is an example of a month by month “to do” list of procedural and pedagogical tasks. The template can be adapted by the facilitator to reflect division expectations.

Supporting Struggling Readers - This template is a tool for building a continuum of supports for struggling readers.

Diverse learners

Knowing how to plan for ALL students is challenging for teachers, for a beginning teacher having support with creating diverse learning opportunities so that all students can thrive is essential.

Resources and Templates

Behaviour is Communication Visual

Personal Wellness

With so many demands on first year teachers, having support to maintain positive social, mental and physical wellness is highly important.

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