Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students


Best Practices


TEA's new teacher handbook, First Class: A Success Guide for Teachers Beginning Their Careers, is packed with best practices. To access the valuable information available in this publication for members, click here.


Table of Contents

Section One: Get Started

  • Being Prepared
  • Becoming a Member
  • Applying for Extra Cash
  • Organizing Your Professional Life
  • Starting the School Year
  • Succeeding on the First Day
  • Staying Healthy
  • Surviving the First Year

Section Two: Manage Your Classroom

  • Managing Your Time
  • Managing Student Behavior
  • Responding to Behavior Problems
  • Establishing Rules, Rewards & Consequences
  • Accentuating the Positive
  • Writing Report Card Comments
  • Taking a Field Trip

Section Three: Make Families Your Partners

  • Engaging Families
  • Communicating With Families
  • Holding Family Conferences
  • Involving Families of English-Language Learners

Section Four: Grow as a Professional

  • Working With Colleagues
  • Working With a Mentor
  • Preparing for a Substitute
  • Tapping Valuable Resources
  • Learning From Your Colleagues
  • Valuing Diversity in Your Classroom
  • Working With Students With Special Needs
  • Understanding the ABCs of Education and TEA
  • Being Smart About Technology

Section Five: Know Your Rights and Duties

  • Maintaining Your License to Teach
  • Navigating Your Evaluation
  • Knowing the Basics of School Law
  • Protecting Yourself
  • Protecting Your Students
  • Maintaining Proper Conduct
  • Following Test Security Guidelines
  • Code of Ethics