Crush it from the Start: 50 Tips for New Teachers

Dr. Matt Rhoads is a Tech and Instructional Leader and Innovator with hands in Adult Ed, K-12, and Higher Education. He is the author of several books and is the host of Navigating Education – The Podcast.

As we experience our first few years of teaching, they seem to blend together, but also there are moments of the highs and lows of navigating the profession. Teaching is a rewarding and challenging profession that is constantly changing and evolving. Understanding how to navigate the ebbs and flows of new students, building your pedagogical toolkit, establishing and maintaining a class community, amplifying the voices of students, and meeting students where they are at in their learning. There are also elements of navigating families, the local community, your own personal life and boundaries, and other external events. Ultimately, as a new and even experienced teachers, there are many variables we must navigate and learn as we move through our careers as a teacher.

The Why Behind the Book

Early in 2022, I wanted to provide teachers with a resource on how to navigate education as a new teacher because I know of the challenges teachers go through during student teaching and their first five years of teaching. For example, during my student teaching, it was a challenging experience that at times, I felt like I almost failed. Ultimately, without the support and mentorship I received, I would have not been able to pass as well as build my skillset and move into a position as a Special Education teacher. When thinking about my experiences as a new teacher, I reflected and knew a resource like Crush it from the Start would have been helpful to have while student teaching, teacher credentialing program, and in my first years of teaching.

As a student teacher supervisor for a local university in the Dual Language and English Language Learner Department and an instructional and digital learning coach and instructional leader for new and experienced teachers at the consortium level (i.e., district level for Adult Education), developing the resource was a goal of mine as I see it on a daily basis the challenges and the rewarding nature of teaching and the invaluable work teachers do. Also, in a world where we are experiencing a teacher shortage, we need resources that are honest about the challenges teachers experience, research-based, and practical on how to navigate them.

To make this resource a reality, I teamed up with practicing educators who also work with new and experienced teachers in their day-to-day work. Drs. Sam Fecich, Casey Jakubowski, and Kevin Leichtman all teamed up to share their experience and knowledge within the 50 Tips and Four Critical Conversations that are found throughout the book. As a result, Crush it from the Start: 50 Tips for New Teachers was born and is now available for pre-service, new teachers, and experienced teachers. Published by School Rubric, a publisher focused on amplifying educator voices, we believe this book can be utilized within schools and districts, universities, and credentialing and mentoring programs across the world.

Contents of the Book

The goal of the contents of the book was to provide teachers with the content they need to navigate many of the experiences they may encounter within the classrooms they serve. We wanted to provide research and our experiences to navigate these experiences. Ultimately, the 50 Tips and Critical Conversations cover topics that include:

  • Pedagogy and Instructional Strategies
  • Lesson Planning and Workflow
  • Classroom Management
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Special Education
  • Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
  • Utilizing Educational Technology to Teach Within Any Classroom Setting
  • Differentiating Instruction
  • Multilingual Learners
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Student Mental Health

To learn more about the book and its content, check out Also, to purchase the book as well as read reviews about it, find it on Amazon by clicking here.


As we know as educators, the school year ebbs and flows, and our overall mental and physical well-being does as well. This book is a great resource for any educators who need encouragement and some tips to navigate the school year. – Susan Jachymiak, Elementary Teacher

The organization of topics, partnered with reflective activities is well-designed and provides a user-friendly guide to growth. 50 Tips for New Teachers is the book I wish I had when I began my career as a teacher. – Sarah Thornell, Campus Administrator

Published by Matthew Rhoads, Ed.D.

Innovator, EdTech Trainer and Leader, University Lecturer & Teacher Candidate Supervisor, Consultant, Author, and Podcaster

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