New teacher's guide to the first month of school

Learn what to do in the first month of school to ensure success for the rest of the year.
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 39 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2014 English

Course Description

  • This course is for new or first year teachers who are getting ready to plan for a new year. Every teacher has a horror story about their first year of teaching. Many veteran teachers and new teachers alike believe this is part of some horrible initiation that every new teacher has to go through. This course is for those new teachers who don't want to have a horror story. Participants will learn lesson planning, classroom management and relationship strategies that are key to getting off to a good start and will improve their chances of having a successful year. Participants will learn step by step instructions for creating lessons that will engage students. You will be able to access a lesson planning template with guiding questions to help you develop your lessons using the ideas of backwards design (Understanding by Design). You will prioritize the most important classroom management routines and procedures to focus on during the first month and learn how to effectively implement those routines and procedures. You will learn which relationships to harness in the first month in order to get off to the best start possible. Finally, you will learn how to plan an amazing first day. In addition to the lesson planning template, you will have access to a lecture and lesson planning template specifically organized for planning group work, one of the main pitfalls for new teachers. Participants will receive twenty-three lectures divided up into four sections: lesson planning, classroom management, relationships and planning the first day. There is an introduction and conclusion for each section with a total of 30 minutes of video lectures that provide steps and tasks to complete. If the process is followed, you will leave the course with a solid plan for the first month of school that will ensure a smooth year.

What are the requirements?

  • All that is needed to enjoy the benefits of this course is a comittment to having a great first year of teaching

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of this course participants will be able to plan the first month of school to ensure a successful year.
  • Participants will learn the keys to developing engaging lessons.
  • Participants will focus their classroom management efforts.
  • Participants will Learn how to develop relationships with the right people.
  • Participants will learn how to plan a great first day.

Who is the target audience?

  • New and first year teachers will benefit from this course

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

My experiences and training have led me to create this course. Discover my qualifications in this short lecture.


In this short lecture, find out how to get the most out of the course. Learn how to get in touch with me for assistance and feedback.

Section 2: Lesson Planning
2 pages

Download this lesson planning template to use as a reference in lecture #4. The template includes instructions and questions to help guide you through the lesson planning process.


In this lecture you will learn strategies for creating a lesson plan that will engage students. You will learn the elements that must be present in order to successfully plan a lesson.


Learn about the different types of assessments. Discover how to use assessments to inform instruction and increase student achievement.

1 page

Download this lesson planning checklist to assess your lesson plan for the necessary elements. Reflection and revision is an important piece of the planning process.

Section 3: Classroom Management

Classroom management is the number one concern of teachers. Learn why it is an important part of planning your first month.


In this lecture, I will define routines and procedures. You will learn how to distinguish these two important classroom management ideas.


Learn about how to decide what routines and procedures to choose. Decide when to introduce routines and procedures.


This lecture explains a common pitfall teachers make. Learn how to avoid this detrimental pitfall. Learn how to teach routines and procedures so that students will become automatic in performing them.


This lecture will define standards of behavior. You will learn two strategies for developing standards of conduct in your classroom.


One of the most difficult management issues is running productive groups. Teachers and students constantly complain about the effectiveness of group work. This lecture will identify 5 elements that are necessary for group work to run smoothly. You will learn how to implement all 5 elements. Also, a template is provided for you to use in planning.

Section 4: Relationships
Introduction to Relationships

Identify strategies for getting to know your students. Find out how to create a classroom culture that will foster a safe learning environment for your students.


Find out why these constituents are on the list of most important connections. Learn how to engage them at the very beginning of the year.


Learn why finding a mentor is so important. Identify the characteristics of a good mentor.

Section 5: The first day

In this lecture, you will find out what is so important about the first day.

1st Day Lesson Plan

Plan the classroom management strategies you will address on the first day of school. Identify what routines and procedures you will implement on the first day of school.


Identify what strategies you will use to engage students, parents and co-workers on the very first day of school. What small acts can you take on that first day to make a big difference.


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Instructor Biography

I became a teacher because my own education wasn't a very engaging one. There were many times when I could envision a better way of learning during my own time in school. I became committed to making those visions a reality for students. I am continually working to make this a reality for all students through my own teaching and my work with new and veteran teachers alike. I am currently a certified special educator in an inclusive rural high school. I have been teaching for 18 years. I started teaching in private school environments for students with both learning disabilities and students with behavioral issues. I have been teaching in the public school system for the last 12 years. I have taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in a variety of topics including co-teaching, differentiated instruction, teaching methods and exceptional populations. I consider my expertise to be in the areas of curriculum, instruction and classroom management. In addition to my teaching experience, I am a trained new teacher mentor. I received my B.A. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, my M.Ed. from Saint Michael's College in Vermont and most recently, my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) from Southern New Hampshire University.

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