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Survival Kit for New Teachers

Feel a little trepidation before entering your classroom? You're not alone! Whether you're already teaching, a newly credentialed graduate, or a substitute looking to transition to full-time, this course will provide you with proven tools, tips, and tricks to make your early years in the classroom a breeze.

Teaching is a balancing act, and it requires a blend of subject expertise and classroom skills to reach all of your diverse learners. In this informational and interactive six-week course, you'll learn the particulars of running a motivational classroom that will feel like home to your students. You will discover how to write winning lesson plans, reach diverse learners through differentiated instruction, communicate clearly, plan memorable events, and keep stress at bay so you can feel good about going to work every morning. You will reap the benefits gained through many years of firsthand classroom experience!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

College of DuPage Why this school? It's been chosen based on your location or if you've visited this school's website.

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Survival Kit for New Teachers Details + Objective

Course Code: skt

You Will Learn
  • Learn the fundamentals of surviving and thriving in your career as a professional educator
  • Examine the subject expertise and classroom skills you will need to reach all of the diverse learners in your classroom
  • Discover how to use your communication skills to bridge conflict and turn classroom problems into teaching opportunities
  • Learn a variety of time-saving tips on rules, routines, and organization that will help you add order to your classroom
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Reap the benefits gained through many years of firsthand classroom experience
  • Gain confidence in your ability to build and maintain relationships with students, parents, staff, and administrators
  • Learn useful strategies for managing stress and avoiding burn-out so you can enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling career
Survival Kit for New Teachers Outline
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Week 1

Learn to draw on your inspiration as you face the academic (and not so academic) challenges ahead. Then, examine how color theory, desk arrangement, and bulletin boards can stimulate your students visually. You will discover the best ways to bring that touch of home and warmth to your classroom.

Week 2

Discover the differences between full and condensed sets of lesson plans, and you'll learn how to build student engagement with a strong anticipatory set. Then, learn how to use interest centers, cubing, and tiering as easy tools for differentiating instruction in your classroom.

Week 3

Explore common special needs, IEPs, and smart ways to incorporate diverse learning objectives into your teaching routine. Then, learn a variety of time-saving tips on rules, routines, and organization that will help you add order to your classroom.

Week 4

Learn tactics to win students, engage parents, and impress the school as you set an example as a strong communicator. Then, discover how to use your communication skills to bridge conflict and turn classroom problems into teaching opportunities.

Week 5

Discover the power of rubrics, tests that account for a wide range of student diversity, and creative assignments that bring out the best in all your learners. Then, learn how to plan and pull off milestone events like back-to-school night, parent-teacher conferences, and field trips into the community.

Week 6

Examine how to build balance in your life so that the job will never overwhelm you. You will learn classroom strategies to make your life less hectic and discover the best ways to keep stress at bay. Finally, discover what school administrators are looking for and how to wow them with your creativity.

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Survival Kit for New Teachers Instructors
Tracey Birch

As an educator who has worked with students as young as four and as old as 12, Tracey Birch started practicing Differentiated Instruction before the term was coined. After completing a master's degree in education, Birch taught in varied school settings, from private to public schools and across multiple grades. She currently serves as the Middle School Lead Teacher at a public junior high school.

Survival Kit for New Teachers Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Survival Kit for New Teachers Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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