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.
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.
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.
Lesson 01 - Welcome to Your Classroom
Do you ever stop to think about what inspired you to teach? Whether you’re a brand new teacher looking for your first job, or a teacher with a year or two behind you, join us as we take a look at the inspiration behind teachers of excellence. In our first lesson, you'll learn to draw on your inspiration as you face the academic (and not so academic) challenges ahead.
Lesson 02 - Plan Your Dream Classroom
Preparing your first classroom can be daunting if you don’t have an action plan. From color theory to desk arrangement and bulletin boards, do you know how you want to stimulate your students visually? In this lesson, you'll find out the best ways to bring that touch of home and warmth to your classroom.
Lesson 03 - Make Your Lesson Plans
If you’ve ever wondered exactly how to fill those six hours you’ll spend teaching, look no further than creative, engaging lesson plans. In today's lesson, you'll discover the differences between full and condensed sets of lesson plans, and you'll learn how to build student excitement with a strong anticipatory set.
Lesson 04 - Differentiate Instruction
You may not know it yet, but differentiated instruction is probably second nature to you. It’s all about modifying your curricular objectives to meet diverse student needs. In this lesson, you'll find out how to use interest centers, cubing, and tiering as easy methods of differentiating instruction in your class.
Lesson 05 - Reach Special Needs Students
Not so long ago, special needs students were relegated to different classrooms with their own teachers. Now it’s becoming more and more popular to include them in the regular classroom. This brings a host of new learning challenges and opportunities. In this lesson, we'll explore common special needs, IEPs, and smart ways to incorporate diverse learning objectives into your teaching routine.
Lesson 06 - Get Organized
Did you know that you shouldn’t have more than five classroom rules? Are you prepared in the event of a fire drill? If you’ve been searching for the right rules, routines, and organization tips to make your classroom flow smoothly, look no further. This lesson will show you a bunch of time-saving tips that will help you add order to your classroom.
Lesson 07 - Build Lasting Relationships at School
The key to teaching is building strong relationships between school and home. This starts with your students and ideally extends across the campus, into the home, and out to the community. Today, you'll learn tactics to win students, engage parents, and impress the school as you set an example as a strong communicator.
Lesson 08 - Negotiate Discipline and Rewards
One of the biggest classroom dilemmas is how to handle discipline and rewards—striking that balance between overreaction and fair play can be tricky. Luckily, you can use your communication skills to bridge conflict and turn classroom problems into teaching opportunities. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to do just that.
Lesson 09 - Write Effective Assignments and Tests
Writing assignments and tests is never a thrill, even when you know exactly what learning you want to measure and how you want to do it. Today, you'll 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.
Lesson 10 - Plan Exciting Classroom Events
Does the thought of public speaking make you cringe? It’s natural for new teachers to be nervous about milestone events like Back to School Night, parent-teacher conferences, and field trips into the community. However, with planning, organization, and a little bit of homework on your part, you’ll be able to pull off smooth events that look like they were planned by a pro.
Lesson 11 - Manage Stress
We all reach a burn-out point some time in those first few years. In this lesson, you'll learn to build balance in your life so that the job will never overwhelm you too much. From classroom strategies to make your life less hectic to after-hours relaxation tips that help veteran teachers let loose, you'll learn the best ways to keep stress at bay.
Lesson 12 - Nail Interviews to Advance Your Career
When you’re ready to advance your career to the next level, you’ll need to showcase not just what you’ve done, but what you’re ready to do in a new classroom. It has to do with how you package your skills. In our final lesson, you'll discover what administrators are looking for and how to wow them with your creativity.