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First Year Teacher Self-Study Course

First Year Teacher is a self-paced professional development course for novice K-3 teachers, developed by Reading Rockets. The program provides teachers with an in-depth knowledge of reading so they are prepared to guide their students into becoming skilled and enthusiastic readers.

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What you'll find here

  • Your First Year: What to expect and how to survive, including classroom groupings, working with parents, and sample language arts blocks.
  • Teacher Toolbox: Understanding the struggling reader and what's important in teaching reading, from the alphabetic principle to classroom management.
  • Course Modules: 10 self-paced learning modules to deepen your understanding of how to teach reading effectively, from phonemic awareness to comprehension.
  • Resources: A curated list of great online tools for teachers.

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Special thanks to Dr. Louisa Moats and Darion Griffin for their guidance, advice, and support. We'd also like to thank Bonnie Massimino, Torie Rubin, and Michelle Hay for their invaluable input and suggestions. Funding for First Year Teacher was provided by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and The Overbrook Foundation.

"I'm wondering what to read next." — Matilda, Roald Dahl