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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These 10 course modules include in-depth information, classroom strategies, assignments and additional resources on the building blocks of teaching reading and writing — including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension. In the accompanying video clips, you'll hear from literacy experts and see teachers using effective strategies and techniques in the classroom.

NOTE: Reading Rockets is not able to offer CEUs for this self-study course. However, you may download the letter of completion to present to your school district.

Course Modules

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Diary of a First Year Teacher

Join Barbara Zielinski, a first grade teacher at River Plaza Elementary School in Middletown, NJ, during her first year teaching.

"Writing is thinking on paper. " — William Zinsser