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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Assessment: Assignments


Practice giving the grade appropriate assessments that you learned about.


Read Catch Them Before They Fall: Identification and Assessment to Prevent Reading Failure in Young Children. Early identification is crucial when it comes to helping children who are having trouble learning to read. This seminal article by Joseph Torgesen explains the assessment process and reviews the more commonly used assessment tools.


Watch our webcast Assessment: On Track for Reading Success, featuring national experts Dr. Roland Good, Dr. Mary Ruth Coleman, and Dr. Michael C. McKenna. They address how assessment can be used to lead students to reading success — including classrooms where assessment is embedded in the day-to-day activities.

Assessment by Specialists

At a Lindamood-Bell Center in Denver, a seven-year-old receives one-on-one assessment and guidance.

Assessment: Assignments
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.

"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943