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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Spelling: Assignments


Look at a student's writing. Identify which stage the writer is in.


Read the articles Word Study: A New Approach to Teaching Spelling by Diane Henry Leipzing and How to Study Spelling Words by Bruce Murray


Watch Writing and Spelling, a 30-minute program from our Launching Young Readers series.


Dr. Louisa Moats, an expert in the area of improving literacy and elementary education, discusses how nonsense words can help students learn word structure.

Spelling: 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.

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Frederick Douglass