FREE: Module 1, Part 1: How to Plan Your YEAR from Scratch

The Ultimate New Teacher Workshop

For those of you looking for a way to lay out your year, or you're simply looking for where to begin in planning your year--this module is for you.

This module is a FREE stand-alone webinar, workbook, and template to help you create a year overview for your curriculum. This is always my step one before planning ANYTHING else for the year.

With a year overview, you can:

  1. Pace out your units to make sure you're covering all the grade levels' standards for the year.
  2. Get a head start on unit planning for the rest of the year.
  3. Design an order of units that build off of each other (making the creation of lesson plans that build off of each other much easier).

Your year overview is your curriculum map for the year, also called a "Scope and Sequence."

Though technically you can get by without one and make up the year as you go, that's an extremely difficult and stressful way to go.

It's kind of like jumping into a 90-minute lesson plan without a map for the whole period--you might be able to wing it for a few activities, but eventually, you're going to start grasping at straws to find things to do.

With a unit plan, you know what comes next, and how much time you have for each step.

It's the difference between ending a lesson plan and knowing where you're going the next day, versus ending and panicking (again) that you have to pull something out of the hat again for tomorrow.

Not only that, but your admin will love it.

And you'll have answers to guardians' questions at Open House when they ask those all-intimidating questions: "So, what will your class cover?" or "Will your class help my child with _____?"

At the end of this workshop, you should feel confident to create a year overview, answering the questions:

  1. What units will I teach this year?
  2. When will I teach each unit?
  3. What standards will I teach in each unit?
  4. How will I make sure I'm covering all of my standards this year?

Note that we will not be diving into details of unit plans with daily lesson plans in this module--that is covered in detail in Module 1, Part 2: How to Create a Unit Plan, and Module 3: Creating Solid Lesson Plans.

This module is just for you to get a birds-eye view of what you'll be covering and when this year.


This Module is for YOU if...

  • You're preparing for your first year teaching, re-entering teaching, or want a complete makeover of last year.

  • You're exploding from nerves about teaching and not sure where to put that anxiety.

  • You need help on knowing what to prepare and how to do it.

  • You feel unsupported by your school, underprepared by your teacher prep program, rusty from a break from teaching, or panicked about not having any training at all.

  • You want guidance on designing high quality, standards-aligned curriculum and putting together lesson plans that are effective and engaging.

"All summer I’ve been thinking that I need to do things to get prepared for the school year but I wasn’t exactly sure what. I am SOOOOO thankful to have found this that tells me EXACTLY what to do. It has made me feel so much better about the upcoming school year and has made it a lot less scary."

Your Instructor

Jeanne Wolz, M. Ed.
Jeanne Wolz, M. Ed.

Hi! I’m Jeanne. I’m a former middle school ELA teacher, college instructor, and the founder of Teacher Off Duty--a blog dedicated to helping teachers save time, teach better, and live happier. I have 9 years of teaching and instructional coaching, including mentoring as a cooperating teacher, serving as Department Chair, and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Since founding Teacher Off Duty, I've helped thousands of new teachers along their journey to a smooth and fulfilling first few years teaching.

In my 2nd year teaching, I won an Outstanding Beginning Teaching Award and I didn't feel special enough for it at all. In fact, I knew then what I know now: I owed the early success largely to the strategic preparation I did before them. And now, I want to help you do the same.


Course Curriculum

  Module 1, Part 1: How to Create a Curriculum YEAR OVERVIEW From Scratch
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Enroll Now and Receive:

-Module 1, Part 1 to the Ultimate New Teacher Workshop. This is a stand-alone module that will walk you through creating a standards-based year overview to work from for the entire school year.

-Workbook + spreadsheet template to create your own year overview

-Lifetime access to the module

"I'm going into education from an engineering background and was clueless where to start. Now, I am already impressing my principal with my procedures and understanding of unit planning! I've already tooted your horn through FB groups and can't wait to dive in further!" - 2018 Alumna

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the workshop start and finish?
The workshop starts immediately!
How long do I have access to the workshop?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the workshop?
I want you to be happy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund, no questions asked.
I'm on a tight budget. Is this workshop worth it?
Real talk: that first year teacher budget is REAL. But, as you're prioritizing things on your budget, have you ever stopped to think about what your time and sanity is worth? Let me give you a hint: a lot. For you, for your family, AND for your quality of teaching. In this year, you’re going to need more time and sanity than you ever have before. This course was made to save you loads of both. That's worth something.
What makes this different than other resources available online?
There is a TON of free resources online for teachers. The problem? That there is a ton of free resources online for teachers. And not all of it is good. Some of it is conflicting. And most times it takes hours and hours just to find the thing you were looking for in the first place, if you can find it at all. You don't have that kind of time this summer. This summer and this year, you’re going to need gallons of a few things: time, organization, calm, and courage. This course is here for you for all of that. That jungle of online resources? Not so much.
Will I have time to complete this workshop?
This module of the full workshop will likely take 2-5 hours to complete your own year overview, depending on your course load.
Is this workshop applicable to my classroom outside the US?
The course is designed to help new teachers set up a classroom that runs smoothly, rather than about following national or state requirements. So most, if not all of it, would be just as applicable for you as a US teacher. Even the Documentation section isn't tied to US requirements--it's just a guide to setting up good documentation practices for your own purposes. In the beginning of the process, the module will ask you to search for your content standards, but there are instructions on what to do if you do not have state or national standards for your content. This is actually the case for many US teachers, too, if they do not teach a core subject. Finally, keep in mind that there is a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you start the course and have any concerns at all, you can contact me and I'll give you a full refund, no questions asked.

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