Module 1, Part 2: How to Plan a UNIT from Scratch
The Ultimate New Teacher Workshop
If you're sitting down to plan your first unit and feel completely overwhelmed at how to put one together, or simply want a more systematic way of creating a meaningful unit that hits all the content you need to, this module is for you.
This module is a stand-alone webinar, workbook, and template to walk you through, step-by-step, how to create a solid unit plan. It's a repeatable system you can use throughout the year.
A little story behind this module:
The summer before my first year, I remember positively exploding from stress over coming up with my first few unit plans. I had 4 preps, and the idea of coming up with 4 different full units before the beginning of the year (not to mention keeping that up all year) made me nauseous.
What I didn't realize was that I was lucky: the year I was hired, the district had just separated Reading and Writing into separate periods, meaning a whole crop of Writing teachers had just been hired across all 3 middle schools--which meant there was some district training for us.
The training itself wasn't super helpful, but sitting down to plan with a seasoned teacher was.
I'll never forget the relief that washed over me as the seasoned teacher at our table--a incredible teacher that adored mentoring new teachers--took charge of our planning session.
She grinned as she got out her calendar and our Year Overview. "Ohhh, I'm so excited. I love Writing. I love planning brand new units." I still remember her grin and my thinking, teach me your ways, girl. This task is my idea of a stress bonanza.
She walked us through step by step, occasionally going off on tangents of "What would be so cool would be..." "Ohhhhh, maybe we could..." that eventually melted away the stress in the group and started making me excitement.
The way she did it made the whole process soooo much easier than I thought it had to be.
I followed every step of what she did, and afterward, I was able to go back and follow her same process for every unit afterward.
Each time I sat down to plan a unit from then on, I remembered her excitement and systematic steps and how those brought us to a clear and exciting unit, and I channeled my energy into following them.
The purpose of this module is to teach you those steps so you feel confident for all your preps for the rest of the 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.
This course is not for you if...
- You don’t want to work hard to prepare for your first year. Though this course is going to save you a lot of time, setting up an awesome year still takes a lot of (strategic) work.
- You are cool with spending hundreds hours in scanning thousands of pins, articles, and advice from people with varying expertise to find how best to prepare, or just want to wing it this year
- You are bent on having that classic horrific first year teaching. Nope. That’s not what we’re about here.
"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."
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.
Enroll Now and Receive:
-Module 1, Part 2 to the Ultimate New Teacher Workshop. This is a stand-alone module that will walk you through creating a standards-based unit plan that you can use over and over again throughout the year.
- Webinar Replay that will walk you through, step-by-step, through creating a unit plan
- Corresponding workbook WITH an example unit to help you create your own
- Google-Sheets 2022-2023 Planning Calendar
- 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