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."

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 2: How to Create a UNIT PLAN from Scratch
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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

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 2-3 hours to complete, with you walking away with a detailed unit plan for your own class.
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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