Beginning Teachers: A Guide to Support Your Teaching Journey

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Categories: Learning Theories & Strategies / Organizational & Time-saving Tools || 6 hours (for total workshop) || 60 min / workshop

About the Workshop Series:

Beginning teachers bring so much to their classrooms – fresh ideas, unique perspectives, and energy that is contagious! Join Dr. Samantha Fecich for a series of six collaborative, hands-on workshops where you will have the opportunity to expand upon best practices for preparation, classroom management, professional support, and well-being that will help you achieve lasting success as a teacher, leader, and learner. 

NOTE: While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on-demand and earn up to three Certificates of Completion.

By the end of this workshop series, you will be able to: 

  • Explain how effective teaching is related to planning and preparation before the school year begins.

  • Develop professional goals for the upcoming school year that builds a foundation to become an educational leader and learner.

  • Organize a list of classroom procedures that will set the stage for academic success.

  • Discuss the importance of positive teacher-student relationships, connecting with students during the first weeks of school, and building upon those relationships throughout the school year.

  • Explore strategies that go beyond student interest surveys and develop a plan for connecting with students in ways that are meaningful and genuine.

  • Discuss the importance of effective classroom management and the role it plays in establishing a positive classroom community.

  • Explore ways to integrate technology that will help track, monitor, and engage students in their learning.

  • Design a classroom management plan to maximize classroom instruction, student behavior, and academic performance.

  • Evaluate different types of assessments and explain the importance of aligning instruction, learning objectives, and assessment.

  • Explore ways to incorporate technology into an assessment that will motivate students and give them more control over their learning.

  • Utilize a technology tool to design an assessment to determine what students learned, how well they learned it, and where they struggled.

  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction.

  • Discover how to use technology and UDL to differentiate instruction including best practices for monitoring student progress data to make instructional decisions.

  • Utilize technology to design a content-specific lesson or assignment that applies the principals of UDL and DI to meet the needs of all learners.

  • Explain how becoming a connected educator makes learning more accessible and effective for students.

  • Discover a variety of strategies to help educators establish a Personalized Learning Network at school.

  • Utilize social media to develop a PLN and create a network of people and resources from around the world that support ongoing learning.

Series Workshop Descriptions

This is session one of six for the workshop series titled “Beginning Teachers: A Guide to Support Your Teaching Journey” 

NOTE: While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on-demand and earn up to six continuing education credits.

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Workshop Description:

Effective teachers have several things in common: content knowledge, instructional strategies, classroom management, and planning! Join Dr. Samantha Fecich as she discusses how beginning teachers can reinforce these skills and build a foundation to become educational leaders and learners. Participants will also have an opportunity to access done-for-you templates and resources to set professional goals and develop classroom procedures that will set the stage for academic success.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how effective teaching is related to planning and preparation before the school year begins.
  • Develop professional goals for the upcoming school year that builds a foundation to become an educational leader and learner.
  • Organize a list of classroom procedures that will set the stage for academic success.

Special Technology Instructions:  

Participants will need access to an internet device and a non-school, personal Google account. SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop. 

Assessment:  

Participants will use the templates and resources provided to set professional goals and develop classroom procedures for the upcoming school year to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning. 

This is session two of six for the workshop series titled “Beginning Teachers: A Guide to Support Your Teaching Journey” 

NOTE: While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on-demand and earn up to six continuing education credits.

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Workshop Description:

When students feel supported, they are more likely to engage in learning and have better academic outcomes. Join Dr. Samantha Fecich as he shares strategies to help beginning teachers connect with students during the first weeks of school and build upon those relationships throughout the school year. Participants will also have an opportunity to access done-for-you templates and resources that go beyond student interest surveys to develop a plan for connecting with students in ways that are meaningful and genuine. 

Learning Objective: (Same as Series Objective)

  • Discuss the importance of positive teacher-student relationships, connecting with students during the first weeks of school, and building upon those relationships throughout the school year.
  • Explore strategies that go beyond student interest surveys and develop a plan for connecting with students in ways that are meaningful and genuine.

Special Technology Instructions:  

Participants will need access to an internet device and a non-school, personal Google account. SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop. 

Assessment:  

Participants will use the templates and resources provided to develop a plan to connect with students for the upcoming school year to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning. 

This is session three of six for the workshop series titled “Beginning Teachers: A Guide to Support Your Teaching Journey” 

NOTE: While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on-demand and earn up to six continuing education credits.

Now Available On-Demand:

Check it out!

Workshop Description: 

Effective classroom management plays an essential role in establishing a positive classroom community where students can learn, grow, and achieve. Join Dr. Samantha Fecich as she shares strategies to help beginning teachers explore their classroom management style and integrate technology that will help track, monitor, and engage students in their learning. Participants will also have an opportunity to access done-for-you templates and resources to design their own classroom management plan that will maximize classroom instruction, student behavior, and academic performance.   

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss the importance of effective classroom management and the role it plays in establishing a positive classroom community.  
  • Explore ways to integrate technology to help track, monitor, and engage students in their learning. 
  • Design a classroom management plan that will maximize classroom instruction, student behavior, and academic performance 

Special Technology Instructions:  

Participants will need access to an internet device and a non-school, personal Google account. SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop. 

Assessment:  

Participants will use the templates and resources provided to design a classroom management plan for the upcoming school year to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning. 

This is session four of six for the workshop series titled “Beginning Teachers: A Guide to Support Your Teaching Journey” 

NOTE: While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on-demand and earn up to six continuing education credits.

Now Available On-Demand:

Check it out!

Workshop Description: 

Assessment plays a key role in the process of learning by enabling instructors to measure the effectiveness of their teaching by linking student performance to specific learning objectives. Join Dr. Samantha Fecich as she shares strategies to help beginning teachers design assessments and integrate technology to motivate students and give them more control over their learning. Participants will also have an opportunity to access done-for-you templates and resources to design an assessment plan that will identify what students learned, how well they learned it, and where they struggled. 

Learning Objectives:
 

  • Evaluate different types of assessments and explain the importance of aligning instruction, learning objectives, and assessment.
  • Explore ways to incorporate technology into an assessment that will motivate students and give them more control over their learning.
  • Utilize a technology tool to design an assessment to determine what students learned, how well they learned it, and where they struggled.

Special Technology Instructions:  

Participants will need access to an internet device and a non-school, personal Google account. SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop. 

Assessment:  

Participants will use the templates and resources provided to design a classroom management plan for the upcoming school year to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning. 

This is session five of six for the workshop series titled “Beginning Teachers: A Guide to Support Your Teaching Journey” 

NOTE: While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on-demand and earn up to six continuing education credits.

Now Available On-Demand:

Check it out!

Workshop Description: 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an instructional approach where learning experiences are pro-actively designed with options that are accessible for every learner, while Differentiated Instruction (DI) is a responsive practice where adjustments are made based on the individual needs of the students. Join Dr. Samantha Fecich as she shares strategies to help beginning teachers integrate technology and UDL to differentiate instruction, including best practices for monitoring student progress data to make instructional decisions. Participants will also have an opportunity to access done-for-you templates and resources to design a content-specific lesson, or assignment that meets the needs of all learners.

Learning Objectives:
 

  • Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between Universal Design for Learning and Differentiated Instruction.
  • Discover how to use technology and UDL to differentiate instruction including best practices for monitoring student progress data to make instructional decisions.
  • Utilize technology to design a content-specific lesson or assignment that applies the principals of UDL and DI to meet the needs of all learners.

 

Special Technology Instructions:  

Participants will need access to an internet device and a non-school, personal Google account. SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop. 

Assessment:  

Participants will use the templates and resources provided to design a classroom management plan for the upcoming school year to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning. 

This is session six of six for the workshop series titled “Beginning Teachers: A Guide to Support Your Teaching Journey” 

NOTE: While we recommend that you attend all sessions of the workshop series to meet the learning objectives, each workshop can be attended as a standalone. Full members will also have access to view the recordings on-demand and earn up to six continuing education credits.

Now Available On-Demand:

Check it out!

Workshop Description: 

When educators come together to share information, resources, ideas, and expertise, learning becomes more accessible and effective for students. Join Dr. Samantha Fecich as she shares strategies to help beginning teachers establish a Personalized Learning Network (PLN) at their school as well tips and tricks for utilizing social media to connect with like-minded professionals from around the world. Participants will also have an opportunity to access done-for-you templates and resources to develop their own PLN and create a network of people and resources to support their ongoing learning.

Learning Objectives:
 

  • Explain how becoming a connected educator makes learning more accessible and effective for students.
  • Discover a variety of strategies to help educators establish a Personalized Learning Network at school.
  • Utilize social media to develop a PLN and create a network of people and resources from around the world that support ongoing learning.

Special Technology Instructions:  

Participants will need access to an internet device and a non-school, personal Google account. SimpleK12’s Google Classroom will be utilized for the interactive and hands-on components of this workshop. 

Assessment:  

Participants will use the templates and resources provided to design a classroom management plan for the upcoming school year to demonstrate their understanding of the workshop objectives and reflect on their learning. 

Who Should Attend?

Elementary Educators (K-5), Middle Grades Educators (6-8), High School Educators (9-12), Special Education Teachers 

Meet the Presenter

Dr. Samantha Fecich teaches preservice teachers (future teachers) at Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. She has the honor and the pleasure of working with them in their courses related to educational technology and special education. Samantha enjoys impacting students that she will never get to meet through the work of her preservice educators. Samantha is also the author of two books designed to support the new and future educator; EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers, which gives teachers a road map to become an educator of excellence during their college career, and EduMagic Shine On: A Guide for New Teachers, which is designed to help a beginning teacher thrive during their first year of teaching. In addition, Samantha is also the host of the EduMagic Podcast, which is designed with new teachers in mind. This podcast shines a light on the work of future teachers. It is a lot of fun!

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Things to Know

Live Attendance

In order to receive credit for attendance and CEUs for each individual workshop, you must be a member and be in attendance and participating throughout the whole 60-minutes. Members who are in attendance and complete all required aspects of the workshop will see their completion status reflected on their Certificate of Attendance and CEUs applied to their profile on their Teacher Learning Community profile, typically within 48 hours of completion.

On-Demand

  • Members can access any workshops they may have missed on-demand. Recordings of the workshops are typically available within 3 days following the live workshop.
  • Non-members will need to pay for each individual workshop they would like to watch. *CEUs and Certificate of Completion are not provided for non-members.

CREDITS

  • 1 CEU learning hour is provided for each workshop you attend.

Anyone! If you find a workshop that appeals to you, you are welcome to join us.

Live workshops are 60-minutes in duration. Attendees will have access to the ‘workroom' following the workshop so they can continue collaborating with peers. Additionally, the trainer is available for 24 hours following the workshop to help coach.

While it's recommended you attend every workshop of a series to make sure you are achieving all learning outcomes, each workshop can be viewed as a stand-alone.

  • Workshops will be available on-demand in the Teacher Learning Community for UpTeach members, typically within 3-5 days after the workshop has ended. NOTE: Non-members will need to pay to access the on-demand workshop.
  • UpTeach members will also have access to the associated classroom to view the participant discussion stream and access any resources supplied. NOTE: Access to the trainer is only available during the actual workshop.

We host at least one virtual workshop per week throughout the year, with the exception of holiday weeks. Times for workshops vary due to many of our trainers being educators and school consultants themselves. This means that typically workshops are held after school hours ET.

We are excited to say that workshops are now included with Premium member subscriptions and district memberships.

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*The links to purchase individual workshops are available under the workshop descriptions.

  1. Internet access.
  2. Access to GoToWebinar. Whether you use the download app or an internet browser, trainers present direct instruction and communicate throughout the training via GoToWebinar.
  3. Access to Google Classrooms. Please make sure you are in a setting where you will have access to Google Classrooms. NOTE: Some school firewalls will not allow you to access Google Classrooms from your classroom. In these cases, you may need to be in your home to participate. Additionally, if your school email address is already associated with Google Classrooms, you will need to use a different personal email address to join so that you are not locked out of the training. Again, due to school privacy restrictions on some school email addresses.

Yes! If you have access to dual monitors, this is ideal. With this type of setup, you will be able to keep GoToWebinar open on one screen, and Google Classrooms open on another.

If you do not have access to a dual monitor setup, no worries! You will just need to make sure you can ‘toggle/switch' between the two.