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Here’s a video all about the theme for the next five weeks of my blog! Not a video watcher? I recap the content in this post, too. Here’s the link to access the workbook, if you don’t already have access to our resource library.

What’s Inside the Workbook

The workbook is 60+ pages long, so there’s a lot of material covered. It’s divided into five sections, which coincide with the five blog posts and YouTube videos that will go live each consecutive Friday, starting on July 5th.

The Section Themes:

  • Creating Your Course Syllabus
  • Structuring Your Course Schedule
  • Picking or Creating Inclusive Icebreakers
  • Designing Your Major Assignment Sheets
  • Creating a First Week Student Self-Assessment

Plus, a surprise bonus item or two, as well!

Important Note: From July 1st – August 2nd, 2019, this blog is devoted to discussing the process of designing the first week of a college course. While the series tied to the workbook occurs, I’m selling my digital journal course at 40% off. The course includes a 6-sectioned digital notebook with 37 page templates included, along with 9 video tutorials that show you exactly how to customize your journal so you can keep track of all your notes, plans, doodles, and more in the way that works best for you. There’s also a launch bonus of two additional 12-sectioned notebooks, so you can have a digital planner (or two!) alongside your new journal.

Workbook vs. Blog Post vs. YouTube Video Content

In the workbook, I go step-by-step in considering how to create each element of the first week listed above. There’s plenty of blank space included in the workbook for you to brainstorm and draft your content.

In the blog posts, I’ll provide an example or two of each main element (syllabus, course schedule, icebreaker, major assignment sheet, self-assessment). I’ll use content I’ve already had success with in my courses, and will include short, personal notes throughout each post.

In the videos, I focus more on how my materials have been influenced by my students’ feedback on these elements and their performances in my classrooms.

I’ll be answering any questions in the comments sections of the posts and videos. I’d also love to see your own suggestions and advice, if you already have experience with teaching.

I'd love this workbook to help as many new college instructors as possible, especially new grad students who might be worried about teaching for the first time. #gradschool Click To Tweet

When Does the Series Material Go Live?

In the workbook, I have a page with all the blog posts and YT videos linked for easy access. The links won’t work, though, until those posts and videos go live every Friday at 9 AM EDT. By signing up to receive the workbook, you’ll receive an email each Friday with the newest live links, along with an additional personal story of my experiences.

Here’s the exact schedule:

  • July 5th – Syllabus
  • July 12 – Course Schedule
  • July 19 – Icebreakers
  • July 26 – Major Assignment Sheets
  • August 2 – Student Self-Assessment

Important Disclaimer

While the first week of a college class includes a lot of similar material across all institutions, there are also a lot of specific elements from that first week that are dependent on the institution that you teach in. As such, it’s essential that you double-check with someone knowledgable in your particular department, to make sure that you meet any requirements placed on you depending on the courses you will be teaching.

Successful Start Workbook MockUp
Click the image to head over to the workbook download page.

Know Other New College Instructors?

I’d also really appreciate you sharing this blog post with anyone you think would benefit from using the workbook and going through the series. I’d love this workbook to help as many new college instructors as possible, especially new grad students who might be worried about teaching for the first time. You can see social media share buttons at the top and bottom of this post, or you can just share the post url via email or text message.

I’ll see you back here on Friday!

If you’d like to see even more teaching tips and resources before the series begins, check out my teaching resources round-up post.

If you have any questions about the series or workbook, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.

Learn how to design your first week of a college class with this series and free 60+ page workbook. Syllabus, course schedule, icebreakers, major assignment sheets, and student self-assessments are all covered. #education #highered
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