Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive As a New Teacher, author Todd Whitaker, Madeline Whitaker, and Katherine Whitaker.
Course Basics: The Learning Management System, Schoology, is used to house discussion board conversations and group materials. Book Club is facilitated by Nicole Nowlin, Sixth-grade teacher, Lee's Summit School District and MSTA member.
Participants are responsible for obtaining their own copy of this month's text, Your First Year prior to the beginning of the book study. Click to view the book Your First Year.
Each Friday morning, discussion board questions are posted in the Schoology group. These discussion board questions provide an opportunity for participants to connect, share, and reflect on that week's reading. Participants are expected to allot time each week to visit the discussion board often to encourage and learn from each other. Additionally, participants must comment on the posts of two Other participants.
Virtual live meetings occur Thursday nights at 7:00 pm (CST). These virtual meetings use either Google Meet or Zoom to discuss the learning and application of the reading to our classrooms and students.
Attendance for BTAP participants ONLY: BTAP participants must fully participate in all discussion board sessions in Schoology (typically consists of 3 discussion board prompts, initial response and two comments on peer responses. In addition, BTAP participants are expected to fully participate in all virtual live Thursday meetings (posting in the chat box, participating in breakout sessions, and in the main room session). Recognizing there might be a time when a BTAP participant must miss a Thursday night live meeting each live virtual meeting will be recorded and an alternate reflection assignment will be assigned for the participant to complete. However, BTAP participants are allowed to miss only one (1) Thursday Virtual Live Meeting. Two or more missed virtual meetings (even with completed alternate reflection assignments) will not be counted as a completion of the course for BTAP purposes. BTAP Participants must notify Dr. Layton at email@example.com if missing a Thursday Virtual Live meeting.
PD Certification: At the end of the month, participation hours will be calculated and participants will be emailed a certificate of completion. PD certificates will be emailed to all participants.