📌 You could walk into your classroom every day feeling confident?
📌 You could stand in front of your students thinking, "I GOT THIS!"
📌 You had a classroom full of engaged students eagerly working on your assignments?
📌 Your class was a positive learning environment where every student respected each other?
📌 Your students had more looks of AHA! than WHAT?
😔 No matter how much you plan, your students still struggle.
😣 You're trying to do everything, and are overwhelmed.
🙄 You're spending evenings and weekends grading and planning lessons.
😧 Family and friends wonder if you even exist.
🤔 You're wondering if you chose the right profession.
😒 It seems like nobody in your school likes you, and you feel alone.
😡 You're constantly asking yourself - why didn't they teach me about this in school?!?!
📌 You could attend PLC or department meetings feeling like you contributed something positive and useful
📌 Your students' parents supported and applauded your work
📌 Your colleagues worked together with you as a team
📌 Your principal gave you a positive evaluation
📌 You could go home and spend no more than an hour on school work
📌 You had your weekends to relax and reset for the following week
📌 You looked forward to going to school EVERY DAY
"Kim has guided me throughout the beginning teacher process, given me sage advice, and has helped navigate the day to day process of teaching in general. She is always willing to reach out whenever I need help.
I felt that Kim was the most influential with my overall confidence by sharing her 16-year tenured wisdom. As a new teacher, I often lack the confidence in my lessons and/or approach to new situations that are continually being presented.
Teachers often joke and say that students smell fear and lack of confidence. There is a hint of truth in that: students will try to get away will test teachers. Being confident while teaching (I believe) is a key ingredient to a successful classroom. It is because of Kim’s help that I have made progress to make that possible." -David
Reflection and action
During this six-week workshop, we’ll reflect on the previous school year and focus on setting concrete plans for the upcoming year.
This will be a chance to research new ways of running our classrooms, see how they fit into our current teaching philosophy and style, and fine-tune them.
If this is your first year teaching, then this will be an ideal time to lay out the systems you want to test.
The core of our work will be done in weekly group coaching calls and online coworking spaces.
Each week we’ll discuss a different aspect of teaching, and we’ll examine our own practices to find areas of improvement.
There will also be opportunities for us to work online together on our own materials. While this is optional, it gives us a chance to set aside designated time to get the work done while also bouncing ideas off of each other.
It’s truly challenging to stay motivated, especially during the summer. This is why we set our intention by being in the workshop together.
Having the ability to hold each other accountable is powerful, especially when there’s also built-in support.
The workshop is not intended to be a full-time endeavor, which means that we focus on maximizing the time that we do allot for the workshop!
My name is Kim Lepre, and I've been an educator for 16 years. I've been a Beginning Teacher Mentor for the past five years and have given numerous technology and standards-based trainings throughout my district. I'm thrilled to share my knowledge with you!
During my career, I've taught band, choir, AVID, Study Skills, and all levels of English Language Arts (ELA), including special education, English Learners, accelerated, and students with disabilities with a coteacher. I'm currently the ELA department head at my school and an Induction mentor to beginning teachers, and have also served as an ELA Curriculum and Educational Technology Specialist. I have a Leading Edge Blended Learning certificate and am a Level 2 Google Certified Educator.
"Kim has worked tirelessly with me through this whole process as a new teacher. Each week we take time to talk about how things are going in my classroom, and she gives me strategies to implement based off of the topics of concern I have.
I appreciate her knowledge and expertise in teaching. She has guided me through classroom management issues as well as providing me with valuable resources to use in my classroom such as activities for various units. We also discuss whether or not certain lessons were successful, and why.
She knows just what to do and say to guide me through this whole process, and she does it in an upbeat and fun way that makes me feel like I just might make it through all of this in my first semester of teaching!" -Alex
Didn't I already learn this in college?
Did you? Or did you just cover it? I'm sure you've realized by now that much of what you learned in college - even in your teacher preparation courses - doesn't apply in real life.
How do I know if this workshop is right for me?
If you're a newer teacher and you're struggling in ANY way, then this course is right for you. The first few years of teaching are hard and frustrating, but with proper guidance and support, you will succeed and gain confidence in your teaching.
How is this different from reading books or going on other Facebook groups?
As a new teacher, you're strapped for time, and you're barely keeping your head above the water. Do you really have time to grade those assignments, plan lessons, answer emails, complete paper, AND read books on how to be a better teacher?
Wouldn't it be easier if someone just TOLD you what to focus on instead of trying to figure it out on your own?
While those Facebook groups can be helpful in many ways, you've probably found so many different opinions, and unfortunately so many negative and burnt out teachers that have nothing positive or helpful to say.
As a new teacher, you need someone who will bring you up and not let you down. You need a mentor to teach you how to be better while staying true to who you are!
Couldn't I just try to do this alone and promise myself that THIS is the summer I’ll get ahead on my planning?
But without collaboration and accountability, it’s easy to get distracted. This year could end up being like all of the others - filled with good intention but no action!
Do I really need to pay to plan?
The level of collaboration and accountability make this worth far more than $59. Just think of how much other professional development courses and workshops cost, and you often only use a fraction of what you've learned!
Using this time to plan will guarantee that you'll meet your summer planning goals!
The support you offer is a lot like what I received in my teaching courses...
I completely understand, but remember that now that you've graduated and have a teaching job, you're mostly on your own.
You may have a mentor assigned to you, and they may or may not be willing to give you the support that you need to succeed your first few years.
But if that was the case, you probably wouldn't have been looking for this course.
Do you offer refunds?
YES! I stand by my work and my ability to help you.
You have 7 days from our first group coaching call to decide if this workshop is right for you. If it's not, simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll issue you a refund - NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
I don't want to give up my summer, and gosh darn it I'M TIRED!
Together, we can work SMARTER, not HARDER! The workshop is NOT meant to take over your summer!
But I'm traveling this summer...
Good for you! You SHOULD get away this summer!
Luckily our site is mobile, so you can access the materials wherever you are! Plus you can get caught up on planning when you return!
If you want to stay current with our group coaching calls, you can easily join from either your phone or a computer!
1️⃣ Decide NOT to do the workshop, and continue with your feelings of overwhelm and despair.
You may make it through as a teacher, but as you know, statistics show that an alarming number of teachers quit within the first few years of teaching if they DON'T have proper support and mentoring.
2️⃣ Decide to sign up for the workshop, and know that you'll be able to grow as a teacher without losing your mind and all of your time.
You've spent all of that time and MONEY to get your teaching credential, and dammit, you're going to make it worth it while making a difference in so many students' lives!