This page has everything you need to know to get started with a WordPress account: http://en.support.wordpress.com/getting-started/
All Things WordPress:
If you cannot find something, then feel free to email me for help, but please check their website first.
Some of you may not want your entire blog accessible to the public. In that case, you can create password-protected posts or private pages, though you will have to share those passwords with me and your fellow classmates via email. I encourage you to consider allowing others in, though, as that is the best way to get genuine feedback and make connections.
You can make individual posts private (maybe you want feedback on some posts, but not others).
You can also make the entire blog password-protected. In that case, you can make your blog private and share the password with me. This site will tell you how to do that: http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/privacy-settings/