In our fast-paced world, people are constantly bombarded with information. How do we know what to believe and what to disregard? For this reason, we need to teach our students how to decipher what information is critical and what isn’t. This course will build your capacity to teach students this important skill and provide you with activities and resources to support this element.
Of course we all want our students to look back and think, "Wow, I learned so much during that lesson. Now I understand..." But self-reflection isn't an innate ability. In our rush-rush world, students often think they are just learning for a test and then moving right along. This course will develop your understanding of the importance of student reflection, as well as provide activities and resources for effectively implementing student reflection in the classroom.
Taking time to review previously taught content and giving students time to practice new skills in crucial to developing deep understanding. It is also a critical piece to developing knowledge retention. This course will focus on ways to review content for the purpose of practicing and deepening knowledge and building enduring understandings.
We can’t expect our students to spit out information like computers but there are certain skills and knowledge that require a level of automaticity. In order to achieve this, we need to provide opportunities for practice of skills, strategies and processes so that they become second nature. This course will focus on strategies and activities to provide such opportunities for our students.
Despite all your planning and best efforts, do you ever look out at your class and notice, the students just aren’t engaged? What do you do? This course will provide you with information on choosing specific resources and creating activities to captivate students' attention and get them engaged in the content we are presenting.
Just because your students are looking at you, doesn’t mean they are engaged. But delivering information and then calling on students to answer questions doesn't provide a complete picture of student learning and engagement. This course will teach you how managing response rates will boost engagement in your classroom.
Think about the last time you chose a professional development training or course to take. Did you choose a training that sounded relevant to what you wanted to learn about? Or did you see something you thought was totally boring and select that instead? Connecting content to students' interests and backgrounds is a key component to whole class engagement. This course will focus on strategies to build understanding of students' interests and backgrounds.
Set the bar high! Students want to meet and surpass our expectations. In order for them to do that, we need to raise the bar. This course will focus on ways to get all of your students striving to be their very best.
What are the characteristics of highly effective schools and classrooms? In this practical course, you will learn five important practices that make a huge impact on student achievement. This research based program was designed by top educational experts, Robert Marzano, Richard Strong and Harvey Silver and includes excerpts from their live workshop called "The Thoughtful Classroom."
Examine pre-conferences, classroom lessons, artifacts, classroom photographs and post-conferences as you practice gathering evidence. These comprehensive videos also allow administrators to critique principal-teacher conferences and gather ideas for communicating effectively with teachers. Real examples are provided with engaging discussion board activities that allow you to compare your observations with colleagues.