It’s harder than ever to know where the truth can be found today in public media. Since the 2016 presidential election in the United States, both the political as well as social polarization in America has sunk to new lows. While this reflects historic social, political and ideational differences, the widening gulf in media reporting, including fake news, is a main contributor to the breakdown in finding the “truth” as bias pushes narratives on different sides further apart, each side claiming fact-based truth. Common ground and bipartisanship is all but lost. In this course for secondary teachers we will explore fake news and bias in all media platforms and its effects on public attitudes and actions. Participants will develop the tools, skills, and strategies to help students be able to break through the barriers of disinformation to find the truth within the agendas being pushed by governmental, and outside powers of influence. Our text, Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News, is $24 on amazon.
Student anxiety is rising at an alarming rate. Starting in kindergarten it continues to rise and progresses through elementary, middle, and the high school years. You can help. Learn to identify the key forms of anxiety: excessive anxiety; occasional anxiety; chronic anxiety disorder. Apply tools and strategies from this course to help K-12 students learn to manage their anxiety and succeed in school. Gain strategies for talking with parents about your concerns. Text is about $32 at Amazon.
In an era of social polarization and political gridlock grade 6-12 students need the skills to respectfully tackle critical, contemporary issues. Finding common ground forms the foundation of citizenship. Educators taking this course will be encouraged to engage their students on a multitude of issues by examining a subject from varying views. The text grapples with conflicting views of unresolved social issues such as gun control, marriage equality, Black Lives Matter, and immigration.
There are many students who appear to lack social understanding, have difficulties with communication and with basic learning skills. The general term of “Autism” is often thrown about and quickly attached to these types of children. What is Autism? What are the causes? ...
Thomas Armstrong's Awakening Genius encourages a renaissance of thinking about the true meaning of children's giftedness. He provides remedies that call for teachers modeling their own joy of learning. The book lists simple genius experiences and activities for the classroom that help counter the often-damaging effects of scripted curriculum, standardized grading and testing, along with other factors that degrade the love of learning.