This course is based on reading and responding to the top-rated and inspiring resource book How to Teach so Students Remember by Marilee Sprenger, published by The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) in 2005. (Ordering information is listed at the end of the syllabus.) Learn teaching strategies that give students the best possible chance to form meaning and remember things that are important academically. The book is one of the best written how-to books, revealing seven interesting strategies and giving recent research validating each. There is a lively introduction with an overview of the whole book, and a hint at the great strategies that would lie ahead. The appendices at the end of the book give a Brain Briefing and a rich and varied catalog of interesting graphic advanced organizers.
The author, Marilee Sprenger, has the excellent combination of teaching experience and a keen grasp of the research that clarifies best practice in the real world of accountability that students are facing in high-stakes tests. She has already written three other successful teaching books, including Becoming A Wiz at Brain-based Teaching, published by Corwin Press.
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Climate change poses the single largest, global threat to life on Earth, and yet the United States and our schools lag far behind the international community in educating and acting responsibly to mitigate the causes and effects of a warming planet. This online course for grades 3-7 teachers uses excellent platforms developed by NASA and the EPA to educate about the science of climate change in kid-friendly, interdisciplinary ways. Youthful graphics, games, lesson samples that cut across science, social studies and math, virtual expeditions to places where climate change is visible, CO2 footprint calculators and more make this a rich learning environment from which grades 3-7 teachers will develop their own units and themes—whether that’s oceans, birds, butterflies, fish, trees, fresh water supplies. Many of your common science units can be modified with a climate change perspective (ie ocean life, plants and animals).