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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Are you planning to attend at least one Academic Camp or Professional Development Workshop this year? This course is for you. Its open to teachers Nation Wide attending ANY Academic Camp or Professional Development Workshops related to your professional assignment. You can attend these sessions and earn 3 University Continuing Education Quarter Credits or 30 Washington Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. Attending more than one event during the year? Then contact the instructor.
The key to student success is not how well they perform on standardized tests or their ranking in school, but their ability to work hard, struggle, and persevere until they accomplish a task. Learn how to instill grit in your K-12 students through relationship building, challenging tasks and active reflection. Students should perceive mistakes as an opportunity to grow. When taught in the classroom research suggests grit may have an impact key to long term success and happiness
Every teacher sees students who love to show what they know by speaking, but struggle to produce the same result in writing. The best way to engage these less confident grade 4-12 writers is to give them something powerful to think about. You will develop a means to focus student thinking, fuel deeper learning, and build complex understanding in English, social studies, math, and science. Plus strategies that support young writers to unlock their writing skills. Text about $25 at Amazon.
Research shows that children benefit by encountering math concepts in their reading. Pre-K to 3rd grade teachers will be guided in how to use childrens books to teach math concepts. Easily modified to fit any K-3 language or math program. You will use books that are already in your classrooms as well as other easy to locate books from your local or school library.
Broaden your use of instructional tools through your virtual classroom—Google Classroom. Google Classroom works by letting teachers create assignments, make announcements, and start class discussions with students. Google Classroom saves time, keeps classes organized, and improves communication with students. Teachers can attach documents from Google Drive, share videos, or send links to websites; they can set due dates for assignments and do assignment grading. Class announcements and discussions allow for direct communication in real-time so teachers can pose questions, or share anything else that is important to the class without waiting for the next class period.
This course will help teachers K-12 learn how to use Google Classroom to improve instruction and student engagement. Teachers in this course will create their own Google Classroom and implement one or more lessons with students. Collaboration with other teachers is also possible.
Learn how to use drama techniques to make everyday classroom lessons come to life. Drama Games give teachers a new educational tool for any subject by using improvisational theatre concepts as an active form of learning.