Understanding the variety of disorders and diagnoses found within the student population is very confusing. Most educators are trained to understand basic behavioral approaches, but little about “mental health” issues. Today, our schools are filled with students who show characteristics of many complex disorders and educators are asked to effectively work with these children. The Harvard Medical Center has found that between 3% and 10% of girls and boys, prior to the age of 18, exhibit serious behavioral issues that fall within the Conduct Disorder range. Another study shows that 3% to 5% of our school age children suffer from serious behavioral/emotional disorders. This class will simplify and explain many common disorders as well as intervention approaches.
Participants will learn about a myriad of disorders, signs and recognition aspects as well as effective strategies for helping children to be successful within our school settings. Topics such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Attachment Disorders, and Self Injurious Behaviors will be explored. Definitions, explanations, and educational interventions will be discussed.
This is a course designed for all educators working within the school setting, Preschool through High School.
We advise you to review and download a summary of the course syllabus
Once you register, log onto the instructorʼs website at www.michaelsedler.com. Click on Classes, then scroll down and click on Mental Health Issues manual. The manual will download as a PDF file to your computer.
Support kindness, respect for others, an attitude for service and a variety of other positive character traits by learning how to incorporate the literature and themes found in Dr. Seuss books, one of the most beloved of children's authors.
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).