A cooperative approach to working with families is of the utmost importance to educators. Depending upon the approach, the parent(s) can be a tremendous support or an actual stumbling block to education within the school. This class will explore positive ways to enlist the support of even the most "distant" parent. Utilization of home visitation strategies, parent groups, conferences, phone calls and notes will be examined. Specific communication strategies will be explained which are geared to enable educators in facilitating a cooperative atmosphere with parents. At the completion of this course, each person will have a multitude of ideas to use immediately in the school and classroom.
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 Parents: Adversary or Ally? manual. The manual will download as a PDF file to your computer.
Classroom culture is a mysterious mix with no recipe and yet it is the special sauce for a happy curriculum and student learning. Refresh your teaching as you learn more about enhancing a culture of thinking in your pre-K-12 classroom. Review the 8 familiar forces which focus students on learning vs. work and build a supportive matrix with your colleagues while you do it. Text $16 at Amazon.
Inspire great writing from your students with writing workshop tools and techniques that provide structure, content, and increased confidence in your own writing and teaching. In this course you'll join writer and children's author Deb Lund who was already instructing teachers about writing with kids when the text we'll use by Lucy Calkins, The Art of Teaching Writing, was first published in the mid-1980's.
When Lewis and Clark began their journey west in 1804, their most valuable possessions were their journals. Humans may now have explored nearly every inch of our planet, but there is always more to see and describe.
A nature journal is your ticket to a deep exploration of the world around you. A nature journal is a place to record your encounters with the natural world — from the everyday to the sublime.
Make your Language Arts and Social Studies units on 20th century history and WW II come alive by integrating some of the films and period literature which give a presence to this epic period in American and world history. Short readings and films will cover the Pacific and European war fronts, with such film choices as Nuremberg, Bridge over the River Kwai, Saving Private Ryan and many others of your own choosing. Appropriate for grades 4-12.