NO. OF CREDITS:
6 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]
|WA CLOCK HRS:
Every single day we are bombarded with decisions. Do we choose the less enjoyable, better-for-me option or the more pleasurable alternative? Do students chose to turn in homework or do activities of their own choosing? A startling discovery is that willpower is depleted by usage. Some kids’ brains literally run out of willpower and not surprisingly so do adults’. Would you like to be able to help your students do much, much more in the classroom and learn about yourself at the same time? The big question is . . . can you teach this skill? It turns out that the neuroscience behind self-regulation can be taught.
Won’t you join me for this exciting class so you can find out how! This class will engage and excite you while you learn the science behind self-control. Through practical activities and dynamic reading, you will be able to make the connections between quality of life and willpower.
Appropriate for all K-12 teachers, coaches, and parents. Sign up today to transform ordinary students into students with a passion for learning and transform your personal ability to stretch your own willpower.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.
CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.
AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
McDonigal, Kelly. The Willpower Instinct. How Self-Control Works, Why it Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More Out of It. 2012.New York, NY: Avery Books. ISBN: 9978-1-68333-4386
Text, The Willpower Instinct. How Self-Control Works, Why it Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More Out of It, is approximately $15 from Amazon.com.
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignment #1: Introduction.
Assignment #2: What Willpower Is & Why It Matters.
Assignment #3: Brain & Body on Willpower.
Assignment #4: How to Train the Willpower.
Assignment #5: Permission to be Bad.
Assignment #6: How the Brain Deceives Us.
Assignment #7: Power of Rewards, Cravings, Failure & Stress.
Assignment #8: Instant Gratification.
Assignment #9: Willpower is Contagious.
Assignment #10: Things You Don’t Want to Read About.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you are not teaching in a classroom, please contact the instructor for course modifications. If you are a classroom teacher and start or need to complete this course during the summer, please try to apply your ideas when possible with youth from your neighborhood, at a local public library or parks department facility, (they will often be glad to sponsor community-based learning), or with students in another teacher’s summer classroom in session.
Assignment #11: Graphic Summary of Willpower.
Assignment #12: Willpower Challenges.
Assignment #13: Case History.
Assignment #14: (500 Level ONLY)
In addition to the 400 level assignments, complete ONE(1) of the following assignment options:
Option A) Create a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation for your staff based on this course and focused on perspectives or strategies you feel would be beneficial for your school. Save this as a PDF.
Send to instructor: email@example.com. Subject line to read: ‘Willpower’ #14-A.
Option B) Mentor another individual in the concepts of this class. Have them share two or three key concepts that they would like to implement within their work or social setting. Share specifics of the plan and how it will be evaluated for success in 3-4 pages.
Send to instructor: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject line to read ‘Willpower’ #14-B.
Option C) Another assignment of your own design with the instructor’s prior approval.
Send to instructor: email@example.com. Subject line to read ‘Willpower’ #14-C.
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #15: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Send to your instructor at their email address. Subject line to read "(put course name here) Integration Paper"
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
Brenda McKinney, CEO of Vancouver, WA based BrainVolution, is a developer and dynamic facilitator of workshops that teach practical thinking and learning tools for raising student achievement with the brain in mind. She has trained educators throughout the Pacific Northwest and is a popular presenter because of her ability to motivate, make things fun, and teach practical techniques for the classroom that can be used immediately. Brenda continues to read hundreds of books and articles on the subject of neuroscience and searches for the answer to success for every student. Her work with at-risk students and those with reading problems have made her a popular speaker at the state, regional and national level.
Brenda is able to synthesize the new research and continues to address the role of how to use the latest findings to create high achievement classroom. She brings 30+ years of experience at the elementary, middle school, high school and university level as a mentor teacher, consultant, motivational speaker, university instructor, and reading specialist. Brenda has her Master’s in Education from Washington State University and is nationally certified in Brain Based Learning through the renowned Jensen Corporation, led by Eric Jensen, a noted international spokesperson for neuroscience and education.
Brenda will inspire and motivate you with her energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. Her wisdom, techniques, and brain based approach to education will inspire you and challenge you to meet the demands of this ever changing world.
WHY WILLPOWER MATTERS: Improve Health, Happiness, & Productivity