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Do you need ways to make your science lessons more fun? This online course is designed for educators interested in learning a variety of ways to enhance their science instruction through active, hands-on experiences. Teachers gain a variety of ideas for conducting hands-on experiments, establishing science learning stations, integrating science with other content areas, and using technology to enhance science instruction.
Are you looking for the best practices for creating and managing a successful primary classroom? This course covers strategies for implementing the new Common Core State Standards, while managing time so that all content is covered. Behavioral issues and overall classroom management techniques are addressed in detail. This course also provides successful strategies for gaining students’ attention and interest, and truly engaging them in lessons. Mainstreaming English language learners and students with special needs is also covered in depth.
Do you need help managing your4th-6th grade classroom? This online course provides teachers with the best practices for developing and managing a successful 4th-6th grade classroom. This course covers strategies for implementing the Common Core State Standards, while managing time so that all content is covered. Behavioral issues common in grades four through six are covered along with overall classroom management techniques. This course also provides successful strategies for gaining students’ attention and interest, and truly engaging them in lessons.
Do you need help managing your middle school classroom? This online course provides teachers with the best practices for developing and managing a successful junior high or middle school classroom. This course covers strategies for implementing the Common Core State Standards, while managing time so that all content is covered. Behavioral issues common in grades six through eight are covered along with overall classroom management techniques. This course also provides successful strategies for gaining students’ attention and interest, and truly engaging them in lessons.
Are you a high school teacher interested in improving instructional strategies and classroom management? This online course provides opportunities for teachers to learn strategies for improving differentiation in their instruction by scaffolding for a variety of learning abilities including gifted students, English language learners, and special needs students. Additionally, the course provides solutions for common obstacles at the high school level, including engagement strategies and time management. Throughout the course, teachers will find resources to use in the classroom, some for student management and others for instructional purposes. Teachers will also learn a variety of strategies for using technology to improve student learning and performance.
Are you struggling with the behavioral challenges of your special education students? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-2 who want to learn how to incorporate behavior interventions for special education students who have been diagnosed with disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, emotional and behavioral disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Information on behavior management is shared with specific focus on a tiered system of behavioral support, implementing IEPs, functional behavior analysis, and behavior intervention plans. Specific strategies are introduced to help teachers support special education students who struggle behaviorally.
Are you struggling with how to meet the needs of the varied ability levels of your students? This online course helps teachers effectively analyze the learning styles and readiness of students and effectively develop a differentiated curriculum to meet the needs of a diverse population. You will gain a clear understanding of strategies appropriate for multilingual, special education, and academically diverse classrooms and understand how to adjust your lessons to accommodate the different needs and learning styles of your students.
Are you a new teacher who needs some tried and true strategies and tips? This online course is specifically designed for teachers in their first few years of teaching. Topics addressed include engaging curriculum ideas, Common Core State Standards, writing quality lesson plans, assessment techniques, themes and literature ideas, management techniques, and discipline strategies.
Are you searching for ways to help your students achieve success in your classroom? This online course helps you become a highly effective teacher. Topics addressed in this course include engaging curriculum ideas, writing quality lesson plans (with clear objectives that address key standards), assessment techniques (including authentic assessment such as rubrics and portfolios as well as standardized tests), themes and literature ideas, management techniques, discipline strategies (rewards and consequences), ELD techniques, and, of course, technology integration.
Do you need strategies to help your students prepare for high-stakes testing? This online course helps you understand concepts related to standardized testing. In addition, it will help you work with students on test preparation and test taking skills. Teachers learn how to develop instructional strategies that help students as they aim for success in testing situations. Emphasis is on testing theory, helping students learn how to prepare for tests including the new Common Core assessments, and strategies that students can utilize while taking a test.
Are you looking for fun ways to engage your emergent or early readers and writers? This online course addresses emergent literacy skills for grades PreK-3. The instructional strategies focus on early reading and writing strategies for teachers to incorporate into their curriculum, the connection to oral language, the development of reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Assessment strategies and techniques will be thoroughly discussed. Strategies for working with struggling readers are also included.
Do you have English Language Learners in your classroom? This online course will teach you how to use the into/through/beyond approach which is a proven effective model for working with ELLs. Attention will be given to ELD and SDAIE strategies such as scaffolding, schema building, and reformatting text. Both formal and informal assessment methods will also be shared.
Is spelling the most boring subject you teach? This online course is designed for educators interested in learning a variety of ways to teach essential spelling skills to their students. Spelling is an essential and complex skill and an important component of the overall language arts curriculum. Instead of looking at spelling as a memorization process, spelling should be thought of as a building block of literacy development. Teachers will learn a variety of proven ways to increase students’ spelling skills using interactive, developmental, and fun activities!
Do you find yourself struggling for ways to better assist your English language learners? This online course is designed for teachers in grades K-6 who want to build a solid foundation in best practices for their ELLs while still keeping true to the Common Core State Standards. Information on ENL best practices is shared as well as specific strategies for incorporating them into the teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening, mathematics, science, and social studies. Teachers will gain a solid understanding of the various ESL models and how to grow their ELL students’ vocabularies and comprehension by setting goals, using their home language and culture, and communicating with caregivers.
Are you ready to administer the new Common Core assessments in your classroom? This online course helps teachers understand the impact of the Common Core Assessments and how they influence teaching strategies, curriculum design, and non-summative assessment methods. The course also provides detailed information on important shifts from standardized testing to the new assessments that impact the way lessons are developed and taught. Teachers also gain important strategies for helping students prepare for the Common Core Assessments, including study and test-taking tips. A multitude of resources, including sample test items, are included as well to ensure the teacher has the tools and information necessary to prepare for the Common Core Assessments.
Are you struggling to provide content lessons to your English language learners? This online course provides teachers with a variety of SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English) strategies that can be used across content areas and grade levels. These SDAIE practices are the "scaffolds" that enable English language learners to access grade-level curriculum while simultaneously developing academic language.
Do you have students who just won't behave? Do you notice a lack of manners and respect? In this online course, teachers learn the six building blocks of character and how to explore them with students through discussions, activities, and projects. You will learn how to teach students to make the right choices in problem situations and help build their awareness of accountability for their actions.
Do you need strategies to help your struggling readers? This online course is designed for teachers who are beginning to implement Response to Intervention (RTI) in reading. The course content is based on current best-practices research. Topics addressed in the course include an overview of RTI, using multiple and varied assessments, the big 5 ideas in reading, and interventions for struggling readers.
Do your students need study skills training to help them become better students and test takers? This online course provides techniques, ideas, and resources for helping students to develop their study skills such as the use of mnemonics, time management and note-taking skills, and the ability to establish a good study environment. With the use of visual aids, innovative strategies, and helpful worksheets, teachers will be able to develop their students’ study skills and help take the fear out of test-taking.
Does your classroom population include students with special needs? This online course helps teachers learn how to address students with special needs in the general classroom. The course provides information about teacher involvement in the special education process in terms of assessment, intervention, and collaboration. The most prevalent disabilities are covered in addition to students with other special needs such as ELLs, at-risk, and gifted students. Each special need is defined and Intervention strategies are provided to help teachers accommodate students with special needs in an inclusive classroom.