Instruction Skills

BUILDING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
(Course ID: WORK REL1)
Good relationships need to be created and cultivated. A successful relationship requires knowing yourself and having the desire to get to know others. Healthy relationships are not the result of changing people so. that we are all alike, but rather appreciating differences. Communication and conflict resolution are key elements of positive relationships. This session on building positive relationships will allow participants to learn the importance of communicating clearly and to interact with others positively. It will provide practical tools for managing expectations. Participants will get information on how to build relationships focused on mutual understanding and appreciation of differences.

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CREATING THE INCLUSIVE CLASSROOM: STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
(Course ID: WORK TCH3)
In this professional development course for teachers, you'll get the training you need to reach the diverse mix of students you face every day—learning proven strategies that turn diversity into opportunity. With a mix of students who have learning disabilities, neurobiological disorders, and physical challenges, the modern classroom requires an efficient and effective teacher who can prioritize under tight deadlines and be creative on demand. Over the next six weeks, you'll learn how to be the kind of super teacher who can guide every student toward academic success. And do you know what the best part is? You don't have to tear your hair out in order to adapt each lesson so that it makes sense for all your students!

We'll start our journey by talking about how students with special needs became a part of the mainstream. Then we'll discuss the inclusive classroom as a home for these students, exploring how all our kids can benefit from an adaptive learning environment. We'll examine how each child learns and what you can do to help him or her develop new strengths. You'll gain a deeper understanding about building collaborative partnerships with the special educator and classroom aides.

Over the course of 12 lessons, you'll discover creative, low-budget strategies for turning your inclusive classroom into a nurturing, supportive learning environment that helps every student. If you're looking for the right way to get all your students excited about coming to school, this is the course for you!

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THE DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION & RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION CONNECTION
(Course ID: WORK TCH4)
Today's teachers are using two powerful approaches—Differentiated Instruction (DI) and Response to Intervention (RTI)—to help every child succeed academically. In this course, you'll learn how to put this “dynamic duo” to work in your own classroom teaching and lesson plans.

Case studies and examples will help you see how DI and RTI strategies work in the real world and you'll get lots of ideas for hands-on activities you can start using right away in your own classroom. Throughout this course, you'll have opportunities to practice new techniques and exchange ideas with fellow educators and your instructor. You'll come away armed with powerful and easy-to-implement strategies that will benefit every student you teach (www.ed2go.com).

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MAKING CONNECTIONS: PRINCIPLES TO PRACTICE
(Course ID: WORK ECE1)
An educational opportunity designed to engage the early childhood care and education workforce in critical thinking exercises relevant to current issues and identified best practices in the field. Each week, participants explore one of seven basic principles related to effective practices in early childhood. Learning opportunities will encourage participants to analyze current work practices and apply new-found concepts in the work setting, as framed by their program's curriculum and the principles explored in class. Participants will be guided in their efforts to analyze, practice and share results of lessons-learned through this face-to-face learning format, further supported by on-line discussion boards and resources.

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PRAXIS I PREPARATION
(Course ID: WORK PRA1)
Are you a prospective teacher who needs to pass the Praxis I Exam? Have you already attempted the Praxis I and not been successful? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this course is for you! You'll develop all the skills you need for the test as we review and prepare for everything it includes.

You'll get familiar with the different types of questions that appear on the Reading and Writing tests. You'll master the many areas of math that you'll be tested on: number operations, negative numbers, exponents, square roots, order of operations, decimals, fractions, percentages, algebra, geometry, data analysis, graphs, probability, and measurements. To prepare for the essay, we'll discuss what constitutes a high scoring one. We'll also go through the process of writing an essay in the amount of time allotted.

You'll learn useful test-taking strategies and get plenty of practice questions that are similar to what you'll find on the exam. You'll also have the opportunity to take a full-length practice test in each subject area. Using clear explanations, numerous examples, and graphics and animation, this course will not only prepare you for the Praxis I, but do so in a way that's fun and interesting. After completing this course, you'll be totally ready to pass the Praxis I Exam!

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