Best class I have taken online! LOVED IT and will be able to use all the ideas. Thanks!"
Excellent coverage of relevant topics for new teachers. I will refer to the material often. Great internet resources, also."
I brought several of the lesson assignments with me as I interviewed for teaching positions. I was organized and focused because of this course. Your last section on interviews also helped me to understand the interview process better. Next time I try for a job, I will refer back to that section! This course was very helpful!"
I have enjoyed this course even though I've been teaching for several years. I wish it had been offered at the beginning of my career. Thank you for sharing your expertise and insights!"
I used this course to assist me as a mentor for new teachers in our district. It was helpful."
I've been home for the last 9 years raising my children. It was a great refresher course. I feel I will be able to slide back into teaching feeling very confident. I loved the class and learned some new information that I will gladly use when I return to the classroom."
This course is highly recommended for prospective teachers. I enjoyed the contents of the lesson. I felt as if I was really in a classroom."
This was a great course. Full of vital information that is useful to me NOW. I appreciate the effort this instructor puts into her lessons and her classes."
This was a great 'nuts & bolts' course for teachers. I am transitioning into teaching and this helped me to better focus on the day to day issues that teachers encounter in the classroom. Great course! Kudos."
Course Code: skt
Learn to draw on your inspiration as you face the academic (and not so academic) challenges ahead. Then, examine how color theory, desk arrangement, and bulletin boards can stimulate your students visually. You will discover the best ways to bring that touch of home and warmth to your classroom.
Discover the differences between full and condensed sets of lesson plans, and you'll learn how to build student engagement with a strong anticipatory set. Then, learn how to use interest centers, cubing, and tiering as easy tools for differentiating instruction in your classroom.
Explore common special needs, IEPs, and smart ways to incorporate diverse learning objectives into your teaching routine. Then, learn a variety of time-saving tips on rules, routines, and organization that will help you add order to your classroom.
Learn tactics to win students, engage parents, and impress the school as you set an example as a strong communicator. Then, discover how to use your communication skills to bridge conflict and turn classroom problems into teaching opportunities.
Discover the power of rubrics, tests that account for a wide range of student diversity, and creative assignments that bring out the best in all your learners. Then, learn how to plan and pull off milestone events like back-to-school night, parent-teacher conferences, and field trips into the community.
Examine how to build balance in your life so that the job will never overwhelm you. You will learn classroom strategies to make your life less hectic and discover the best ways to keep stress at bay. Finally, discover what school administrators are looking for and how to wow them with your creativity.
As an educator who has worked with students as young as four and as old as 12, Tracey Birch started practicing Differentiated Instruction before the term was coined. After completing a master's degree in education, Birch taught in varied school settings, from private to public schools and across multiple grades. She currently serves as the Middle School Lead Teacher at a public junior high school.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.