Course Code: tal
In this first lesson, we’ll look at how you can grow in your job as an adult educator by enhancing your professionalism and managing your time effectively. In addition, we’ll look at ways to boost your confidence and establish your authority in the classroom. Then, look at what makes adult learners tick and how you can best meet their needs. You’ll also learn about seven different seating arrangements and the pros and cons of each.
Explore two different models of learning styles, and take a look at the eight intelligences you’ll want to factor into your lesson plans. Then, learn loads of tricks to get misbehaving students back on track. We’ll also talk about ways to get shy students to participate, and look at an effective conflict management technique.
Learn about a host of innovative techniques, from window paning and role-playing to mnemonics and visualization that work like magic in a student-centered classroom. Then, we’ll look at the up-front work that can set you up for success in the classroom. First, you’ll discover the 12 steps for creating a dynamite course outline. After that, we’ll delve into lesson planning—and finally, we’ll talk about laying the groundwork for a welcoming orientation.
Look at high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech educational aids and technology you can use to capture and keep your students' attention. Then, understand the 10 needs and desires that bring learners to your classroom—and discover how to tap into those motivators during your presentations.
Discuss the A-B-C’s of grading and talk about ways to write top-notch test questions. You’ll also find out how to avoid the most common mistakes teachers make when they assess students. Then, look at making your class accessible and enjoyable for students with disabilities. You’ll learn how to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) law; talk about learning disabilities—in particular, dyslexia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and explore ways to show courtesy and respect to students with any type of disability.
Explore ways to beef up your students’ study skills and look at strategies for test-taking. In addition, we’ll discuss test anxiety and talk about tailoring your tips on studying to each learner’s strengths. And finally, find tips here on how to power up your job search whether you’re a new teacher or an experienced educator. Learn about two keys to a successful job hunt: a great résumé and a winning portfolio, and learn how to target the right schools and wow them with your letter-writing and interview skills.
James Thompson, Ph.D. has over 25 years experience in the creation and delivery of distance learning courses for teachers. He is the author of Teaching Responsible Behavior and over 100 workbooks and videos on the subject of classroom discipline. His distance learning courses have trained more than 250,000 educators worldwide in techniques to improve student behavior and learning. His works include: Teaching Students Responsibility, Dealing With Discipline Problems, Human Relations and School Discipline, Creating Emotionally Safe Classrooms, Every Student Can Succeed, and Dealing With Difficult Students. His course Solving Classroom Discipline Problems has earned the praise of both teachers and parents and has been selected by ed2go as its demonstration course.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a 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.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 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 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
I enjoyed the humor and interesting supplemental articles that were included in the instruction. The course content was up-to-date and the examples were realistic. I learned something new from each lesson."
Excellent class for beginning instructors. Covered all essential materials for running one's classroom and then some. Excellent!"
I am a long-time instructor, but it is refreshing to take a course and perhaps learn some new tricks!!!"
I really enjoyed this class. This course gave me great information from classroom management to creating lessons."
I loved this course. I would recommend this course to someone who is interested in teaching or someone who wants to brush up on the teaching skills they have."
One of the better classes I have had."
I loved this course! It was very interesting. It easily met my needs to get CEU credits. I will recommend the course to other teachers."
I have already recommended this course to a number of early childhood teachers."
This was an excellent refresher."
This course gave valuable ideas for teaching adult learners. I loved the section on how to beef up students' study skills and strategies for test-taking. I plan on incorporating and sharing many of the fun study techniques in my own class."