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."
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A great classroom starts with a great teacher—and that’s you! This lesson introduces how you can grow in your job as an adult educator by enhancing your professionalism and managing your time effectively. In addition, you will learn how to boost your confidence and establish your authority in the classroom.
Adult students are different than kids and understanding those differences can help you reach and teach them. This lesson explores what makes adult learners tick and how you can best meet their needs. In addition, you will learn about preparing for that big first day by getting your paperwork in order.
Jill loves testing the rules. Germaine is a shy bookworm. Claire is an artist. All of these adults have different learning styles and intelligences. This lesson explores two different models of learning styles and introduces eight intelligences you will want to factor into your lesson plans.
“Zzzzzzz” This is the sound of Darren snoozing in the corner as you’re trying to lecture. Meanwhile, Emily and Sherelle are busy gossiping about their weekend. Does this sound like your classroom? If so, you will enjoy this lesson, which introduces many techniques to get misbehaving students back on track.
Remember the old days, when teachers lectured for hours while students took notes or dozed? Those days are gone! This lesson introduces a host of innovative techniques, from window paning and role-playing to mnemonics and visualization, that work like magic in a student-centered classroom.
"Proper prior planning" may be a cliché, but it’s also an excellent idea. This lesson looks at the up-front work that can set you up for success in the classroom. To do so, you will discover the 12 steps for creating a dynamite course outline.
Just as an interior decorator accents a room with bright colors and great fabrics, you can accent your classroom presentations with the right audiovisual aids. This lesson looks at high-tech, low-tech, and no-tech educational aids and technology you can use to capture and keep your students' attention.
What motivates your students to learn? This lesson introduces 10 needs and desires that bring learners to your classroom—and you will discover how to tap into those motivators during your presentations. You will also learn how to create powerful presentation openings, content, and closings.
This lesson explores the A-B-C’s of grading and the ways to write top-notch test questions. In addition, you will discover great tools for assessing any type of skill, from cake-baking to hairdressing. You will also find out how to avoid the most common mistakes teachers make when they assess students.
This lesson focus on making your class accessible and enjoyable for students with disabilities. You will learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), how to comply with this law, and common learning disabilities — dyslexia and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in particular.
Even if you create great lessons, your students will succeed only if they have great study habits and efficient test-taking skills. This lesson explores ways to beef up your students’ study skills and look at strategies for test-taking.
Enough about your students—this lesson is all about you! Whether you're a brand-new teacher or an experienced educator looking for new classroom opportunities, you will find tips here on how to power up your job search.
James E. Thompson, Ph.D., is a pioneer in the field of distance learning courses for educators with more than 25 years of experience. He has created 30 video-based courses that have been offered by more than 100 colleges and universities. More than 250,000 educators have taken his courses.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.