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    Teaching Online

    This course offers a brief survey of the major models, tools, and techniques in teaching online. In this course we will discuss the benefits of online learning for both students and teachers, how teaching online differs from face-to-face classroom teaching, and outline the role of an online teacher. This course will explore the different methods of teaching relevant to teaching online and how these tools can assure successful completion and retention of online course material. This course will provide the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully practice as an online teacher.

    Everyone who reads written language employs reading strategies. When teaching students to read, you are showing learners the kinds of reading decisions that proficient readers make rapidly and automatically to understand the text. When readers use these strategies often enough in a conscious and deliberate way, at some point, the practices become unconscious skills that they apply automatically whenever they read. This course focuses on practical "how-to" instructions to practice while helping students gain a greater understanding of what they are reading. Our Teaching the Struggling Reader course provides strategies for teachers and parents to use to help give their young readers the confidence they need to gain a love of reading!

    Preschool Fun Ideas is an overview of age appropriate practices for early childhood educators. This course covers the fundamentals of creating engaging and nurturing learning centers, discusses the importance of each learning domain, gives examples of activities to incorporate into your daily schedule, and gives you a hands on experience creating your own lesson plan.

    One challenge for teachers trying to incorporate Project Based Learning (PBL) strategies into their classroom is having the knowledge to implement effectively. Our Project Based Learning Techniques course will help guide you through the process of setting up beneficial learning environments. We cover theories behind PBL, as well as planning activities, assessment, feedback, and reflection strategies. By taking our course, you’ll discover the fascinating world of PBL by using hands-on and engaging learning techniques.

    Children are all different, with unique strengths and weaknesses. Educators and parents must remember that when working with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Our Teaching Children with ADHD course discusses the basic structure of ADHD and various executive functions. We describe how to properly communicate with children and how to address challenging behaviors. We also explore how to help children set achievable goals and gain perseverance.

    Many people choose substitute teaching to further their career or to gain experience working in classrooms and with students. Our Substitute Teaching course breaks down each grade level in sections that discuss what students are learning and possible activities to implement for each curricular area. We also describe ways to create smooth day to day routines, behavior management techniques, and tips for having success as a substitute teacher.

    Are you interested in homeschooling your gifted child? Does homeschooling seem like a daunting task? Unsure of where to begin or what style of learning to follow? Our Homeschooling Gifted Children course dives into every aspect of learning and what it takes to help your child succeed. We discuss how to choose appropriate curriculum, how to individualize instruction, how to properly integrate technology, and how to foster socialization. We provide information, resources, and tools to help foster learning, build confidence, and help you and your child succeed!

    Creating effective online learning courses and simulations can be a challenge. There are tools and techniques, as well as best practices, that can help those designing and creating online learning content for organizations and institutions of higher education. This course offers instruction on the major models, tools, and techniques in creating and delivering online learning. It reviews the fundamentals of general learning theory and how it can be applied, in practice, to online design and instruction. Further, the course provides a brief survey of the technology employed in online learning, best practices for teaching online, strategies for integrating narrative learning into an educational curriculum, and the basics of developing accessible online learning.

    A well-designed website is essential for any organization today, with so many people consuming much of their information online. This suite of courses will teach you the skills you'll need to build a website of your own. Building a website involves a lot more than just writing code. Before you start on that, you need to understand what you want your website to do, how it will look, who you want it to reach, and what message it should send. The first five courses in the suite will introduce you to the basics of designing a functional and attractive site, the HTML and CSS languages you'll need to execute your design, and best practices for designing and building a website that responds intelligently to the needs of users.

    Some people live in an area where schools are rated and teachers are paid based on children’s assessment results. In this age of accountability, this scenario is becoming more common. Although accountability is one reason for assessment, learning is assessed for many other reasons. Educators need to be familiar with different types of assessments, their purposes, and their uses. Assessment is a critical aspect of instruction; it assists teachers in knowing what to teach and what children have learned. Educators must take the time to explore the purpose of assessment and understand the criteria for appropriate assessment.

    Research reveals that there is a large discrepancy between the size of the vocabulary of children from low-income and upper-income families. Vocabulary is closely related to a child’s success in school. Educators need to assist children in the early childhood years to develop the language and literacy skills that they need to be successful. The foundation for a child’s future success as a reader and writer is established in early childhood. Literacy and language skills also affect a child’s ability to learn in all areas of the curriculum. How children with disabilities learn depends upon their relationship with their parents and teachers.

    The ability to manage a classroom is one of the most crucial skills any educator can cultivate. The Classroom Management Secrets course is designed to develop these skills through practical advice and step-by-step instructions. Educators will learn to create a classroom management plan that motivates students to practice proper behavior in the classroom, as well as handle difficult students, fuel intrinsic motivation, teach routines, and be a calmer, more effective teacher.