Meditation is a simple, beneficial technique used in peer support to help combat the effects of experiencing traumatic or stress situations. The meditation practice helps to insight peace within that improves both mental and physical wellness. In this course, we will describe the practice of meditation and discuss allowing the mind to wander to identify mental wellness. We will explore the two parts of meditation: the calmness of mind and the sharpness of mind. We will talk through the benefits of practicing meditation and walk through how to meditate. Lastly, we will instruct you on an exercise to control your mind by engaging your five senses.
All teachers want children to fulfill their creative potential, but teachers and other adults often unintentionally stifle creativity. Fueling Creativity in the Classroom is designed to help teachers know and understand the skills that children need to thrive in the future: knowing how to learn, passion and curiosity, people skills, and creativity. Teachers need to ensure that every single early childhood setting is a place where ideas can grow and our course will help new and seasoned teachers with their approach in fostering creativity for the students in their classrooms.
Unfortunately, gun violence within our schools has become an epidemic that needs to be addressed by communities, law enforcement, and school districts. Our Surviving an Active Shooter in School course presents ideas for parents, children, and school administrators on how to mitigate, prepare for, and fight back against an active shooter. Various indicators and triggers for violence, strategies for keeping yourself safe, and techniques for handling and reacting to a violent situation are all discussed.
Are you looking for guidance for incorporating flipped techniques in your classroom? The basic principle of flipped learning involves providing direct instruction for the individual outside of class so that there is more strategic use of in-class time for group work. Our Flipped Learning for Elementary Education course explores practical ways that educators can incorporate this model into their classrooms. Within this course, we’ll cover how to teach different flipped subjects, incorporating technology, and how to provide differentiated instruction.
This course will take special education teachers through the tasks that are necessary for meeting needs of the students with disabilities successfully. The primary goal of this class is to provide pertinent and practical information for teaching in the special education field, whether it is a special education classroom or just needing assistance with inclusion for students with special needs in the classroom setting. Professionals will learn to identify resources to assist with establishing a productive and satisfying career as a special education teacher.
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.
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!
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.
New teachers in the world of early childhood education can easily become overwhelmed by lesson plans, behavior management, and children's individual needs. This course provides an overview of proper reflective teaching practices, tools to reflect on lesson plan activities, and suggestions for monitoring and encouraging student achievement. Having the right tools as a new teacher provides valuable insight into the world of early education and its many challenges and rewards!
Technology and content area curriculum should be partnered in such a way to enhance not just learning for the students, but also increase enthusiasm for the teachers. Student’s today have at their fingertips access to a variety of information and communications that did not exist when their teachers were children. Students seamlessly integrate new technologies into their lives in ways that mystify many adults. Our classrooms must capture and keep students attention and focus. Today that means utilizing as much technology throughout each subject every day. Our course promotes the use of technology throughout all curriculum.
Are you ready to flip your classroom? Thinking about using a less than traditional method of teaching in your class? After learning about the history of the “flipped classroom,” you will look at how the roles and expectations of students and teachers change when using this model. No longer are students using textbooks and sitting in rows with a chalkboard. Today’s generation is using the Internet and technology to approach learning. Teachers are facilitator’s and encourage learning through interacting with the students, not lecturing. The Flipped Classroom course will give you strategies and tips to effectively implement the model into your class.
This course is intended to teach educators or business professionals how to use the SMART Board interactive whiteboard. SMART Board is designed to engage students and deliver unique presentations. Our course will allow participants will explore SMART Board software and learn how to create interactive lessons or presentations for the classroom and business world.