This course will introduce you to American education, from its history and the governmental policies that have guided it, down to the actual workings within today’s classroom. Education reflects the culture and values of society, and, when these change, education follows suit. Reform efforts in society have dramatically altered American education, and this course will present an overview of these changes and the challenges that beset the classroom teacher. The role of the teacher has changed significantly over the past decade. Teachers are the facilitators of acquiring knowledge rather than the possessors of knowledge. Students need to be active learners during their schooling experience, and the responsibility of education does not lie solely with the teacher; students, families and community members are all participants in the educational process of a child. This course will open your eyes to the world of education, and will equip you with teaching strategies to be an effective teacher and ensure that no child is left behind.
- comprehending the problem and identifying relevant data
- analyzing the problem’s internal structure to determine what type of problem it is
- selecting a viable solution process and carrying it out
- explaining the solution process both orally and in writing.
Course Objectives: Participants will
- To introduce course participants to American education, from its history and the governmental policies that have guided it, down to the actual workings within today’s classroom.
- To identify the leaders affecting public education, including those considered innovators.
- To discuss the development of a child, including the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson and Kohlberg.
- To identify and address individual differences in learning and diversity in the classroom.
- To discuss the scientific approach to learning, including the behavioral, cognitive and constructivist theories.
- To identify the factors that influence motivation.
- To identify methods to create an environment that promotes better learning.
- To discuss traditional versus alternative methods of assessment.
This online course is experiential and interactive. Participants will engage in a variety of activities to learn, practice, and apply the skills outlined in the course. This will include workbook exercises, short answers that are reviewed by a moderator, quizzes, observation and analysis of lessons, coaching interactions with a coaching partner that include feedback and analysis of both the lesson and the coaching episode. A final exam is also a part of the course. Participation in all of these areas is necessary for students to successfully complete the course with a passing grade.
Upon completion of the course, students can decide if they would like to receive credit and from which university they would like to receive credit. Please see University Affiliations under the Information Center for the cost per credit.
- 1.a The History of Public Education
- 1.b Classrooms of Yesterday and Today
- 1.c The Purpose of Public Education in America
- 1.d Events in the History of American Public Education
- 1.e Forum Exercise - Events in the History of American Public Education
- 2.a Leaders Affecting Public Education
- 2.b Defining the Central Role of Public Education
- 2.c Forum Exercise - Defining the Central Role of Public Education
- 2.d Innovators in Education
- 2.e More on Innovators in Education
- 2.f Quiz - Innovators in Education
- 2.g For Your Enjoyment
- 3.a The Development of a Child
- 3.b Reflection on the Child
- 3.c Cognitive Development
- 3.d More on Cognitive Development
- 3.e Quiz - Cognitive Development
- 3.f Forum Exercise - Cognitive Development
- 3.g Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
- 3.h Quiz - Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
- 3.i Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development
- 3.j Quiz - Vygotsky’s Theory of Cognitive Development
- 3.k Vygotsky’s Theory Video
- 3.l Quiz - Vygotsky’s Theory Video
- 3.m Cognitive Development Theory in Action
- 3.n Quiz - Cognitive Development Theory in Action
- 3.o Social and Emotional Development
- 3.p Erikson’s Theory of Personal Development
- 3.q Forum Exercise - Erikson’s Theory of Personal Development
- 3.r Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development
- 3.s Quiz - Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development
- 4.a Individual Differences in Learning
- 4.b Diversity in the Classroom
- 4.c Forum Exercise - Diversity in the Classroom
- 4.d Forum Exercise - Diversity in the Classroom
- 4.e Learning Styles
- 4.f Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory
- 4.g Quiz - Visual, Auditory, and Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners
- 4.h Visual, Auditory, and Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners
- 4.i Quiz - Visual, Auditory, and Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners
- 4.j Lesson Plan Adaptation
- 4.k Forum Exercise - Diversity in the Classroom
- 4.l Varying Abilities in the Classroom
- 4.m Are You Ready to Address Learner Differences in the Classroom?
- 4.n Forum Exercise - Are You Ready to Address Learner Differences in the Classroom?
- 5.a The Scientific Approach to Learning
- 5.b Behaviorist Theories of Learning
- 5.c Classical Conditioning
- 5.d Quiz - Classical Conditioning
- 5.e Operant Conditioning
- 5.f Quiz - Operant Conditioning
- 5.g Quiz - Operant Conditioning
- 5.h Cognitive Theories of Learning
- 5.i Quiz - Cognitive Theories of Learning
- 5.j Constructivist Theories of Learning
- 5.k Quiz - Constructivist Theories of Learning
- 5.l Combining Theories
- 6.a Motivation
- 6.b Teachers in Action
- 6.c Individual Factors Influencing Motivation
- 6.d Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation
- 6.e Quiz - Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Motivation
- 6.f Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory
- 6.g Quiz - Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Theory
- 6.h Attribution Theory
- 6.i Forum Exercise - Attribution Theory
- 6.j Expectancy x Value Theory
- 6.k Quiz - Expectancy x Value Theory
- 7.a Learning Environments
- 7.b The Teacher in Action
- 7.c Part I—Classroom Management
- 7.d Classroom Set-up
- 7.e Desk Arrangements
- 7.f Centers
- 7.g Forum Exercise – Centers
- 7.h Bulletin Boards
- 7.i Personal Touches
- 7.j Forum Exercise – Personal Touches
- 7.k Organization
- 7.l Quiz – Organization
- 7.m Forum Exercise - Organization
- 7.n Rules and Procedures
- 7.o Creating Rules and Procedures
- 7.p Following the Rules and Procedures
- 7.q Quiz - Following the Rules and Procedures
- 7.r Discipline
- 7.s Part II—Instructional Methods
- 7.t The Teacher’s Knowledge of the Subject Matter
- 7.u Lesson Planning
- 7.v Quiz - Lesson Planning
- 7.w Presentation of Material
- 8.a Assessment
- 8.b What is Assessment?
- 8.c Forum Exercise - What is Assessment?
- 8.d Traditional Testing
- 8.e Using Tests For Assessment
- 8.f Points of View on Classroom Testing
- 8.g Alternative Assessments
- 8.h Techniques of Alternative Assessment
- 8.i Forum Exercise - Techniques of Alternative Assessment
- 8.j The Use of Rubrics
- 8.k Points of View on Alternative Assessment
- 8.l Forum Exercise - Points of View on Alternative Assessment
- 8.m The Growing Importance of Assessment
- 8.n Your Assessment
- Final Exam