Develop powerful skills for researching, evaluating and using online educational communication tools. Explore Web 2.0 tools such as Wikis, blogs, and social networking and media sites, as well as e-mail, discussion boards, and videoconferencing, while researching several collaborative classroom projects that use these tools.
Learn the Action Team for Partnership (ATP) model and discover how to engage families and communities in children's education. Examine the "connection" issues, acquire tools to integrate partnership programming into your curriculum, and develop a plan that involves parents, family members, and community resources in your own classroom.
This course uses a constructivist teaching model so you can experience this approach firsthand. You'll examine your role as a teacher and that of your students in the legacy model, while reflecting on how these roles may differ from your initial perceptions. You'll become familiar with the principles of constructivism including student-centered, inquiry-based learning, and problem-based learning.
Make sense out of "number sense," as you discover the role it plays in students' mathematical development, and the impact it has on their future performance. Identify effective assessment strategies, examine lesson plans, Web resources, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards.
Unlock the secrets to developing a curriculum that meets the learning needs of different types of students. Create a cross-curricular unit that integrates technology to support learning, and plan lessons that address the different ways that your students learn. Activities will help you build flexibility into your lesson plans, enabling you to integrate your new knowledge into your instruction.
Find teaching resources and program information such as episode descriptions and educational learning goals for PBS KIDS shows.
Activity Packs are a growing library of theme-based widgets containing links to high-quality PBS resources and activities for multiple grade levels. If you like one, grab it!
Find historical examples of conflicts and how they were resolved, and help provide strategies to students currently developing conflict resolution skills.
Consider that before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, several young women did the same. Learn about lesser known African American heroes.