This e-course, based on Danielson’s Domain 2a: Creating an environment of respect and rapport, will delve into the rules for appropriately handling delicate teacher-student situations in the classroom by understanding how to diffuse conflict through the six steps to problem solving. Participants will come to understand and appreciate the systemic nature of negotiation by examining common classroom scenarios, common teacher-student interactions, and practicing with appropriate teacher-to-student interaction protocols that lead to genuine respect and trust while building rapport in the classroom. As participants read and view examples of appropriate interactions, they will integrate the rationale behind the art of negotiation reinforced through effective classroom management. Participants will learn how to teach students the same appropriate discussion protocols through the power of example, by using them with each other, and self-rating for effective use through a communications rubric in order to realize and understand the classroom potential in turning behavior around.  Control of the classroom conditions, the use of communication protocols, viewing and reading classroom examples that facilitate student respect and further student accountability for learning without using force will be the critical drivers of this course.

Course Outcomes:

  • Practice with appropriate teacher-student and student-student interactions that lead to genuine respect and trust, reinforced through classroom environment and recognition of cultural diversity.
  • Plan for instruction by embedding newly learned strategies that facilitate classroom respect and rapport with awareness and consideration of cultural diversity.
  • Demonstrate and communicate warmth, sensitivity, and caring for all students at all levels of their development, and reinforce these behaviors through a classroom environment that accommodates respect and rapport.
  • Demonstrate mastery of appropriate discussion protocols, and embed these protocols and strategies into lessons to teach and reflect on their use in course discussion forums.
  • Use appropriate discussion protocols with students to demonstrate their use among peers, and facilitate this use in appropriate learning instances.
  • Embed relevant content into lessons that help students develop genuine respect, appreciation for content, and take ownership of their own learning.

Through the examination of learners' cultural needs, along with developmental readiness, participants will become familiar with guidelines for appropriate textbook selection, web-based resources, and criteria for selection of responsive multicultural literature and related resources. Participants will expand their understanding of cultural responsiveness by examining models of research-based and differentiated literacy instruction with efficacy for moving up progress in second language learners. In preparation for designing their own differentiated and responsive curriculum, the stages of writing development and the research-based methods that guide them will be examined.

Course Outcomes:

  • Teach using a responsive teaching and learning curriculum.
  • Respond to students' cultural needs using a responsive curriculum that includes the stages of writing development.
  • Apply new strategies to classroom inclusion in a culturally and developmentally responsive curriculum using the stages of writing development.
  • Differentiate and scaffold lessons that respond to cultural and developmental readiness.

The art of differentiation happens through design, re-design, and new strategy. Participants in this e-course will reinvent lessons using research-based, effective methods for differentiation. They'll have opportunities to re-purpose lesson plans, understand readiness versus ability, and capitalize on brain plasticity to engage students through intellect and creativity. Learning profiles, interest surveys, cognitive-friendly learning environments, tiered questioning and student "hooks" for rigorous learning application are some of the takeaways to this e-course.

Course Objectives:

  • Design and implement differentiated lessons using research-based strategies. 
  • Apply design strategy for grouping and classroom environment. 
  • Plan for use and implement with online and print tools for differentiation such as learning profiles, interest surveys and tiered questioning.

Consistent use of reading and writing strategy across all content areas continues to turn around the language skills of English language learners, particularly those who struggle. Participants will finish this e-course with a compendium of strategies and tools to aid ENL students and struggling learners with, using researched and field-tested implementation ideas.

Course Objectives:

  • Use same strategy ideas across all content areas to leverage ENL student success with.
  • Glean and apply multiple strategies that aid in the successful literacy effort of struggling learners and ENL students.
  • Apply collaboration among multiple disciplines and plan to accommodate the needs of struggling learners.

Research continues to show that providing students with multiple entry-points to learning improves performance. Tools and resources used to measure learning styles and learning preferences will be included in this rich and informative e-course focused on identifying and cultivating multiple intelligences in order to effectively plan for, and teach to, multiple learning styles.

Course Outcomes:

  • Acquire and use new tools to cultivate student intelligences with while teaching to multiple learning styles.
  • Differentiate effectively for multiple learning styles.
  • Plan and implement strategies that teach to multiple intelligences.