My experiences and training have led me to create this course. Discover my qualifications in this short lecture.
In this short lecture, find out how to get the most out of the course. Learn how to get in touch with me for assistance and feedback.
Download this lesson planning template to use as a reference in lecture #4. The template includes instructions and questions to help guide you through the lesson planning process.
In this lecture you will learn strategies for creating a lesson plan that will engage students. You will learn the elements that must be present in order to successfully plan a lesson.
Learn about the different types of assessments. Discover how to use assessments to inform instruction and increase student achievement.
Download this lesson planning checklist to assess your lesson plan for the necessary elements. Reflection and revision is an important piece of the planning process.
Classroom management is the number one concern of teachers. Learn why it is an important part of planning your first month.
In this lecture, I will define routines and procedures. You will learn how to distinguish these two important classroom management ideas.
Learn about how to decide what routines and procedures to choose. Decide when to introduce routines and procedures.
This lecture explains a common pitfall teachers make. Learn how to avoid this detrimental pitfall. Learn how to teach routines and procedures so that students will become automatic in performing them.
This lecture will define standards of behavior. You will learn two strategies for developing standards of conduct in your classroom.
One of the most difficult management issues is running productive groups. Teachers and students constantly complain about the effectiveness of group work. This lecture will identify 5 elements that are necessary for group work to run smoothly. You will learn how to implement all 5 elements. Also, a template is provided for you to use in planning.
Identify strategies for getting to know your students. Find out how to create a classroom culture that will foster a safe learning environment for your students.
Find out why these constituents are on the list of most important connections. Learn how to engage them at the very beginning of the year.
Learn why finding a mentor is so important. Identify the characteristics of a good mentor.
In this lecture, you will find out what is so important about the first day.
Plan the classroom management strategies you will address on the first day of school. Identify what routines and procedures you will implement on the first day of school.
Identify what strategies you will use to engage students, parents and co-workers on the very first day of school. What small acts can you take on that first day to make a big difference.
I became a teacher because my own education wasn't a very engaging one. There were many times when I could envision a better way of learning during my own time in school. I became committed to making those visions a reality for students. I am continually working to make this a reality for all students through my own teaching and my work with new and veteran teachers alike. I am currently a certified special educator in an inclusive rural high school. I have been teaching for 18 years. I started teaching in private school environments for students with both learning disabilities and students with behavioral issues. I have been teaching in the public school system for the last 12 years. I have taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in a variety of topics including co-teaching, differentiated instruction, teaching methods and exceptional populations. I consider my expertise to be in the areas of curriculum, instruction and classroom management. In addition to my teaching experience, I am a trained new teacher mentor. I received my B.A. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, my M.Ed. from Saint Michael's College in Vermont and most recently, my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) from Southern New Hampshire University.