This course will explore the social-psychological theories of achievement, such as “grit”, self control, resilience, and growth mindset, that underlie student learning. Participants will learn strategies for increasing achievement in their classrooms, schools and at home in order to meet the social emotional learning rigor of the Common Core Standards and help children develop the achievement skills necessary for the 21st century and beyond. The class will explore how to build a school culture that emphasizes these skills as fundamental components of success. The course will feature the latest research in adolescent brain development, student motivation, and social psychological intervention. Growth mindset is the idea that the human brain actually has the ability to grow and change allowing us to learn based on the amount of effort we put forth rather than relying on our innate intelligence. In fact, recent research is providing evidence that our innate intelligence is less important and less powerful than many of us have been taught it is. Think about all the people that have demonstrated the ability to succeed despite many obstacles. Research has shown that the intelligence and talent that we are born with is not as good a predictor of success as the effort that we put forth to attain goals. So, if this is true, how do teachers and parents use this information to help kids succeed? Maybe our test scores aren’t dependent on IQ scores? This course identifies specific, actionable strategies, many of which can be implemented today, that will help all kids succeed. If you are a teacher who thinks your state test scores are dependent on the intelligence of the kids you have been assigned to teach, you will learn ways to increase achievement in all children you are assigned to teach. If you are a parent, who has a struggling student or a student for whom learning comes easily, you will learn strategies that will help both types of learners achieve high expectations throughout their entire lives.
This introductory lecture describes the course set up as well as information about the instructor of the course.
What is meant by social emotional learning? This lecture describes the individual skills that impact social motional learning. You will also discover the connection that social emotional learning has with success and achievement.
These are some specific action steps that you can take to bolster social emotional learning skills in children.
This lecture is about redefining what it means to be "smart" in order to increase achievement in children.
What is "grit"? How is it related to perseverance? How can it help achievement? And finally, can it be taught?
Identify some specific actions that you can take today to improve "grittiness" in children ultimately, leading to higher levels of success.
Identify the connections between self-control and achievement.
This lecture outlines several strategies that can help improve self-control and self-regulations skills.
This lecture describes the nature of grades and how they impact achievement and success.
Identify some specific steps that you can take to improve your grading and feedback practices.
Find out how growth mindset can relate to classroom management.
What actions can you take with classroom management or discipline to increase achievement right now.
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.