REACHING the RANGE of LEARNERS: 4 Teachers & Leaders – FREE ONLINE COURSE

online_classThe Learning Differences FREE online course is designed for educators including teachers, coaches, administrators, or allies who play a role in meeting the needs of all students.  There are also additional modules specifically for leaders that target coaching of teachers in working with diverse learner types.  If you’re interested, register here.  Everyone who registers and submits their course completion certificate will be entered into a raffle and that will be awarded at the last district-wide PD.  If you register by 2/12, you will be entered into a raffle that will take place at 2/23 district PD (you must forward a copy of your registration to Toni Barton).

  • Deepened your understanding of learning differences and the related constructs of motivation, executive function, and working memory.
  • Explored relevant strategies for supporting students with learning differences.
  • Applied strategies in your classroom and provided a more personalized learning experience for all students. 

Course Outline

Unit 1: Embracing New Habits of Mind (February 9 – February 15).

Participants will further their thinking about Learning Differences and the “myth of average” among their students. Educators will begin to develop and apply new habits of mind which will support student learning. The essential questions for this unit are:

  • What are learning differences?
  • How does thinking about students’ learning differences affect my teaching practice?
  • What are the benefits of focusing on students’ strengths rather than weaknesses? What are the challenges of this approach?

Unit 2: Working Memory (February 16 – February 22).

This unit focuses on the impact of working memory on student learning and behavior in classrooms. Participants will learn and apply strategies to better support students’ working memories. The essential questions are:

  • What is Working Memory and how does it affect student learning?
  • How can teachers support students who struggle with working memory or leverage students with strong working memory?
  • Which strategies or solutions related to working memory best meet your students’ needs?

Unit 3: Motivation (February 23 – March 1).

This unit focuses on the impact of students’ motivation on learning and behaviour in classrooms. Participants will learn and apply strategies to better foster student motivation. The essential questions are:

  • What are intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and how do they affect student learning?
  • How can teachers build intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in classrooms?
  • Which strategies or solutions related to motivation best meet your students’ needs?

Unit 4: Executive Function Part 1 (March 2 – March 8).

This unit establishes a basic understanding of executive functioning skills by explaining what they are and how they impact student learning. The essential questions are:

  • What are executive functioning skills and how do they affect student learning?
  • How can teachers develop executive functioning skills in classrooms?

Unit 5: Executive Function Part 2 (March 9 – March 15).

This unit expands on the questions answered in Part One of Executive Function; it dives further into the specific components or facets of executive function and provides strategies and ideas for better supporting and developing students’ executive functioning skills. The essential questions are:

  • What are the components of executive function and how do they affect student learning?
  • What strategies or solutions might help me strategically support students who struggle with specific components of executive function?

Unit 6: Conclusion (March 16 – March 22).

In prior units, we built knowledge of and strategies for addressing various constructs of learning differences. In this unit, we bring these elements together to apply in your classroom and outline opportunities for future learning. The essential questions are:

  • What progress have you made in your classroom with regard to learning differences?
  • What strategies or next steps would you take to continue down this path?

JUST FOR ADMINISTRATORS

There are coaching modules designed for administrators in how to coach teachers around working with students with learning differences.

Part 1

Coaching | Stewarding the Future of Learning & Teaching

Feburary 9 – March 1

Part 2

Lesson Learned | What is of Most Value as Learning Differences Coaches?

March 2 – March 15

Part 3

Finalize Action Plan, Provide Peer Feedback….Then Reflect On Your MOOC-Ed Journey

March 16 – March 29

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