Topic: Curriculum and Instruction
Instructor: Jodi Slonaker
Method: Online (OWRK)
Sponsor: Teach n' Kids Learn, Inc.
Center Offered: OLPD

Course Description:

Motivating Reluctant Learners: A Guide for Paraprofessionals

The focus of this course is designed to provide paraprofessionals with a deeper understanding of the factors and attributes that may result in challenges for students, who may then become reluctant learners.

 This includes reviewing the supporting educational research that investigates a wide range of influences that impact and shape how students are motivated within various learning contexts while recognizing that students have diverse learner needs. Based upon these understandings, paraprofessionals will identify a variety of strategies for increasing student motivation, while also exploring ways to further promote a positive learning environment conducive for all students to help achieve their great potential for learning.

 In particular, paraprofessionals will investigate relevant strategies designed to help motivate students, strengthen classroom autonomy and help students develop their own self-efficacy skills for personal growth and development. Additionally, participants will explore a myriad of ways how students can be motivated within a school setting.

 The course content is especially important for paraprofessionals, who may often be the first point of contact with many of these reluctant learners and who may be working side by side on a daily basis with these children. Building upon these foundational beliefs, paraprofessionals will explore a variety of strategies to help work with students as well as to help these students to develop skills and strategies to become self-reliant, within the never-ending rigorous demands of the school environment.

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Additional Notes:

You can register and begin the course at any time and have until the end of Ashland University’s academic year to complete it. Within 24-48 hours of your registration you will receive an email from your course content provider that contains your course access information. Plan to spend a minimum of two weeks in the course.  Once you complete your course, your grade will be submitted to Ashland University for processing. This course is web-based so you can access it from any computer with internet access. It is also self-paced, so you can work entirely at your own pace, when it is convenient for you. There are no specific times you must be online and no individual deadline dates for assignments. They can be submitted any time, so long as everything has been submitted by the end of the academic term.

Within 24 hours of your registration you should be able to establish a login for your student account at Ashland University, WebAdvisor. You can use WebAdvisor to view your registrations, see when your grade is posted, and print detailed receipts and grade reports. Please click here for instructions on obtaining a username and password. The instructions also include a link to our Records and Registration's webpage where transcript ordering instructions can be found. It is advised that you review your record before ordering transcripts. 

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Cost: $600
Timespan of Course:
September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020
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Course Number: EDU*6130*Y15
Academic Term: 20/GW
Academic Level: GW
Semester Hours: 3.00
Subject: EDU