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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Course Location:


Within 24 hours of registering for a PD course, you'll receive an email from your instructor that contains your course access information.

You'll be able to access your student account using Self-Service Ashland. There, you'll find printable financial statements and grade reports, plus a link for requesting transcripts, once your grades have posted. Instructions for establishing or resetting your login can be found HERE

If you have a tuition waiver voucher or would prefer to mail your payment:

Please click HERE for a registration form. Please mail that along with your payment and/or voucher to the Main Campus address. Vouchers are worth $166 when applied to PD courses.

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Cost: $600
Timespan of Course:
September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021
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Course Number: EDU*6130*Y15
Academic Term: 21/GW
Academic Level: GW
Semester Hours: 3.00
Subject: EDU