21st CENTURY LEARNING

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

Course Description:

Course Location:       www.teachnkidslearn.com

In this course participants will gain insight into the 21st Century skills and their relevance to education today.  Shifts in the world including the proliferation of technological resources and information will be highlighted, as well as the skills students today will be expected to have in the workforce will be explored.  While there are some unknowns about what tomorrow’s work will require, we know that significant shifts from past educational practices will be critical. 

 This course will explore practical teaching strategies to integrate 21st Century skills, and more specifically Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Collaboration, Communication, and Creativity & Innovation into classroom units and lessons.  Participants will learn of the research base and innovations in each area, including, but not limited to, Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy, Webb’s Depth of Knowledge and Costa’s Levels of Questioning, using sentence starters, frames, and signal words in communication, explicitly teaching speaking and listening skills in addition to reading and writing, incorporating technology in the classroom, project based learning, and more.  Connections to Danielson’s Framework for Teaching will be emphasized throughout the course.

This course is divided into modules that presented in a progression of topics that build off of the previous module. While this is a self-paced online course, participants will engage in a variety of activities to learn, practice, and apply the skills outlined in this course.  Participants go through a sequence of designed activities which are reflective, experiential and interactive.

This course is divided into modules that presented in a progression of topics that build off of the previous module. While this is a self-paced online course, participants will engage in a variety of activities to learn, practice, and apply the skills outlined in this course.  Participants go through a sequence of designed activities which are reflective, experiential and interactive.

At the beginning of each module, participants are introduced to information which is either foundational or research based and asked to complete a self-assessment, observation, or evaluation of their lesson, teaching strategies, and/or curricular materials. Participants then use this information throughout the module so that links are constantly being made between the information being presented and what is happening in their classroom. At the end of each module participants are then asked to make a change or changes to their thinking based activities on their new understandings. Participants implement the changes and then reflect on the Discussion Board with their peers to discuss the successes, challenges, and changes for the next implementation.

Throughout this course, participants are required to complete and submit assignments and participate in online discussion board postings based on specific lesson activities. Within these activities participants will need to include current instructional practices/lesson examples and modifications that would be made based on the content being covered within each module. 

The combination of direct instruction, job-embedded application, and building a community of learners will help to increase the likelihood of participants understanding and transferring their new learning to their classroom instruction.

Throughout the course participants will have access to a content specialist available for regular communications, targeted classroom video lesson segments; research based observational protocols, research documents, extended educational materials, and instructional resources. Participants will explore real instructional challenges that many teachers face in their classroom and identify strategies to address such complex issues.

Cost: $600
Timespan of Course:
September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017
Contact E-mail: jodi@teachnkidslearn.com

Meeting Times

  • Location of Meeting: 
    Course Location: www.teachnkidslearn.com
    Location of Meeting: 
    On going On Line
Registration Information:
Course Number: EDU*6250*A1
Academic Term: 17/GW
Academic Level: GW
Credits: 3.00
Subject: EDU