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Create Learning that Promotes "Ownership" of Content in Students
How often do you hear students say, “When will I use this?” or “Why does this matter?” This course explores an instructional approach meant to engage students in a deep understanding of concepts. Supported by the framework, Teaching for a Robust Understanding (TRU), the course will examine the attributes that create opportunities for an environment where all students are actively engaged in becoming knowledgeable, flexible, and resourceful disciplinary learners.
- Identify research-based components of effective learning environments in order to create engaging classroom cultures that focus on student learning
- Design an effective learning environment that addresses content, cognitive demand, equity, student agency, and thinking
- Develop a curricular vision that derives from an understanding of the synergy between concepts, facts, and principles so that students are intellectually engaged
- Determine the effective learning strategies that enable students to become engaged in a “productive struggle” in meaning-making with conceptual content
Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours
Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 classroom teachers who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of how to connect students with content with well-developed curriculum design. Both new and experienced teachers wanting to improve their craft will benefit from this course.
Course Materials: Depending on the grade level you teach or your area of interest, choose your required text below to purchase:
Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding: Harnessing Natural Curiosity for Learning That Transfers, Elementary, by Julie Stern, Nathalie Lauriault, and Krista Ferraro, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.
Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding: Designing Lessons and Assessments for Deep Learning, Secondary, by Julie Stern, Krista Ferraro, and Juliet Mohnkern, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.