Course DescriptionParticipants in this course will examine collaborative, engaged, cooperative learning-a significant shift away from the typical teacher-centered classroom. Participants will learn how developing a classroom culture of trust, safety, challenge, and joy can foster engaged and effective learning. Research suggests that effective communication and collaboration are essential to becoming a successful learner. Participants will learn how to develop classroom learning experiences around students' constructing knowledge and engaging in action together Techniques to develop intrinsic motivation that leads to student engagement and achievement will be researched. Foundational work in this course will include the research and use of collaborative learning, engaged learning, and cooperative learning models. Participants will synthesize these paradigms and create applications for implementation into their own classrooms.
By the conclusion of this course, each participant should be able to do the following:
- Develop a framework of student-centered instruction
- Create a classroom culture of trust and collaboration
- Develop the growth mindset
- Construct a collaborative classroom
- Construct an engaged classroom
- Construct a cooperative classroom
- Assess the engagement and collaboration in your classroom
- Reflect on student-centered teaching
- Computer with word processing software
- Internet access connection
- Software capable of reading PDF files
- Software capable of viewing PowerPoint presentations
This course is-recommended for K-12 teachers and administrators looking to gain background information concerning engaged learning and collaboration research and application of these tenets in classroom and school community. Participants must hold a baccalaureate degree.