Online In-Service Courses with Joan Carrozza
Graphic Organizers and Rubrics
- 3 Credits
- K -12 and Specials Teachers
- July 1 – July 30, 2017
Description: In this course we will use graphic organizers and rubrics for all subject areas. We will view websites that offer new ideas on how and when to use and teach with graphic organizers. You will create your own classroom resource of graphic organizers that you develop and find from various websites and examples.
Rubrics will also be explored for each subject and participants will be able to create rubrics that go along with their current lessons. We will use Rubistar and Teach-nology sites to access rubric makers, along with sites with examples on creating rubrics that are specific and measurable.
Resources for early learning, writing, math, calendars, cause and effect, concept maps and webs, science, place value, sequencing and KWL's will be explored. Participants will demonstrate the use of each of these resources and more. This course lets teachers create a 'make and take' resource tailored to their grade level and curriculum.
Addressing Learning Disabilities with Effective Strategies in the Classroom.
- 3 Credits
- K -12 and Special Education
- August 1 – August 25, 2017
Description: Every classroom has a plethora of different learners that are ready to meet their daily goals. The strategies that teachers employ will help them attain these goals. We will explore, but not limit our search to: dyslexia, autism, speech, ELL, and social emotional disorders. While we will be looking at specific disabilities, the strategies that you take back to the classroom will support all learners and will provide you with the tools to frame your lessons in new and creative ways. Using strategies such as Think-Pair-Share and/or Partner Talk will strengthen both student collaboration and understanding and will allow each of them to be successful in the classroom. At the end of this course, you will have the resources, strategies, websites and ideas you need to transform your classroom into a creative learning environment for each and every student.
Teacher and Student Reflection
- 3 Credits
- K -12 and All Teachers
- November 13 – December 2, 2017
Description: Reflection is the key to learning and growing. Participants will learn how to look at what they are teaching each day and learn how to reflect in order to grow. This class will focus on teacher as well as student reflection. End of class prompts are important to keep learners thinking and reflecting long after the bell rings. Journal entries will be kept online and submitted as part of the learning process in this course. Participants will also share best practices and implementation of reflection techniques.
The Mindful Teacher in the Mindful Classroom
- 3 Credits
- K-12 Teachers
- February 1 – February 28, 2018
Description: In this online course, we will examine our teaching practice and how what we teach translates into student success in the classroom. We will look at embracing peer collaboration when planning and implementing high performance learning teams. Transformational teaching focuses on having students ask questions and solve real-world problems. We will look at ways students analyze, synthesize, create, empathize, interpret, use background knowledge and defend alternative perspectives. We will look at lesson plans and how we can implement various strategies including organizing learning groups, guiding, facilitating and challenging learners. It is imperative that our teaching has a clear purpose, a memorable beginning and end, a logical sequence, relevant content, nimble transitions and a contagious passion. Combined, these characteristics will create an environment conducive to learning.