“If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” Allowing students to learn through doing is the most direct path to full understanding and lifetime learning. Activities to Accelerate Learning is designed to provide educators the opportunity to either create or discover and develop activities that will accelerate individual students’ learning processes. Activities are more motivating for students than passive learning, and involving them kinesthetically helps them learn faster and provides associative memories with their learnings. Particularly useful for scaffolding learning gaps and areas of weakness in mastering objectives to bring a student up to grade level quickly, these activities are a must for all students with attendance gaps due to COVID closures and forced homeschooling. Also very helpful with students with disabilities, targeted activities to accelerate learning are an important tool to help get students where they need to be by end-of-year testing. Once you have researched and selected specific activities to develop, you will incorporate into your lesson. Finally, submit proof of implementation (5 activities per attempted credit hour) and your time log for evaluation.
Create five different learning activities or projects (per credit) to implement directly into your curriculum. The curriculum ideas, strategies, or techniques you develop can be tailored to your goals and educational setting.
1 Credit = 5 activities/projects
2 Credits = 10 activities/projects
3 Credits = 15 activities/projects
Suggested activities and projects to help you earn credit:
Educational games, learning activities, PowerPoint presentations, video presentations, worksheets, educational websites, classroom visuals, classroom assignments and projects, bulletin boards, learning centers, anchor charts, assessments, teacher-created books, physical education activities, reflection reports, technology-related activities, storytelling activities, units of study, STEM-related projects, mindfulness-based projects, etc.
Designed for busy teachers like you, you will get up to 6 months to complete your coursework, and extensions are always granted upon request. All curriculum projects you choose to develop will ultimately demonstrate the application of time you invest in professional development experiences, such as research, videos and readings, as you endeavor to accomplish your goals. An additional expectation is to complete a time log that documents the time spent for this course.
Overview of Requirements
1. Develop and incorporate new activities, projects, strategies or techniques (of your choice) into existing or new curriculum: For each graduate-level credit, you will choose and develop 5 different learning and teacher-made activities and/or projects to create and implement. You may always modify, change, adapt or incorporate new ideas throughout the entire course duration.
2. Develop a self-created time log: Create a log to document the effort and time that you dedicate to the process of completing your coursework requirements. You can also document hours for projects created previously by backtracking the date in your log. Your log must be specific and include dates, times, accomplishments and proof. For each graduate-level credit, you will document 15 hours of academic involvement.
Whether you spend time brainstorming, researching, reading, typing, writing, watching educational videos and films for ideas, or constructing visuals, putting together new curriculum & rubrics, you are able to document all the professional time you have invested amplifying and enriching your professional needs.
3. Demonstrate mastery of curriculum enhancement: When all your curriculum goals are finally met, you will submit your final work for evaluation.
*Additional course guidelines, formatting requirements, and information will be provided upon course enrollment.
Opportunities are available across all teaching grade levels, disciplines, and subjects or topics. The overall course objective is aimed at implementing the best practices of education while meeting educational standards set by your school district or state.
Completed courses are letter graded and will appear on an official transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College. An Official Transcript with your final course grade(s) is available from Pacific upon successful completion of coursework. The course ending date that will appear on your transcript will reflect the date on which your completed coursework was reviewed and graded.
About University of the Pacific
University of the Pacific, established in 1851, is California’s oldest private chartered university and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The credits offered are post-baccalaureate, graded, graduate-level semester units of credit, provided directly through University of the Pacific, Benerd College. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of educators for Salary Advancement and Recertification. The credits/units are acceptable where local districts approve and applicable to state licensing where authorized. We always encourage you to check with your employer for acceptability of these credits/units. Course participants are responsible to determine acceptability of these credits for their intended use. Each graduate-level semester credit is equivalent to 15 hours of academic involvement.
Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify student needs to determine areas where supportive or scaffolding activities are needed to accelerate the learning process.
- Evaluate and identify areas of the curriculum that would be strengthened by the introduction of specific activities to accelerate learning.
- Identify specific learning goals and objectives that you want to supplement with new instructional activities.
- Create five classroom-ready instructional activities that target specific learning goals and objectives and will engage students in an accelerated learning process.
- Integrate the new activities into your lesson plans and/or presentations.
- Evaluate the activities for effectiveness in helping students meet targeted learning goals more quickly or efficiently than activities or methods you have used previously.
- Reflect on how the activities served to accelerate the learning process.
- Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.