PEDU 9014: Creating Practical Strategies and Ideas

Your course. Your timeline. Your way. Earn up to 3 graduate level credits upon completion of this course. You choose how many credits you want to earn when you register.

· June 8, 2020
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Course Description

In this course, educators will create (or discover through research) practical strategies and ideas to enhance learning in their classroom. Standardized lesson plans are useful, and the number of available lessons and activities easily accessible on the web are myriad, but, at the end of the day, it’s not about the perfect lesson, or the perfect activity: it’s about your students’ ability to learn, retain, and apply what they have learned in your class.

For a lesson to be truly effective, it is sometimes necessary to enhance or replace boxed curriculum activities with curriculum activities based on practical strategies and ideas that are more relevant to the educator, their specific set of students, or their available resources. In classroom management, a few practical strategies consistently enforced can mean the difference between control and chaos. Some of the things that some teachers consider modus operandi are, to others, an “Aha!” moment. 

On the more extreme end, some classrooms cannot function without the application of practical strategies and the implementation of practical ideas by the educator. For example, as an educator in a very small district teaching, perhaps, physics, the suggested equipment for a particular experiment may not be affordable, much less available. Or perhaps a school may not have the resources to provide one-on-one help as specified by an IEP for a particular time and subject, or to limit the number of students in a class to the most advantageous number. In some instances, teachers may even be required to teach outside of their field of expertise for a year until a “highly qualified” instructor for that subject can be found. In situations such as these, practical strategies and ideas can be a lifeline that helps teachers do a difficult job made even more difficult by circumstances.

For this course, you will determine your needs, your students’ needs, and the needs of your curriculum. After reviewing these needs and your available resources, you will determine areas where practical strategies and ideas are needed to support student success. These may be presentation strategies, strategies for student engagement and/or interactions, classroom management strategies, alternative ideas to replace infeasible activities, etc. Based on your assessment and analysis, you will research practical ideas and/or strategies that will help your unique students achieve the learning goals and master the required curriculum objectives for your course. Once you have determined and created the strategies or ideas to implement, you just have to implement them in your classroom and submit proof of implementation, along with your time log and self-reflection, for evaluation and credit.

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.

Choose 1-3 credits
Pay only $79 per credit
100% Online & Self-Paced
Up to 1 year to complete your course
Earn an Official Transcript from University of the Pacific, Benerd College

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.

Course Objectives

Upon successful mastery of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify areas of your teaching or curriculum that practical strategies and ideas will enhance.
  •  Brainstorm or research practical strategies and/or ideas that will enhance student learning of specific objectives.
  • Apply strategies and insights gained to the development or creation of a specific strategy or idea that you will implement in your classroom.
  • Integrate the practical strategies you have created or practical ideas you have developed into your classroom teaching to enhance student learning.
  •  Reflect on how the addition of specific practical strategies and ideas impact student learning.
  • Reflect on the professional development experiences, specific to your future growth.
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Course Includes

  • 2 Sections

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