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Effective Teaching Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement

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CPE Course #20110222

Upcoming Session Dates

July 26, 2021 –August 18, 2021

Registration deadline for this session is July 22, 2021. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before July 22, 2021. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after July 22, 2021.

Course Description

This three-credit course is designed for teachers from grades K-12. This is an online Moodle class and each session contains a series of lessons, video, written response, and other activities. This course will provide educators with an in-depth exploration of instructional principles and strategies that will maximize student performance and enable them to better meet the Pennsylvania Academic Standards and perform well on state and local assessments.

This course, which lasts approximately 30 days, will be completed strictly online using the Moodle platform. The instructor for this course is Agolino Educational Services. Pending receipt of payment, participants will receive an email from Agolino Educational Services containing their log-on information the night before the course begins.

Participants who successfully complete all requirements of this course will earn Three (3) PDE Graduate Level Credits, equal to 90 Act 48 Hours.

Participants will be able to:

  • summarize and react to the class lectures and discussions by writing a journal entry for each session.
  • locate and write critiques of professional journal articles about concepts discussed during class sessions.
  • formulate a reaction in writing to the following statement:  “When seatwork activity is excessive, student engagement may decrease.  Do you agree or disagree?”
  • formulate a reaction in writing to the following statement: “All students can master a subject given sufficient time and appropriate instruction.  Do you agree or disagree?”
  • formulate a reaction in writing to the following state: “Describe your beliefs about covering material versus teaching it?” (depth vs. breadth)
  • create a lesson plan that includes at least three of the ten effective teaching principles and incorporates the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for the subject they teach.
  • write a lesson plan that utilizes scaffolded instruction and incorporates the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for the subject they teach.
  • write a plan of implementation in which they will elaborate on at least three teaching strategies that were presented in this course.  In their paper, they will discuss the research on the teaching principle as well as show how they can apply the teaching principle in their own classrooms to increase their students’ performance and maximize their students’ potential.
  • interpret the implications of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and its impact on public education.
  • list ten areas of research on effective teaching.
  • summarize how each of the ten effective teaching principles has potential limitations and barriers that could prevent the bridging of research and practice.
  • compare and contrast teacher-centered and student-centered paradigms.
  • articulate five practices that effective teachers routinely engage in on a daily basis.
  • support ideas with detail and examples on why it is crucial that a careful content match is made between student level of achievement and task assignment if high student success rates, and thereby improved learning outcomes, are to occur.
  • explain four main variables that appear to interact and impact substantially on both the amount and the quantity of content coverage.
  • summarize four instructional models that incorporate scaffolded instruction.
  • examine how the prior knowledge a learner brings to a task plays a central role in the acquisition of new learning.

Graduate Level Requirement

Act 48 requires 42 hours of instruction plus 48 hours of out-of-class activity including a course project. Participants’ out-of-class assignments include but are not limited to:

  • complete activities that incorporate the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.
  • write a plan of implementation that will include the effective teaching strategies and methods presented in this course. This plan will state how methods and strategies can be used in their own classrooms.
  • read and summarize chapters in Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement.