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Kristy L

EDUX 7620 Teaching English Language Learners I am always looking for ways to extend my professional development and I really enjoy reading books regarding the teaching profession, especially when they come highly recommended. This course allowed me to look more deeply into the book and into topics around it. It also pushed me to prepare “ready to use” activities that I could do on-demand in my classroom. Even though I have taught for about 20 years, I feel like I learned a lot from this book. However, even more valuable, was this course’s encouragement to go beyond the book and prepare things that helped me to cement my understanding and have on hand for next year.

Sarah H.

EDUX 7775 Standards-Based Grading: Reliable Assessments. The best aspect of this course was the fluidity of learning it provided. When I first started this course, I wanted to learn about grading standards based assessments. However, I found that as I continued trying to teach through a virtual classroom platform, my professional learning needed to change. I needed new examples and ideas for engaging students. Assignments and assessment pieces that I had used in my face-to-face classroom would not work or were not working well in my virtual classroom. This course allowed me the freedom to explore resources and do research that I could now adapt to fit my need for virtual learning. The ability to focus my learning to something that benefited me and my students was crucial in this time of changing educational practice.

Olivia P

EDUX 7310 - The Brain: Teaching Modules: I enjoyed the combination of materials provided within the course. I like that there were videos to watch and then the opportunity to search for scientific journals that we were interested in to spend more time reviewing. I have been very pleased with this course. I have been struggling to find coursework of professional development that I am interested in learning about. I can often find courses about curriculum and instruction. However, it has been difficult finding courses that about my content that I feel are truly worthwhile. I would absolutely recommend this course to my science teacher friends!

Tracie L

EDUX 7025 Connecting With the Arts: A Teaching Practices Library, 6-8 My hope was that I would learn specific ideas that would benefit my art class. I was very surprised that what I learned would not only benefit my classroom, but this information is helping teachers at my site, administration at site and district level, and of course the students. The articles I read had a stronger focus on what I can create in my classroom. Some of the philosophies I learned from one of the articles, “Art the Fourth R”, feels really relevant for the time we are in now. My discussions about this article has created quite the stir among the elective teachers. I would not have experienced this knowledge without this course.

Brent T

EDUX 7050 Engaging With Literature: A Workshop for Teachers, Grades 3-5 As a teacher, our time is limited and I’ve been a part of courses where I’ve had to research and spend vast amounts of time on subjects that I knew weren’t pertinent to my classroom. With this course, I was given the freedom to spend time reading text and listening to podcasts that directly impact the need that my students have. And as an added bonus, I got to spend time researching on content that I’m passionate about.

Jessica S

EDUX 7828 Responsive Classroom for Music, Art, PE, and Other Special Areas I honestly started this course in hopes of using the credits to advance on our pay scale. I am leaving the course with new classroom management ideas, new daily routines and expectations to enforce and a better understanding on how to respond to misbehavior in my classroom. I am glad that this was not just a busy-work course and I have come out a much better teacher. I think this book is needed now more than ever. Students are vastly becoming so independent in their needs and one way of teaching does not “fit all”. The Responsive Classroom way of teaching really starts to bring individuals out in your classroom and not only celebrated differences but finds ways to reach all students.

Laura M

EDUX 6280 Literacy Strategies: Special Needs Instead of getting strategies for helping my struggling readers, I gained strategies for my whole class. This ASCD course was about the importance of reading proficiency for a successful life and how to help students become proficient readers, even when faced with a reading disability. This course was very practical for the classroom teacher, as it had many strategies that could be learned to help all students.

Katherine M

EDUX 7670 HEALTH EDUCATION: MOTIVATING STUDENTS TO IMPROVE THEIR WELL-BEING This course was a breath of fresh air and allowed me to expand my professional development in a direction that's directly applicable to what I do as a school nurse.

Kerri G

EDUX 7841 Lost at School: Kids with Behavioral Challenges. This was probably one of the most, if not THE most, informational course I have taken since my undergraduate days. The detailed steps and obstacles you might face while working with challenging kids is fully covered by this author.

Jessica G.

EDUX 7402 Healing ADD. I would recommend this course to others. It was a great way to be able to learn about ADD and also gave me the flexibility to be able to research aspects of the subject that I felt were pertinent to me and my career. The video series was intriguing and informative. I would recommend this course to other people due to the fact that I was able to work a personal development course around my busy schedule to work at my own pace. I think that flexibility that is built into the class of being able to go at your own pace and source your own information is very effective. I was able to source information that was relevant to me and focus my research on information that I felt I would directly implement into my classroom. I don’t believe that I have ever been in a personal development situation that has benefited me as much as this course has.