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Kristin H

EDUX 7792 Online Teaching Strategies for the Virtual Classroom I loved that I could choose the scholarly articles and the book that would best fit my educational needs for my own classroom. I would definitely recommend this course to others. The versatility of the independent study and the timeliness of the material with the need for online learning fits perfectly with the educational environment we are in currently!

Emily H

EDUX 7675 Technology in Education: Opportunities and Challenges I’m thankful there’s professional development courses which allow teachers to actually choose what they want to learn about, how to learn about it, and then pick their pace. Extremely useful thank you!

Angela J

EDUX 7355 Reading & Writing in the Disciplines I was highly satisfied with this course. I felt that it was very convenient, clearly set up and also provided an opportunity to complete the work at one’s own pace. This format really helps with the level of stress that comes with working full time, having a life, as well as trying to further my education. This course in particular because it really helped me to realize that many of the strategies that are used in English can be modified and utilized during social studies and science instruction. Often I find that there is just not enough time in the day to fit in Science and Social Studies content, but if informational text from these two disciplines are used as a tool for English lessons, then learning happens on multiple levels. I very much appreciated the different examples from real life teachers. Even though this class was geared toward middle school, high school and college level (and me being an elementary school teacher) I was still able to gain lots of knowledge that will help me in my own classroom.

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.

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