The Science of Teaching

The Science of Teaching

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Our professional learning is built on the foundation of the Science of Reading and is intended for all teachers, regardless of experience, who want to elevate the impact of their instruction.

Educators will acquire a deeper understanding of how a child learns and how to implement strategies to enhance classroom practice.

District level pricing is available, for further information.

Date of course: To be confirmed.

Our professional learning content has been created by literacy experts who have extensive knowledge and a deep passion for student learning. It was developed by the literacy team at The Learning Bar and Dr. Doug Willms, who held a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Literacy and Human Development for 14 years.

Our online professional learning courses offer educators the flexibility to choose what works for them.

Length: 16 weeks

Effort: 28-32 hours

Language: English

Course Type: Asynchronous

This is Course 2 of a series three courses:

  1.       The Science of Reading
  2.       The Science of Teaching
  3.       The Science of Assessment

These courses will provide educators with the fundamental skills – decoding and language comprehension – that children must acquire to become fluent and efficient readers and the strategies that are most effective in teaching these skills.

Each course is grounded in key evidence from academic research, linked to proven and practical classroom pedagogy, and connected to leading-edge educational policy, assessment, and governance strategies.

This course is about the science of teaching. It has two main aims. First, it provides a structure for teaching, learning, and assessment that can be used to organize the curricular goals of any school subject. It shows how the elements of this structure relate to classroom instructional activities that improve student learning and reduce inequalities. Teachers can build their repertoire of effective teaching strategies based on recent research from the National Science Foundation about how people learn. Second, the course summarizes the research on effective classroom management and how this research is related to twelve key strategies for creating an inclusive learning environment.

    Module 1. How children learn: Cognitive processing

      Learn the six ways that children learn based on recent research from the National Science Foundation. Apply the strategies relevant to cognitive processing. The module includes a description of Indigenous ways of knowing

        Module 2. How children learn: Knowledge

          Learn how to build a classroom “knowledge fund”. Apply the strategies relevant to cognitive processing.

            Module 3. Classroom management: Rules and routines

              Understand and apply four key strategies for setting rules and routines for proactive classroom management.

                Module 4. Classroom management: Maintaining order

                  Understand and apply four key strategies for maintaining order in the classroom.

                    Module 5. Classroom management: Minimizing disruptions

                      Learn how to teach self-regulation skills, establish a formal structure for managing misbehaviour, ways to track misbehaviours, and use logical consequences when students do misbehave.