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.

    Outcome: Educators will learn twenty-four teacher ‘competencies’ designed to help them become even more effective in their teaching practices.

    Module 1. Introduction

      Understand the distinction between effective teaching and quality instruction. Learn why teacher self-efficacy and collective efficacy play a key role in student learning.

        Module 2. I know the content of my teaching area

          Understand how to develop assignments and projects, decide on what materials to use, and employ assessments to evaluate students’ learning.

            Module 3. I know my students

              Find out how to plan instruction, and develop and modify teaching activities based on students’ learning needs.

                Module 4. I know how students learn

                  Understand the cultural and contextual nature of learning; and develop effective lessons based on the six ways that children learn.

                    Module 5. I use high-yield teaching strategies

                      Find out how to set explicit learning goals, plan the scope and sequence of learning activities, and how to use a range of effective teaching strategies.

                        Module 6. I have a safe and inclusive classroom

                          Learn how to create a safer and more inclusive classroom using a small set of classroom strategies.

                            Module 7. I use data to improve student learning

                              Learn how to select an assessment and interpret data to inform classroom practice. Prepare accurate reports to engage stakeholders.

                                Module 8. I develop effective partnerships with parents and caregivers

                                  Learn strategies for building effective partnerships with parents, ways to communicate, and information and ideas for how parents and caregivers can further their child’s learning at home.

                                    Module 9. Further reflection

                                      Find out why collective teacher self-efficacy is one of the most powerful influences on students’ achievement and well-being.