The Science of Teaching

The Science of Teaching

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Most people become teachers because they want to make a difference – in the lives of children and in their community. However, about one-half of all teachers leave the profession in the first five years. The three most cited reasons are:

1) they do not feel adequately prepared;
2) they do not have support from a mentor; and
3) they find working conditions challenging, most often because of classroom management issues and a lack of support.

This course is designed to address these issues.

The course is designed for new and experienced teachers who want to increase their professional knowledge about the science of teaching and apply this knowledge in the classroom. Participants will further their understanding of how children learn, build their confidence in managing a classroom with students from diverse backgrounds, use fun and engaging learning activities, and know how to monitor the success of their students.

District level pricing is available, for further information.

Date of course: To be confirmed.

The first part of this professional learning is focused on helping teachers to identify the areas where they feel they are strong and those they want to develop further. The course is focused on the development of sixteen teacher ‘competencies,’ based on an international framework for quality teaching. Each module is designed to improve teachers’ competencies by increasing their knowledge of the relevant research, dispelling common myths about effective teaching, and providing practical, high yield teaching strategies teachers can use in their classroom.

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

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.

Educators will gain a deeper understanding and a broader range of classroom teaching skills. They will know how to better engage students in learning and achieve learning goals, even for the most challenging students.

    Module 1. Introduction

      Learn how to use the science and art of teaching to improve your
      teaching skills. Reflect on your own skills using the Teacher
      Self-Reflection Questionnaire.

        Module 2. Quality Instruction

          Learn how to create and execute an effective learning plan that
          incorporates knowledge of your students, high-yield teaching
          strategies, and formative assessment.

            Module 3. Student Engagement

              Learn the six ways that children learn based on the recent research from the U.S. National Science Foundation and how to apply this knowledge to increase student engagement.

                Module 4. Culture, Context, and Climate

                  Deepen your knowledge about how culture affects learning. Understand how you can create an inclusive classroom.

                    Module 5. Learning Time

                      Understand and apply key strategies for maintaining order in the classroom and managing disruptive behaviour. Know how to increase academic engagement time inside and outside the classroom.

                        Module 6. Professional Engagement

                          Strengthen your role in your school’s Professional Learning Committee and participate in a wider network of teacher. Celebrate your successes as you plan the next stage of your professional development.