Courses for Professional Educators-Summer 2014

GEDU 50840: Strategies in Real Communication in Your Foreign Language classroom Through Art (1 credit hour)
July 22-24, 2014 - 9:00am-1:00pm

As teachers of foreign languages, we desire to have our students embrace the culture. One of the difficult areas to grab and hold students’ attention can be the paintings of the great masters. (It can be challenging for students to connect to artists so far removed from their lives.) However, when we focus on interpretation and communication, we can create an atmosphere designed to produce open-ended discussions and engaging activities, yet, grounded in syntax and grammar. (And they will learn a few facts about history and artistic technique along the way!) In this course participants will experience how to use art in their classrooms in imaginative ways. Through art we will demonstrate how to introduce grammatical ideas, reinforce concepts, and use the interpretive and communicative techniques in a field trip situation.

GEDU 50830: 21st Century Teaching and Learning (1 credit hour)
June 19 & 20, 2014 - 8:00am-3:00pm

The new Common Core Standards being adopted by the State of Ohio require students to become proficient in technology and digital literacy as well as become independent, critical-thinkers as they develop 21st Century skills. As a result, teachers must continuously master new technology in order to help build and strengthen these skills within their students and help students to become college and career ready in the process. In this course, participants will learn how to take control of their own professional development through 21st Century approaches to curriculum planning and teaching.  Participants will explore how to incorporate Common Core State Standards by utilizing different aspects of social media, technology and project-based learning into their own curricula and classrooms.  This course is technology based, so participants are asked to bring their own iPad, tablet or laptop during class.

GEDU 50820: Class Management Skills and Strategy: Preparing for OTES (1 credit hour)
July 15-17, 2014 - 9:00am-1:00pm

This class will help you prepare in part for your OTES evaluation… with all the changes currently under consideration in Ohio; one thing you CAN control is your classroom environment. As demands increase on classroom teachers, there is no time to set class culture or address behavioral disruptions without sabotaging lessons.  One suggestion:   Make the students be responsible for their own learning, and you will be able to continue teaching and meeting the needs of your entire class.  Participants will gain experience in various forms of creative class management techniques as well as develop effective strategies to extinguish behavioral issues before they rob the class of valuable learning time.  Emphasis is on building students’ confidence, self-monitoring skills, and problem solving abilities.  This class takes a collaborative approach to design and develop activities specific for each participant, enabling all to return to the classroom with routines that support cooperative learning structures that eliminate inappropriate behaviors. This workshop is designed to help you on the performance aspect of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System.

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