This blog is being launched to promote a MOOC I will be teaching with my former principal Mr. W. Charles Thomas. The course will be called Improving Teacher and Student Relationships. It will be free and hosted by the Canvas Network (www.canvas.net).
This course will give both traditional classroom and virtual teachers resources for improving relationships and interactions with students. After reviewing research and current trends in learning and motivation theory, this course will allow teachers to think-aloud and practice with new tools within a caring community of instructors seeking to improve their classroom practices. Playlists of leveled readings, video lectures, and research-based curricular resources will assist course participants in applying their learning and getting ready for the start of a great school year. One instructor will offer the virtual teacher’s perspective, while the other will cover the traditional, brick and mortar classroom teacher’s viewpoint.
This six-week course will provide videos, readings, and bulletin board discussions on improving classroom relationships and interactions. We will employ frequent, interactive video quizzes, offer simulations in solving problems of practice, and peer reviewed projects to keep adult learners engaged in pedagogy. Playlists of research-based activities will allow teachers to “thinkaloud” and practice with new tools within a caring instructional community. One instructor will offer the virtual teacher’s perspective, while the other will cover the traditional, brick and mortar classroom teacher’s viewpoint.
I hope you will join us when we head back to school in September 2014.