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Having Conversations with Difficult Students:
An Alternative to Classroom Discipline
This course will provide classroom teachers grades K-12 with insight into different psychological perspectives, most importantly Narrative Therapy. This more in depth view of the individual can be used as a tool assisting with classroom discipline. The course will allow teachers to become more knowledgeable about personality theories along with treatment modalities such as Narrative Therapy and Self-Psychology. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and learn more about how personalities and environmental factors make their way into the classroom, ie the disruptive student. A better understanding of "acting out" behavior via an eclectic approach along with real case examples will enhance ones ability to intervene with the difficult student more effectively.
Learning Disabilities and Instructional Techniques
This course is a survey of the general field of learning disabilities, including history and definitions, as well as assessment and remediation. It is designed to provide teachers with an understanding of the characteristics of learning disabilities, components of special education laws, as well as assessment and remediation of special student populations. This course will assist teachers in examining ways to prepare and maintain students with disabilities in the general education classroom. In addition, participants will gain a deep understanding of the Individual Education Plan process. Candidates will investigate content area instructional strategies, with particular emphasis on reading, writing and mathematics, which will allow diverse student populations to access the general curriculum.
Psychology of Learning
This core course explores human growth and development from birth to age eighteen. Particular attention is given to exploring the relationship between developmental theory and knowledge and educational decisions and practice. Various theoretical perspectives are covered as well as specific developmental areas, such as physical-motor, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development. How children develop as thinkers and learners, specifically how problems are solved at different points in development, is emphasized. In addition, students develop a clear understanding of the process of objective observation of children, as well as observation and recording skills appropriate for investigating various aspects of child development and behavior.
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