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    Over the last three decades, school shootings have become increasing more frequent. Why is this happening? Our Bullying in Schools course discusses the connections between school shootings, bullying, and gender and social demands placed on children in our schools. Bullying has reached disturbing levels across the country and no one is immune. We’ll discuss aspects of masculinity, social status, violence against girls, cyber-bullying, gay bashing, and adult bullying. This course introduces you to the effects bullying has on our communities and techniques for creating a caring learning environment for our children.

    Technology and content area curriculum should be partnered in such a way to enhance not just learning for the students, but also increase enthusiasm for the teachers. Student’s today have at their fingertips access to a variety of information and communications that did not exist when their teachers were children. Students seamlessly integrate new technologies into their lives in ways that mystify many adults. Our classrooms must capture and keep students attention and focus. Today that means utilizing as much technology throughout each subject every day. Our course promotes the use of technology throughout all curriculum.

    Everyone who reads written language employs reading strategies. When teaching students to read, you are showing learners the kinds of reading decisions that proficient readers make rapidly and automatically to understand the text. When readers use these strategies often enough in a conscious and deliberate way, at some point, the practices become unconscious skills that they apply automatically whenever they read. This course focuses on practical "how-to" instructions to practice while helping students gain a greater understanding of what they are reading. Our Teaching the Struggling Reader course provides strategies for teachers and parents to use to help give their young readers the confidence they need to gain a love of reading!

    All teachers want children to fulfill their creative potential, but teachers and other adults often unintentionally stifle creativity. Fueling Creativity in the Classroom is designed to help teachers know and understand the skills that children need to thrive in the future: knowing how to learn, passion and curiosity, people skills, and creativity. Teachers need to ensure that every single early childhood setting is a place where ideas can grow and our course will help new and seasoned teachers with their approach in fostering creativity for the students in their classrooms.

    As an educator, you work to make sure your students are in a physically safe classroom environment, but what about socially and emotionally? It is extremely important for students to feel valued, that their social identity and cultures are accepted, and that they are welcomed members of the classroom. Our Creating Safe Classroom Environments course helps educators gain the knowledge for building positive, trustworthy, and challenging curriculum and environments that allow students to flourish. These practices help to empower students to take charge of their own learning and goals.

    The ability to manage a classroom is one of the most crucial skills any educator can cultivate. The Classroom Management Secrets course is designed to develop these skills through practical advice and step-by-step instructions. Educators will learn to create a classroom management plan that motivates students to practice proper behavior in the classroom, as well as handle difficult students, fuel intrinsic motivation, teach routines, and be a calmer, more effective teacher.

    Bullying has become a growing issue in schools and children's lives. Educators must play a part in the prevention and identification of bullying and harassment in their classroom and school. In this course, we will discuss how to prevent, identify, and discipline harassment and bullying in the classroom and learning environment.

    Educators play a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect by identifying signs and providing a safe environment for students. In this course, we will discuss what the role educators play in child safety and explore physically safe environments for their students.

    Preschool Fun Ideas is an overview of age appropriate practices for early childhood educators. This course covers the fundamentals of creating engaging and nurturing learning centers, discusses the importance of each learning domain, gives examples of activities to incorporate into your daily schedule, and gives you a hands on experience creating your own lesson plan.

    Are you ready to flip your classroom? Thinking about using a less than traditional method of teaching in your class? After learning about the history of the “flipped classroom,” you will look at how the roles and expectations of students and teachers change when using this model. No longer are students using textbooks and sitting in rows with a chalkboard. Today’s generation is using the Internet and technology to approach learning. Teachers are facilitator’s and encourage learning through interacting with the students, not lecturing. The Flipped Classroom course will give you strategies and tips to effectively implement the model into your class.