How often do you hear students say, “When will I use this?” or “Why does this matter?” This course explores an instructional approach meant to engage students in a deep understanding of concepts. Supported by the framework, Teaching for a Robust Understanding (TRU), the course will examine the attributes that create opportunities for an environment where all students are actively engaged in becoming knowledgeable, flexible, and resourceful disciplinary learners.
Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours
Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 classroom teachers who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of how to connect students with content with well-developed curriculum design. Both new and experienced teachers wanting to improve their craft will benefit from this course.
Course Materials: Depending on the grade level you teach or your area of interest, choose your required text below to purchase:
Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding: Harnessing Natural Curiosity for Learning That Transfers, Elementary, by Julie Stern, Nathalie Lauriault, and Krista Ferraro, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.
Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding: Designing Lessons and Assessments for Deep Learning, Secondary, by Julie Stern, Krista Ferraro, and Juliet Mohnkern, available at Amazon.com or your local bookstore.
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