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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

What is a teacher?

The first week of this course looks at what it means to be a teacher. We look at the many roles that a teacher plays and why each of these is important. We consider what it means to be an effective teacher. We look at ways in which we can improve what we do as teachers using a model of continuous professional development. Finally, we consider what a philosophy of education is and how we can develop a philosophy that guides our teaching.

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5 videos (Total 45 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Lecture 1.311m
Lecture 1.47m
5 readings
Syllabus10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Portfolio and Other Activities10m
FAQ Updated10m
Week One Outline10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 120m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Myself and My Learning

The second week of this course looks at teachers’ sense of identity, and the differing reasons and motivations people have for becoming a teacher. We ask you to consider the influences on you and particularly the people who may have played a part in your decision to join the profession. You will reflect on the nature of transactions in the classroom and the differing ways in which students respond to how teachers address them. The fourth lecture draws on educational theorist Jacob Kounin’s key strategies that expert teachers to manage classrooms effectively.

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5 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Lecture 2.411m
Interview 113m
1 reading
Week Two Outline10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 220m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Influences on my learning

The third week of this course continues the theme of how your teaching and learning has been influenced by other key people or events. You will learn about the primary motivations that persuade people to take up teaching as a career. How do you communicate with children, or adult learners, in ways that helps them to grasp key concepts and ways of thinking? Reflecting on your teaching and on your students’ learning may help you to have a greater impact as a teacher. The fourth lecture, entitled Asking or Telling address fundamental issues of pedagogy, reminding us that ‘telling’ is rarely an effective strategy for teaching either as a teacher or a parent, whereas questioning requires activity and involvement on the part of the learner.

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4 videos (Total 51 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
Lecture 3.48m
1 reading
Week Three Outline10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 320m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Impacts on my learning

This week we look at the impact our social identities have on our learning. The four lectures in week four are all related to the theme of difference. It will be important for you to think about your own socialization and how you learned about difference. Is difference something you learned to value or is it something you have learned to ridicule? Think about how you deal with difference in your personal context and in your classroom. We encourage you to write a narrative in which you bring together a reflection on your own socialization and how this impacts on your teaching.

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5 videos (Total 66 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Lecture 4.410m
Interview 217m
1 reading
Week Four Outline10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 420m
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Top reviews from Foundations of Teaching for Learning: Being a Teacher

By KANov 18th 2016

Really liked this course it gave me so much to learn, improve and development. One of the best course for teachers. And I would like to thanks the professors of this course. THANK YOU!

By NAJun 29th 2017

I really enjoyed all coursera classes, one of the best platform offering courses when it comes to material, topics, communication and organization. Thank you, job well done!!

Instructors

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Professor Dennis Francis

Dean of Education
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
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Professor John MacBeath

Professor Emeritus
University of Cambridge, UK

About Commonwealth Education Trust

The Commonwealth Education Trust invests in primary and secondary education and the professional development of teachers throughout their careers. Through education it seeks to enhance the opportunities for children from all walks of life to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities. ...

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