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Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-4 hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Simplified)...

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100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-4 hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Chinese (Simplified)...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Being a Teacher: A Professional Privilege

This first week gives an introduction to the course and asks what it is to be a teacher. This is a chance for you to reflect on you own identity and aspirations as a teacher and gain an informed understanding of the world, or worlds, of childhood. You will build on and extend your existing knowledge as a teacher. We will discuss the ways in which teaching can be defined as a profession and what it means to be a professional teacher....
Reading
4 videos (Total 47 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Lecture 2: Being a Teacher8m
Lecture 3: The World of Childhood11m
Lecture 4: Being a Professional14m
Reading4 readings
Syllabus10m
Grading and Logistics10m
General Overview10m
Outline for Week One: Being a Teacher: A Professional Privilege10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 120m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Thinking About Learning

The videos in this week are all related to the theme of children and young people’s learning. The emphasis is on thinking ‘skills’ – learning how to think effectively and creatively. We ask how you as a teacher ensure that students are thinking while they are in your classroom. You will write an essay which brings together the various strands of your learning. This is for your own professional development, but it will also help you to consider what the implications are for teaching and learning in your own classroom....
Reading
4 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Lecture 2: Thinking About Thinking10m
Lecture 3: Teaching for Learning12m
Lecture 4: Thinking About Curriculum14m
Reading1 reading
Outline for Week Two: Thinking about Learning10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 220m
Week
3
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

How Good is My Classroom?

This week is focused on the classroom and asks you to consider the question ‘How good is my classroom?’ It asks you to revisit, replay, and bring together the many ingredients that make a classroom a stimulating place for learning and an enjoyable and engaging place for teaching. We come back to the importance of assessment for learning. As Dylan Wiliam says, ‘assessment is minute by minute in the classroom’, not simply something that happens at the end of the course....
Reading
4 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Lecture 2: Questioning8m
Lecture 3: Thinking about Assessment12m
Lecture 4: Planning for Improvement14m
Reading1 reading
Outline for Week Three: How Good is my Classroom?10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 320m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Continuing to Learn in a Changing World

This week focuses on ways that we can help children to live and learn in a world of change. We will consider the importance of cultivating creativity and acknowledging multiple types of intelligence. We will also look at learning that takes place informally outside of school. We will identify key features of excellent practice in schools and look at the benefits of professional development. This is the final week of this course. If you have stayed with us to the end, congratulations! This may be an ending but it is also a beginning as you move on to the next course....
Reading
4 videos (Total 49 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Lecture 2: Outside of School15m
Lecture 3: Professional Development10m
Lecture 4: A Review: Questions of Professionalism12m
Reading1 reading
Outline for Week Four: Continuing to Learn in a Changing World10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz 420m
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Top Reviews

By MGOct 4th 2015

Thanks a lot Coursera! Appreciation Commonwealth Education Trust. Thank you dear Professor John MacBeath and everybody contributing to the development and running this wonderful experience for us.

By CMAug 30th 2017

This course is really useful to new and experienced teachers, instructors from kindergarten to college levels. It brings you to meet yourself in new perspective of teaching and learning context.

Instructor

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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. ...

Frequently Asked Questions

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