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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 13 hours to complete

Suggested: 3-4 hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
2 hours to complete

The lives of children

How much, as teachers or parents, do we understand about the lives of children and what affects their learning? How is their identity shaped, who shapes it, and in what circumstances? How many different ‘selves’ do children inhabit and how does their ‘self’ emerge in different contexts? How are boys and girls affected differently by their upbringing and the expectations we hold of them? And how do these issues play out in the multi-cultural school and classroom? We will consider these important questions in the materials this week....
5 videos (Total 43 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Lecture 1.1: Who are the learners?9m
Lecture 1.2: Issues of identity12m
Lecture 1.3: Boys and girls10m
Lecture 1.4: The multicultural classroom8m
3 readings
Syllabus10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Outline for Week One10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 120m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

How children learn

We know a lot about children’s learning, but there is a lot that we still have to learn. How important is self-confidence and self-esteem? What do we understand by ‘agency’, the confidence to take initiative, to learn for yourself and with others? In what ways do schools and teachers often discourage agency, and how may learning be fostered in the classroom and in out-of-school contexts? How can teachers take account of so many different learning needs and ‘styles’ and differentiate teaching for different individuals and groups? And how can teachers involve children in shaping rules and roles in the classroom? These are the issues discussed over the course of these four lectures....
5 videos (Total 54 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Lecture 2.2: The concept of 'agency'6m
Lecture 2.3: Differentiating learning and teaching7m
Lecture 2.4: Rules and roles12m
Interview 1: Looking at weeks one and two18m
1 reading
Outline for Week Two10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 220m
Week
3
1 hour to complete

Engaging with students

The theme for this week is 'engaging with students'. We begin with the language of the classroom, the crucial issue of questioning how and for what purpose children are rewarded, and the use of paired and group work to engage students more actively in the lesson. We start with the question - How would you describe the nature of social interactions within: Your own classroom? Your own school? Your own country? This is a vital starting point as everything else hangs on relationships and, as discussed at the end of week two, a shared understanding of rules and roles lays the groundwork for a collaborative classroom ethos....
4 videos (Total 50 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
Lecture 3.2: Rewarding and celebrating achievement9m
Lecture 3.3: Questioning in the classroom13m
Lecture 3.4: Working in pairs, triads, and groups13m
1 reading
Outline for Week Three10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 320m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

The power of the peer group

The four lectures this week are all related to the theme of peer groups. We look at the positive and negative effects of peer groups, including how smoking drugs and alcohol problems can affect the classroom and the school, the concerning issue of bullying, and the problems that emerge when we label students in particular ways. I encourage you to write a narrative in which you bring together a reflection on your own classroom, the relationships that peers have within it and how this impacts on your teaching. At the end of this week we are offering you the second interview between myself and Professor John MacBeath, where will discuss some of the issues that arose during weeks three and four. Also, this week, as well as the quiz, you should be starting to finalise the second peer assessment essay. ...
5 videos (Total 72 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
5 videos
Lecture 4.2: Smoking, alcohol, drugs and peer pressure12m
Lecture 4.3: Bullying12m
Lecture 4.4: Labeling11m
Interview 2: Looking at weeks three and four18m
1 reading
Outline for Week Four10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 420m
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Top Reviews

By NAJun 29th 2017

These courses are all very beneficial and an eye opener especially for new teachers. I would like also to thank the coursera organizers for a job well done, Thank you!!

By FRNov 12th 2016

Hello!\n\nI'll recommend every teacher and trainer to do this course because it really helps in making teaching better and more productive.

Instructors

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Associate Professor George Oduro

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
University of Cape Coast, Ghana
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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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