Certificate in Creating the Inclusive Classroom Online Course

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Learn About Collaborative Partnership with Your Students In this Creating the Inclusive Classroom Online Course for teachers, you'll get the training you need to reach the diverse mix of students you face every day—learning proven strategies that turn diversity into opportunity. With a mix of students who have learning disabilities, neurobiological disorders, and physical challenges, the modern classroom requires an efficient and effective teacher who can prioritize under tight deadlines and be creative on demand. Over the next six weeks, you'll learn how to be the kind of super teacher who can guide every student toward academic success. And do you know what the best part is? You don't have to tear your hair out in order to adapt each lesson so that it makes sense for all your students! We'll start our journey by talking about how students with special needs became a part of the mainstream. Then we'll discuss the inclusive classroom as a home for these students, exploring how all our kids can benefit from an adaptive learning environment. We'll examine how each child learns and what you can do to help him or her develop new strengths. You'll gain a deeper understanding about building collaborative partnerships with the special educator and classroom aides. Over the course of 12 lessons, you'll discover creative, low-budget strategies for turning your inclusive classroom into a nurturing, supportive learning environment that helps every student. If you're looking for the right way to get all your students excited about coming to school, this is the course for you!  Course Fast Facts: Only 6 weeks to complete this course
Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions You can study from home or at work at...

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There are 12 units of study

Why Inclusion?

Have you ever wondered how you're supposed to teach a simple lesson with so many different student needs to take into account? Welcome to the modern classroom! Today, every teacher works with up to six kids with special needs, and this can feel a bit overwhelming. In our first lesson, you'll learn how your classroom came to be inclusive, what this environment looks like, and how it will benefit you and your students.

The Inclusive Classroom

A lot of teachers think the inclusive classroom looks much different from the room they teach in every day. But guess what? Your classroom is already inclusive! The adaptations you make to promote inclusion are ones that every student can benefit from—and they're simple changes. In this lesson, you'll learn about the décor, rules, and communication that make the inclusive classroom as effective as possible.

Who Are Your Students?

Just who are the special needs students in your room? Believe it or not, they're not that different from you or me. These kids have some extra challenges, yes, but that just means they have even more opportunities to grow. Today, you'll learn about the common learning disabilities, neurobiological disorders, and physical disabilities that we see in our students.

Managing Students in the Classroom

If I had a nickel for every time a teacher has asked me how to manage the classroom, I'd be rich! But in all seriousness, classroom management is about the right techniques at the right time. See, we want to give students the ownership over their own success, the structure to make good choices, and the motivation to keep them coming back for more. You'll about these lifesaving management techniques in today's lesson.

Finding Students' Cognitive Strengths

We all know a little something about multiple intelligence theory and how it relates to the classroom, but do you understand how to help your kids identify their own smart parts and cognitive strengths? You will after today's exciting lesson!

Using the Strength-Based Interview

Once you understand students' cognitive strengths, it's helpful to do a strength-based interview to help kids focus on the ways they learn best. Once you've got interview data, you can help students formulate appropriate goals and meaningful learning strategies. It doesn't take a lot of time, but the results are impressive!

Modifying Your Lessons

Now that you know more about students' strengths and how to turn them into goals and learning strategies, you need to stop and think about how you can help this process along. Making the right lesson modifications is the key to giving students equal access to learning opportunities. Today, we'll follow a very interesting social studies lesson to see how technology and creativity can help us modify and adapt with ease.

Helping Students Overcome Common Obstacles

As we go through the year, it's pretty common to see at least one or two students falling into common learning traps. In this lesson, we're going to talk about learned helplessness, tunnel vision, and isolationist thinking, three obstacles to student success. As we discuss each trap, we'll also discover ways to turn it into an opportunity so students can maximize their learning potential.

Recognizing Your Teaching Style

Well, we've already talked a lot about your classroom and your students, but we haven't spent much time on you! Teachers are the glue that holds the classroom together, so today let's spend some time talking about your own learning style and how it affects the classroom dynamic.

Encouraging Collaboration

As you may know from experience, the inclusive classroom can't function without productive collaboration—between you, your students, aides, volunteers, school support professionals, and the like. Today, you'll learn the joys (and common pitfalls) of collaboration so that you can start every relationship on solid footing.

Working With Co-teachers

Along with collaboration comes co-teaching, where more than one teacher works to serve the needs of all students. While this can turn into a sticky situation or a fight for territory, there's no need to make co-teaching adversarial! In fact, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy the benefits of this very adaptable teaching style. Learn how to make this relationship work for you in this lesson.

Evaluating Your Effectiveness

We often get so busy teaching that we forget to stop and see how things are going. In this final lesson, we'll talk about the best ways to reflect on our inclusive classrooms and their successes and shortcomings. As we discover what works and what doesn't, we'll also look at some simple solutions for overcoming common obstacles.

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Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes,...
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